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Listen to Coast Modern’s Newest Track “Pockets Full of No”

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Sometimes the only way to get ahead is to stop following the leader and start running your own race. Coast Modern flies out of the pack with a refreshingly uninhibited sound for disenchanted dreamers everywhere. Building on an admiration for the spirit of misfit alternative bands and the fearless ethos of modern hip hop, the duo creates alternative pop with a wink that aims to push the genre into the future.

The LA duo – comprised of Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas – today release their new song, “Pockets Full of No” – a kicked back and mellowed out track that seeks to have you looking on the lighter side of life.  Speaking of the track, the duo noted; ‘Pockets’ is a song about having fun with no money. When you got pockets full of no u can still have a life full of YESSSS. 

The song comes from the band’s debut record, which is set for release later this year via 300 Entertainment / +1 Records.  Like a trip to Disneyland with each song like a stop in another world, Coast Modern’s debut album is a rollercoaster ride through a musical spectrum that spans from introspective acoustic streams of consciousness to psychedelic jams to relaxed dancehall vibes.  Coast Modern are capable of covering a large swath of musical territory, yet a strong, self-aware voice and a sense of groove tie them all together.

After releasing their debut single, “Hollow Life” in late 2015, the band has had a whirlwind of a year. Releasing a handful of tracks over the next twelve months – the anthemic “Animals,”  summer-tinged “Guru” and jungle cruise jam, “The Way It Was” (all four of which sat at the top of the HypeMachine charts), the band would later receive praise from across the blogosphere and fashion press. Their tracks would creep their way to the airwaves, garnering heavy rotation from the likes of SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW. The band made their live debut at SXSW, playing their first shows together as a band, and were subsequently scooped up to tour with BØRNS, The Wombats and The Temper Trap respectively.

The band will be playing the Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour this Spring with Missio, 888 and Sundara Karma, which kicks off next week in New Orleans.

Sirius XM Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour:

4/4 New Orleans LA – Parish Room @ House of Blues *
4/5 Atlanta GA – Masquerade *
4/6 Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge *
4/8 Charlotte NC – Underground *
4/10 New York NY – Gramercy *
4/12 Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall *
4/13 Philadelphia PA – Foundry @ The Fillmore **
4/14 Washington DC @ Songbyrd **
4/15 Cleveland OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues **
4/17 Detroit MI – The Shelter *
4/18 Chicago IL – SubT **
4/19 Milwaukee WI – The Rave Bar *
4/21 Denver CO – Marquis Theatre ***
4/22 Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge *
4/24 San Francisco CA – Slim’s **
4/25 Sacramento CA – Goldfield Trading Post *
4/27 Los Angeles CA – Troubador **
4/29 San Diego CA – Voodoo Room @ House of Blues *
4/30 Phoenix AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
5/3 Austin TX – The Parish *
5/4 Dallas TX – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues *
5/5 Houston TX – Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues *
* with Missio and 888
** with 888 and Sundara Karma
*** with Missio and Sundara Karma

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Generationals Tour Dates


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“It looks at life’s ties that bind and searches for ways to chill and not fight every battle.” NPR

“a compendium of sparky, falsetto and synth-driven indie-pop […] Like MGMT before they fell down a psych-K-hole” VICE’s Noisey

“Think of it as an ambient electro soundtrack to the segue from day to night.” – Esquire

In the midst of an already massive North American tour, New Orleans’ Generationals announce the addition of live dates through January and February of next year. Hitting Nashville, San Diego, Austin and many more, the indie-pop wizards continue their quest to leave no city unturned by their impossibly catchy melodies, synth hooks and unassuming talent.

Built up with layers of rhythm, computer noises, RZA beats and poppy vocals, the Generationals’ 4th LP Alix, released this fall, is a good-smelling, subtly sexy blend of time-warp senselessness. In keeping with the distinct spirit of the record, the band previously released their mini-film take on Alix track “Gold Silver Diamond,” and today, to share a sense of the electric atmosphere and life their tunes take on live, they share the live video for “Would You Want Me,” recorded in their hometown of New Orleans.

