Smallpools, the Los Angeles 4-piece announce two new tours today. After headlining the sold out Neon Gold’s Popshop West party on September 4th, the band will divide their time between the studio working on the full-length debut and touring with Walk The Moon in October and 21 Pilots in November. The foursome consist of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums), just finished their tour with San Cisco
to a wild response.The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim. Neon Gold
calls “Mason Jar”
“a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men
gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools’ youthful, Two Door
Their first single “Dreaming” was produced by Captain Cuts and instantly shot to #1 of Hype Machine within the first 3 days of its revealing. Check out where I originally posted “Dreaming” and a couple other remixes here
AND check out the latest remix below.
Smallpools live dates:
$ with Walk The Moon
* with 21 Pilots
- 09/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (SOLD OUT)
- 09/08 – Syracuse, NY @ Syracuse University
- 09/16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 09/21 – Oceanside, CA @ 94.9 FM Independence Jam (w/ Cage The Elephant)
- 09/26 – Laramie, WY @ University of Wyoming
- 10/08 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues $
- 10/09 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues $
- 10/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom $
- 10/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater $
- 10/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory $
- 10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom $
- 10/18 – Hollywood, CA @ The Palladium $
- 10/21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater $
- 10/22 – Vancouver, CAN @ Vogue Theater $
- 10/23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO $
- 10/24 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory $
- 10/26 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater $
- 10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue $
- 10/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater $
- 10/31 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater $
- 11/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
- 11/29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *
- 11/30 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore (89x show) *
- 12/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
Chicago based duo Wild Belle have announced an extensive fall headlining tour that will kick off September 5 in Madison, WI. The band recently made their Lollapalooza debut before they headed to San Francisco to play Outside Lands. After previously touring the states opening for Passion Pit and Toro y Moi, Wild Belle will travel across North America and back for over 25 headlining tour dates -making this their biggest headline tour to date (full list of dates below). To catch a glimpse of Wild Belle’s life on the road, watch the band’s self-directed video POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD Nº3.
Wild Belle’s live performances have been recognized for their catchy hooks and infectious sound. The band took their effortlessly sunny set on the festival circuit this summer with performances at Coachella, Sasquatch, Firefly, Full Moon Festival, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. The musical talents of both siblings shine during the band’s live performances, with Rolling Stone noting how “Natalie (breezes) about the stage with relaxed bravado while Elliot (switches) effortlessly between keyboards and sax…creating an organic wall of sound.”
In June the band stopped by a Los Angeles bike shop to record a performance with KCRW of “Love Like This” for NPR’s Field Recordings. Noted by the Chicago Tribune for their “breezy sounding pop music,” Wild Belle is currently featured in Glamour’s summer music issue and as Time Magazines “Band to Watch”.
Wild Belle is Natalie and Elliot Bergman. The band is joined live by Kellen Harrison (bass) as well as fellow NOMO members Erik Hall (guitar) and Quin Kirchner (drums).
Wild Belle on tour:
- 8/17 Sterling Heights, MI MoPop Music Festival
- 9/5 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
- 9/6 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s Oasis
- 9/7 St. Louis, MO LouFest
- 9/13 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club *
- 9/14 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room *
- 9/16 Denver, CO The Bluebird Theater *
- 9/18 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge *
- 9/19 Boise, ID Neurolux *
- 9/21 Seattle, WA Crocodile *
- 9/22 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club *
- 9/24 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *
- 9/26 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
- 9/28 Los Angeles, CA The Echoplex *
- 9/30 Tucson, AZ Club Congress *
- 10/1 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
- 10/3 Dallas, TX House of Blues – Cambridge Room *
- 10/4 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
- 10/7 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church *
- 10/8 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
- 10/9 Boston, MA Paradise *
- 10/11 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
- 10/13 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
- 10/15 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder
- 10/16 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree
- 10/17 Atlanta, GA The Earl
- 10/19 Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
- 10/20 Asheville, NC Emerald Lounge
- 10/21 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade
- 10/22 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall *
- 10/23 Pittsburgh, PA The Rex Theatre *
- 10/26 Chicago, IL Metro *
*supported by Saint Rich
I came really super close to not being able to make it to this sold out show here in Pittsburgh this past Monday. And oh, let me just say, I would have thrown some MAJOR fits and tantrums if I had missed this!
But, my friends over at BB Gun Press totally saved the day and helped this girl out. And I couldn’t have been any happier. If you keep up with my ramblings, you’d know that I couldn’t WAIT to see Fitz and the Tantrums perform “The Walker” live. At one point, I really thought they weren’t going to play it, either! They waited until the very end, and performed it for one of their encores! Which, surprised me because I thought I’d hear “The Walker” earlier and they would save “Out Of My League” for an encore. BUT, they played it earlier, and “Moneygrabber” was the second song in their set. Oh, and they did a pretty awesome cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” too.
I really wanted to upload the video of “The Walker”…BUT:
- It sort of got screwed up and ended up being split into two videos.
