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Brand New: Fox and the Bird

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“Big and hopeful and reminds us that life can be hard, but hard can be good” – USA TODAY
“The Dallas-based folk band Fox & The Bird sound like The Decemberists and The Avett Brothers jamming on an ocean voyage. If you like nice harmonies and acoustic instruments, you will likely fall in love with their song “Wreck of the Fallible.” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
“Local beloveds Fox and the Bird take their straightforward folk sensibility and throw it in a blender on high with beautiful melodies and sing-along, foot-stomping tunes.”  – DALLAS OBSERVER”Beautiful folk with a dark side.” – PEGASUS NEWS

A folk-pop band with gang vocals and layered harmonies, Fox and the Bird is a choral collective of rotating songwriters and singers. The band’s characteristically rich, up-beat orchestration is hitched to banjos, accordions, ukuleles & fiddles to form the foundation of a sound reminiscent of hard times and high hopes.
Fox & The Bird’s latest album, Darkest Hours, is a sorrowfully appropriate title for an unapologetically bare-bones, brutally honest folk album. From lyrics chronicling the confusion of lost love in “Ashes” and “Bend” to commentary on the darkly violent tendencies seen in human nature as presented in “Habit” and “Valley,” the album laments hardship, poverty, death, loss… those moments in life when the darkness seems most impenetrable.But while Darkest Hours is a heavy follow-up to the band’s debut Floating Feather, lyrically, their characteristic rich, up-beat orchestration carries us through the darkness with an innate sort of joy and hints at the light that inevitably follows even our darkest of hours.

Fox and the Bird continues to produce and self-release its albums, touring and always committed to music that is made on back porches, in living rooms and on the streets. Darkest Hours is set for release January 14th, and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats.
FOX & THE BIRD TOUR DATES
2/26 – Lucky’s Everyday, Wichita, KS
2/27 – Replay Lounge, Lawrence, KS
3/7 – Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN
3/8 – Maxine’s, Hot Springs, AR
(more dates to be announced soon)
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New Download: O’Death’s “Bugs”

Check out this new video from O’Death: Filmed on the coast of Maine, the video depicts a duo of mysterious, masked individuals, in abstract journey and ritual, seemingly swallowed by darkness. Simultaneously colorful and dark, the video is the perfect companion to the evocative song.

O’Death is a 6 member American folk rock band from Brooklyn. Today they are beginning an extensive tour in support of their new album, Outside. Everyone knows I’m not too big on folk music, but I am loving these guys. With the usage of a banjo, fiddle and ukulele, their music is more upbeat and happier than other “folk” music. I cannot wait to go see these guys JAM out when they’re here in Pittsburgh next month. If you have the chance to make it to one of their shows, you should take up on it, it’s sure to be a great time. 

Listen/download the first track (and possibly my favorite) from the new album: “Bugs

O’DEATH TOUR DATES:

  • Wednesday, Mar. 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
  • Thursday, Mar. 31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
  • Friday, Apr. 1 – Missoula, MT @ The Palace w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
  • Saturday, Apr. 2 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
  • Sunday, Apr. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
  • Monday, Apr. 4 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
  • Tuesday, Apr. 5 – Pueblo, CO @ Red Raven Gallery w/ Sasquatch, The Haunted Windchimes
  • Wednesday, Apr. 6 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
  • Thursday, Apr. 7 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
  • Friday, Apr. 8 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ Grandchildren
  • Saturday, Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Grandchildren
  • Monday, Apr. 11 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ The Hollows, Grandchildren
  • Tuesday, Apr. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe w/ Grandchildren
  • Wednesday, Apr. 13 – Grantham, PA @ Messiah College
  • Thursday, Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Grandchildren
  • Friday, Apr. 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Grandchildren
  • Saturday, Apr. 16 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
  • Wednesday, Apr. 27 – Dublin, Ireland @ the Workman’s Club
  • Thursday, Apr. 28 – Cork, Ireland @ Crane Lane Theatre
  • Friday, Apr. 29 – Clonakilty, Ireland @ De Barras
  • Saturday, Apr. 30- Galway, Ireland @ Kelly’s Bar & Lounge
  • Monday, May 2 – London, UK @ Cargo
  • Wednesday, May 4 – Paris, France @ La Fleche d’Or
  • Thursday, May 5 – Luzern, Switzerland @ Vasco da Gama, Frigorex
  • Friday, May 6 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland @ Tap Tab
  • Saturday, May 7 – Zürich, Switzerland @ El Lokal
  • Sunday, May 8 – Schorndorf, Germany @ Manfaktur
  • Monday, May 9 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
  • Wednesday, May 11 – Prague, Czech Republic @ K4
  • Thursday, May 12 – Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol
  • Friday, May 13 – Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island
  • Saturday, May14 – Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
  • Monday, May 16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
  • Tuesday, May 17 – Nuremberg, Germany @ MuZ
  • Wednesday, May 18 – Cologne, Germany @ Studio 672
  • Saturday, May 21 – Middleburg, The Netherlands @ De Spot

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