Comprised of band members and friends since high school Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer and produced by Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, Foxygen), Generationals fourth studio album Alix, (out now via Polyvinyl Records) gives a tangible sense of the co-captains’ history, revealing itself as perhaps the band’s most confident record yet.

Generationals Headlining National Tour Dates

% = w/ Lowell
^ = w/ ELEL

12/2: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
12/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s %
12/5: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison %
12/6: Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB%
12/7: Allston, MA @ Great Scott %
12/9: Columbus, OH @ The Basement %
12/10: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight %
12/11: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge %
1/13: Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone ^
1/14: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival)
1/15: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House ^
1/16: Champaign, IL @ Mike N Molly’s ^
1/17: Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café ^
1/18: Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival ^
1/19: Nashville, TN @ High Watt ^
2/4: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
2/5: Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
2/6: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
2/7: Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Music Club
2/10: San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
2/11: Austin, TX @ The Parish


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Stream the Generationals’ New Album, Alix!!!

Photo Credit: Cara Robbins

Photo Credit: Cara Robbins

“It looks at life’s ties that bind and searches for ways to chill and not fight every battle.” NPR

“a compendium of sparky, falsetto and synth-driven indie-pop […] Like MGMT before they fell down a psych-K-hole” VICE’s Noisey

“Think of it as an ambient electro soundtrackto the segue from day to night.” – Esquire

“ …sounds even better in 85-degree weather.” USA Today

New Orleans’ Generationals have released their highly anticipated fourth studio album Alix via Polyvinyl Records! Comprised of band members Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer and produced by Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, Foxygen), the new album has revealed itself as perhaps the band’s most confident record yet.

The album is an immediate classic, giving a tangible feeling of history which is no surprise as the duo have been friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008. Built up with layers of rhythm, computer noises, RZA beats and poppy vocals, Alix is a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die blend of time-warp senselessness. It is an album lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element but undeniably Generationals in taste.

Generationals recently announced a headlining North American tour in support of the release of Alix. Support on the run will be provided by Arum Rae and Springtime Carnivor + additional dates announced with Lowell.

ALBUM STREAM: Generationals – Alix 

(My favorites: “Black Lemon”, “It Took a Minute” and “Reading Signs”)

Generationals Headlining National Tour Dates

* = w/ Arum Rae
& = w/ Springtime Carnivore
% = w/ Lowell

10/7: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
10/8: Dallas, TX @ Prophet  Bar *
10/9: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
10/10: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
10/11: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall *
10/12: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/15: Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
10/16: Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo *
10/17: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
10/28: Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
10/29: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
10/30: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/1: Madison, WI @ Freakfest
11/2: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
11/12: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour &
11/13: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel &
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile &
11/16: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (early show/all ages) &
11/16: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (late show) &
11/17: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret &
12/2: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
12/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s %
12/5: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison %
12/6: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore %
12/7: Allston, MA @ Great Scott %
12/9: Columbus, OH @ The Basement %
12/10: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight %
12/11: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge

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The Music Box in New Orleans

Watch a video of a past performance at The Music Box

The Music Box is an interactive installation comprised of musical architecture. It was created by non-profit organization New Orleans Airlift in collaboration with 25 artists including the international street art star Swoon. The Music Box features a collection of purpose-built shacks and miniature houses, each containing an instrument or having instruments built into its structure. The wooden shacks that make up this “shanty-town” are constructed from salvaged materials reclaimed from a late-18th-century Creole cottage that collapsed on the site several years ago.

Housing a slew of unconventional and inventive instruments, The Music Box offers its visitors a blank canvas to create music in an entirely new way. Between now and the end of June The Music Box will host a series of recordings sessions and pop-up performances in the space by amazing and diverse musicians including Thurston Moore, longtime Swoon collaborators Dark Dark Dark, the beloved Cajun musician Jo-El Sonnier, the sample-based band Javelin, the Brooklyn pop punk duo Japanther, and noise heroes Black Dice.