- My phone isn’t letting me upload it.
- Anddddd you can hear me screaming like a maniac that just got let out of a mental institution.
So, here’s a few pics instead.
Also, I don’t wanna forget to shout out to the opening bands of the evening, too. Ivy Levan was beautiful and wonderful!
Here’s a pic from her Twitter:
And here’s a video incase you need introduced:
And also a shout to Saints of Valory, who were also quite awesome…and nice guys. I’m not finding any official videos to post, but if you want to check out their new EP Possibilities that just came out yesterday, you can check it out here. I like “Long Time Coming.”
Listen: Saints of Valory – Possibilities EP
Check out this pic from their Facebook page where they’re representin’ the Burgh and our beautiful bridges!
Last night I went to see Chappo playing at a venue that I’d never been to, 6119. The name is also the address. My friend and I finally found it by the small logo on the door. “It doesn’t look open,” she said. “This is the loading door only, it says,” I explained. So, we took a stroll around the block to the other side of the building and alas, there was the entrance (though still quite hidden).
We went up some steps and there were two guys sitting there taking money and checking ID’s. I saw there was no credit card machine, so I asked, “Is this place cash only?” They said yeah, but there was an ATM upstairs. Perfect. “Is there alcohol up there?” “Yeah,” the guy laughed. Perfect. Okay, so we had enough cash to get us upstairs and then we could get more out of the ATM.
When we went upstairs, it was pretty cool. It was a long hallway with the stage at the end. We went to the bar and tried to figure out what to get to drink. The bartender described the place as a “glorified house party,” which I liked. After our first or second drinks, I noticed the ATM had no shine to it. It wasn’t plugged in. I asked our bartender friend if it was available. “It’s broken,” she said. Well, that ended our alcohol intake. Despite that, we had a really good time. One of the people working there told us that the place hasn’t been open for quite a year yet, but it’s set to shut down shop next month. Good thing we made it just in time! Someone bought the buildings on the block and so the venue will be looking for a new home.
Chappo was better than I expected. When I listened to their album, not many of the songs stuck with me, but hearing them live made me LOVE it. I also know the drummer from about 5 years ago when he played with a different band. He said that this show was a little bit different because it wasn’t really a “rock club” and there weren’t as many people as they’d had on other legs of the tour. Regardless, he assured me they’d play with the same amount of gusto. And gusto they had. Alex Chappo passed around a huge ass dreamcatcher and encouraged us to put our dreams in it, which was really cool. He also talked about stuff like ghosts and shapeshifters, which I thought was also really cool. Surprisingly, they played their hit “Come Home” three songs in. It may have surprised me, but I like the unpredictableness of it. Towards the end of the show, he asked us to stand around in a semi-circle where we all danced and clapped along.
I heard they’re working on a new album at the moment, too.
- Chappo Tour Dates (musicallyamusing.com)
Filed under Awesome, Shows
In October of last year, I posted an intro to Hank & Cupcakes as well as a free download of “Sweet Potion”. Now, here’s the video to check out. Also, the duo will be here in Pittsburgh for a show at Howler’s on March 27th.
Download: Hank & Cupcakes – “Sweet Potion”
Two nights ago, a group of us went to see Passion Pit. I was excited to see them, and one of the opening acts, Youngblood Hawke (which I interviewed back in August and you can check it out here). Youngblood Hawke’s set was really fun and upbeat. A friend of mine didn’t know who they were, but said she really liked them. They played all of the songs from their EP. The crowd was really pleased with “We Come Running” when they ended their show with the recent alt rock hit. They were a great predecessor to Passion Pit.
When Passion Pit came out, everyone went crazy. Their first song was “Take a Walk” and it was awesome! I was surprised because it’s not very often that a band starts out with one of their biggest hits, but they did, and I liked it. They mixed between songs from Manners and their newest album Gossamer. It seemed to me that everyone really digs Manners more. Things were a little slowed down when songs from Gossamer were performed. Then, at the very end everyone perked right up when they finished their set with “Sleepyhead”. I couldn’t WAIT to hear it and apparently everyone else felt the same. It was also super cool that all the other band members that were touring with them all came out on stage to dance around. One of them was taking video of the whole thing, catching glimpses of the audience and the other musicians jammin’ out. My favorite parts of their performance were the first and last songs. They had a great turn out for their first show in Pittsburgh. Make sure you check out the awesome video at the top of this post that someone took of the finale. It gives me chills of happiness when I watch it and remember that feeling of being there.
Indie-electronic dance band, Gemini Club, are pleased to announce their new tour dates for this September. The three-piece have wowed their hometown of Chicago for the past two years with their unique live shows and now, for the first time, are expanding their live performance to North America’s North East. The band will be performing songs from the Future Tidings EP as well as their lastest EP release, Here We Sit.
Part of the band’s live allure lies within their tech-savvy nature. Known for their innovative techniques, the band have developed their own “rigs” which allow on-the-fly remixing of the songs, creating one-of-kind performances unlike any other.