A final performance by the Shantytown Orchestra will feature an unexpected and eclectic line-up including local musicians like  Donald Miller (of the legendary 1980’s noise band Borbetomagus),  to Rosalie “Lady Tambourine” Washinton,  a familiar New Orleans character who plays with gospel acts as well as the Neville Brothers. They will be joined by out-of town performers including the transgendered harpist Baby Dee, (a collaborator of Will Oldman and Antony and the Johnsons), Magas, the electronic wizard of Chicago, and the Brooklyn-duo Javelin. These June 8th and 9th concerts mark the very last chance to experience a full orchestral performance at The Music Box before the installation is taken down at the end of June 2012.

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Preservation Hall Announces Jazz Fest and Summer Line-Up

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is excited to announce their upcoming summer tour dates. Kicking off their tour on May 5th at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (where they will be performing twice) and touring until August.

The Hall Band’s first performance at Jazz Fest will be starting at 4:25pm, Saturday, May 5th at the Economy Hall Tent. On May 6th, the Preservation Hall band and friends will close out Jazz Fest on the Gentilly Stage with a mega performance featuring a number of special guests including Steve Earle, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Ani Difranco, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Bonnie Raitt, Wendell Eugene, and Lionel Ferbos.

As part of the Superfly During Jazzfest Concert Series, Preservation Hall Crescent City Revue featuring Preservation Hall and Friends will also perform on Saturday, May 5th at the brand new Joy Theatre, located in downtown New Orleans on Canal Street. Reminiscent of the revues of the 1920s, PHJB will be joined by a number of guests including The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, Ernie Vincent, Leo Nocentelli, Benny Jones, Uncle Lionel, Little Freddie King, David Torkanowsky, and many more to be announced. Opening for this all-star revue will be the New Orleans Rock Cabaret The New Orleans Bingo! Show.

Also being announced is this year’s 8th Annual Midnight Preserves Lineup which will feature intimate limited-seating performances at Preservation Hall featuring both national and local artists. This year’s lineup includes Steve Earle, Theresa Andersson, Henry Butler, Tao Seeger, and much more! The Midnight Preserves series will also feature the Hall’s most admired bands paying tribute to legendary Hall musicians. Proceeds from the series will benefit The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. Tickets are limited and available now at TICKETFLY.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also be releasing a limited edition 10” vinyl of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Live at Carnegie Hall in advance of the full-length concert to be released later this year. The vinyl will only be available exclusively during Jazz Fest and includes “Sweet And Low Down,” “That’s Enough,” “Saints Go Marchin In,” “Bourbon Street Parade,” and “Tootie Ma.” Only 504 copies will be available for sale.

PHJB Tour Dates

5/5: Economy Hall Tent @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

5/5: New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater

5/6: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

5/11: Black Mountain, NC @ Lake Eden Arts Festival Lakeside

5/12: Bethlehem, PA @ Arts Quest River Jazz Festival

5/18: Montreal, QC @ Montreal Chamber Music Festival

5/19: Brooklyn, NY @ The Great Googa Mooga in Prospect Park

5/20: Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse

5/25: Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival

5/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Orchestra Hall

5/27: Cumberland, MD @ 5th Annual Del Fest

6/2: Brookfield, WI @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

6/7: Coral Gables, FL @ Coral Gables Congregational Church

6/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden (with The Del McCoury Band)

6/16: Croton-on-Hudson, NY @ the Clearwater Festival

6/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

6/22: Vancouver, BC @ Centre for the Performing Arts

6/23: Victoria, BC @ TD Victoria International Jazz Fest

6/29: Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

6/30: Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

7/1: San Francisco, CA @ Sigmund Stern Grove

7/4: San Rafael, CA @ Marin County Fair

7/6: Irvine, CA @ Irvine Barclay Theatre

7/12: Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

7/13: Wichita, KS @ The Orpheum

7/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Music and Arts Festival

7/25: Interlochen, MI @ Interlochen Center for the Arts Kresge Auditorium

7/26: Boston, MA @ Boston Globe Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square

7/27: Boston, MA @ Boston Globe Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square

7/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival 2012

8/2: Wellfleet, MA @ Wellfleet Preservation Hall

8/8: Fryeburg, ME @ Fryeburg Academy Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

8/9: Waterford, CT @ B.O.M.B. FEST Harkness Memorial State Park

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New Music: Liz Green – “Hey Joe”

Liz is a 28-year-old songwriter from the UK. She first came to prominence in 2007 after winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. She followed up winning that prize with the release of her first single “Bad Medicine” in 2008. O. Devotion! is Liz’s first full-length since then, which she recorded with Liam Watson. She also enlisted a New Orleans brass band to create the woozy, brassy arrangements that appear on the album.

Listen/download: Liz Green – “Hey Joe”

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Check out this trailer for a new documentary film that features DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, these five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians (one of which is the remaining members of The Doors!!!) to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.

Some of the tracks have already been released — see the related articles below.

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Video: MUTEMATH – Blood Pressure

Rock innovators MUTEMATH have been selected as VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artist for the month of November. Launched in 2004, VH1’s “You Oughta Know” program introduces promising new artists on the rise to VH1’s base of music lovers. Many You Oughta Know” artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades including “Best New Artist” Grammy Awards and nominations.  This highly acclaimed franchise has helped break artists such as Adele, Bruno Mars, The Civil Wars, Foster The People, The Fray, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, James Blunt, Mumford & Sons, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor and many, many others.

The Grammy-nominated band released their new album Odd Soul October 4, 2011 on Teleprompt/Warner Bros. Records.   MUTEMATH celebrated with a release day performance of the first single off Odd Soul, “Blood Pressure” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch here.

The video for “Blood Pressure,” which is climbing the charts at Alternative Radio, premiered last week on all of the MTV channels. MUTEMATH, who received a “Best Short Form Music Video” Grammy Award nomination in 2007 for their single “Typical,” conceived, coordinated and shot the “Blood Pressure” clip in less than 24 hours. It was edited entirely by drummer Darren King.

“Blood Pressure” and Odd Soul are already receiving critical praise. The NY Post called the track “fantastic” and Alternative Press praised the album as “brimming with raw, bluesy riffs and psychedelic guitar squeals…MUTEMATH explore emotional depths both sonically and lyrically, bringing a new sense of urgency to their music. 4 ½ stars.” The New Orleans band is currently previewing songs off the album on a headlining tour.

MUTEMATH headlining tour dates:

  • 09/07           Charleston, SC -The Pour House
  • 09/08           Greenville, SC – The Handlebar
  • 09/09           Columbia, SC -New Brookland Tavern
  • 09/10           Athens, GA – 40 Watt
  • 09/12           Raleigh, NC – The Pour House
  • 09/13           Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox
  • 09/15           Richmond, VA – Canal Club
  • 09/16           Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
  • 09/17           Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
  • 09/18           Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
  • 09/20           Providence, RI – The Met
  • 09/22           Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
  • 09/23           Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
  • 09/24           Albany, NY – Pearl Palooza (WEQX)
  • 09/25           Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
  • 09/27           Ann Arbor, MI -The Blind Pig
  • 09/29           Lansing, MI – The Loft
  • 09/30           Milwaukee, WI – The Rave Bar
  • 10/01           Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville, Mews
  • 10/02           Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
  • 10/07           Oklahoma, City, OK -The Conservatory
  • 10/08           Waco, TX – Common Ground
  • 10/09           San Antonio, TX – Endless Music
  • 10/11           Little Rock, AK – Revolution Music Room
  • 10/12           Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
  • 10/14           Baton Rough, LA – Chelsea’s
  • 10/16           Pensacola, FL – Deluna Fest
  • 10/17           Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s
  • 10/19           Knoxville, TN – The Square Room
  • 10/20           Birmingham, AL -Workplay Theatre
  • 10/21            New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks

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