In addition, the band will be carrying out a new mixtape series every month. Pigeons and Planes has just premiered the first of the series which can be heard and downloaded here. Furthermore, the band has recently released their third single from the Here We Sit EP, “Sparklers”.
Download: Gemini Club – “Sparklers”
Gemini Club Tour Dates:
- 9/5 – The Bishop – Bloomington, IN
- 9/6 – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
- 9/7 – Pianos (Lounge) – New York, NY
- 9/9 - The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
- 9/11 – The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
- 9/12 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
- 9/13 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Capsula’s ripping set will feature songs from the critically acclaimed sophomore album and sonic masterpiece, In The Land of Silver Souls (Krian Music Group) that has been garnering nationwide praise from media and fans alike. Their music roars with a combination of garage rock toughness and modern style that have earned them a wide range of comparisons from The Stooges and The Pixies to Sonic Youth and David Bowie.
Their first single “Hit ‘n’ Miss” kicks off with a classic garage rock riff, before Martin rips into a Bowie-esque tale about the rise and fall of those seeking fast stardom in the big city.
“The album’s single, “Hit ‘N’ Miss,” resonates like a distant cousin to David Bowie’s “Suffragette City,” featuring a chorus that should have you singing along fairly quickly.” – RCRD LBL
“Listeners who have been hankering for a satisfying set of down and dirty rock and roll basics, served up with energy and panache, will find their dreams answered. Party on, Garth.” - PopMatters
Witnessing Capsula live is an experience not easily forgotten, as they tear though blistering washes of guitar and pounding rhythms delivered with the true essence of punk rock attitude.
Capsula continues to prove that rock and roll is definitely a universal language. You don’t have to understand every lyric of a Capsula song to capture the unbound emotion of their dirty rock.
Capsula US Tour Dates:
5/23 Highline Ballroom in New York, NY
5/24 Howard Theater in Washington, DC
5/25 Level Room in Philadelphia, PA
5/26 31st Street Pub in Pittsburgh, PA
- Check ‘Em Out: Capsula (musicallyamusing.com)
After revealing tracks with Fader and Pitchfork, the rising New York band Caveman exclusively premiered two new tracks with Stereogum and Nylon Magazine. Stereogum calls Caveman’s “Decide” “breezy, infectious folk-pop / Heavy Rotation” and Nylon Magazine described the luscious “Easy Water” as follows: “newcomers Caveman, the Brooklyn band that’s gaining massive buzz despite the fact that the group is only a little more than a year old. With lullaby vocals and woozy melodies.”
- Download “Decide” HERE
- Download “Easy Water” HERE
Mark your calendars for more new track premieres: “A Country’s King of Dreams”via MTV Hive on 8/31 and “My Room” via Rolling Stone on 9/5.
Opening with “A Country’s King of Dreams,” the band explores honey-sweet, country-tinged vocal melodies over tribal drumming. “My Time” is a slow-building pop gem, with lead singer Matthew Iwanusa’s vocals weaving in and out of band’s backing vocals. Caveman’s lush four-part harmonies, spaced-out guitars, and inventive percussion come together perfectly on the tracks “Easy Water” and “My Room.”
The band puts on a must-see live show; as you can read in this amazing Consequence of Sound live review HERE from the Chicago show last week (and I will be going to see on Thursday 9/1). Currently on tour with The War on Drugs, they’ll be back in New York for their digital album release show at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday, September 15th.
In honor of the New York five-piece’s debut release, Pitchfork revealed another stand out track from Caveman’s debut CoCo Beware “Thankful” HERE. The band has already made “Old Friend” (my favorite!) available as a free download, premiering the track with Fader Magazine. Click HERE to hear the track.
Matthew Iwanusa (lead vocals, guitar, drums)
Jimmy “Cobra” Carbonetti (guitar)
Stefan Marolachakis (drums, vocals)
Sam Hopkins (synthesizer, vocals)
Jeff Berrall (bass, vocals)
Upcoming Caveman Dates:
* w/ The War On Drugs
08/30 – St. Louis, MO @ The Biliken Club *
08/31 – Lexington-Fayette, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s *
09/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
09/02 – Washington, DC @ The Red Place *
09/15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Digital Album Release)
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Flood City Music Festival is a affordable, family-friendly three day festival taking place this weekend at a riverfront park in Johnstown, PA – less than two hours from Pittsburgh.
Flood City attracts thousands of enthusiastic music fans every summer. The Johnstown Area Heritage Association is taking this annual music festival to new heights and to a place firmly in the forefront of the best regional festivals in the country. Flood City featured Grace Potter & The Nocturnals in 2009, who were named The Rolling Stone’s Best New Artist the following year. Last year featured Los Lobos and Robert Cray. Over the years, Flood City has played host to Grammy nominees and first-rate musicians including Derek Trucks, Galactic, Donna the Buffalo, and Anders Osborne. That proud tradition continues this year with the inclusion of Gregg Allman and Bettye LaVette.