Grammer’s Sophomore Album Is One Of The Best New Pop Albums Of 2014

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records

Courtesy: S-Curve Records

Andy Grammer’s second full length album Magazines or Novels is one of this year’s best new pop albums.  Grammer shows on his new album that the past two years on the road haven’t left him any worse for wear.  He has picked up on Magazines or Novels right where he left off with his 2011 self-titled debut record as is evidenced by the album’s lead single ‘Back Home.’  The celebratory tune shows that Grammer has actually stepped things up with this album.  And the album’s opener ‘Honey, I’m Good’ is sure to impress Grammer’s female fans out there.  It takes a road far less traveled in the world of pop music.  And the equally poppy love song ‘Holding Out’ is a piece that both Grammer’s male and female fans will appreciate.  While it is a song of love found, it’s not the sappy song that so many songs of its ilk prove to be in the long run.  These three songs are just a few of the pieces that make Magazines or Novels another hit for Andy Grammer.  The album’s remaining six songs each present their own enjoyment, too.  Audiences will agree that whether it be for the songs noted here, or the remaining unnoted pieces, there is plenty of reason to call Magazines or Novels one of the best new pop albums of 2014.

Andy Grammer surprised a lot of people in 2011 when he released his self-titled debut record on S-Curve Records.  Now three years later, Grammer has shown that he isn’t just another flash-in-the-pan act on his sophomore album.  He has proven that right off the bat with the album’s celebratory single ‘Back Home.’  The infectious chorus of “It don’t matter where we go/We always find our way back home” will instantly get stuck in listeners’ heads.  And the equally positive vibe of the song’s verses set against its musical backing makes it even clearer why Grammer has a bright future.  He sings in the song’s opening verse, “I’m gonna need you to raise your glass/I don’t care what you put in it/Here’s to nights that you can’t take back/We live hard/But we love to laugh/We all thought that we’d get rich fast…See we won’t forget where we came from/This city won’t change us/We beat to the same drum/No we won’t forget where we came from/This city can’t change us/We beat to the same drum.”  From here, the song kicks into that celebratory chorus before going on to paying tribute to all the little things that make life so great in the song’s second and third verse.  The song’s upbeat musical backing throughout is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face as they sing happily along. From start to finish.  All of the elements combined here show why this song was chosen as the first representative work from Grammer’s new album.  For that matter, they combine to show why just as the album in whole is one of the year’s best, so is this single by itself one of the year’s best new songs.  The video for the song can be viewed online now at Grammer’s official website here.

‘Back Home’ is a wonderful first impression from Andy Grammer on his second full length studio effort.  It’s only one song on this record that makes the work in whole such a joy for listeners.  Another example of what makes Magazines or Novels such a joy is the album’s opener, ‘Honey, I’m Good.’  In an age when so many pop and R&B songs are centered on breakups and unfaithful significant others, Grammer has proven that it is actually possible to make a song that is about a faithful individual overcoming the temptation of cheating.  He sings in this song, “Naw, naw honey I’m good/I could have another/But I probably shouldn’t/I got somebody at home/It’s been a long night here/And a long night there/And these long, long legs have been damn near everywhere/Hold up now/You look good/I will not lie/But if you ask where I’m stayin’ tonight/I gotta be like/Awww, baby/Naw, baby/You got me all wrong, baby/My baby’s already got all of my love/So naw, naw honey, I’m good/I could probably have another/But I probably shouldn’t/I got somebody at home/And if I stay/I might not leave alone/Naw honey, I’m good/I could probably have another/But I probably shouldn’t/I gotta bid you adieu to another/I will stay true.”  It’s not the first time that Grammer has paid tribute to women, either.   He paid tribute to the memory or his mother and to women in general more than once on his self-titled debut.  So that he would pay tribute to women everywhere again is sure to impress quite a few listeners to say the least.  Audiences can check out this song on Grammer’s official website along with the video for ‘Back Home’ now here.

It’s a great thing to hear on the opener to Andy Grammer’s new LP that he takes the road far less traveled in the world of pop music.  The equally upbeat lead single ‘Back Home’ only adds to the enjoyment that is this album.  They obviously aren’t the only songs on this record that make it a standout collection of songs.  There is neither enough time nor space to point out every single song that makes Magazines or Novels work as well as it does.  There is time and space though, for at least one more example of what makes this album such a joy.  That song is the poppy love song ‘Holding Out.’  Grammer sings here about the revelation that past relationships not working out was a good thing.  In his words, it was a good thing because he realized that he was just “holding out” for a certain woman.  He sings in the song’s opening verse, “When I met you love/I hadn’t done the dirty yet/You called me a unicorn/You said that I didn’t exist/Truth is my heart was torn/The V had a couple of rips/But I was still holding on/To the edges with my fingertips.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus that that all changed when his subject met the woman in question, though.  He sings of the change, “With a little bit of prayer/With a little bit of porn star (sorry)/Couple long nights of sleeping on my own/Waiting or the right one to come along/Waiting for the right one and now I know that I was holding out for you.”  Just as Grammer takes the road less traveled in the album’s opener, so does he take that same road with this piece, too.  Rather than take the standard, sappy, overly emotional R&B-style route, he opts for a more upbeat musical backing that still manages to reflect the cautious optimism felt in the blooming romance portrayed in the song’s lyrical side.  It’s a wonderful mix of musical and lyrical sensibility that is just as certain to have audiences singing along happily.  This is especially the case for Grammer’s female audiences.  And heck, even the guys out there could use it with the women they are dating to help put into words how they feel.  It’s one more way that this piece makes Magazines or Novels in whole an album that is just as welcome among audiences whether or not they are hearing his music for the first time.

Magazines or Novels is available now in stores and online.  It can be downloaded via iTunes and Amazon direct via Grammer’s official website here.  Audiences can also pick up his new album at any of the shows on his upcoming tour which kicks off Tuesday, September 9th.  The tour includes a performance at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina on Thursday, September 11th alongside O.A.R.  As with the album, tickets for this and all of Andy Grammer’s shows can be purchased direct via Grammer’s website.  Along with the latest tour updates, audiences can get the latest news on Andy Grammer online at http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo “Jumps For Joy” Over New Album’s Release

Courtesy:  Underground Playground Records

Courtesy: Underground Playground Records

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s new album The Perfect Quirk hit stores and online outlets this week. In celebration of the album’s release, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo himself took to the skies and went sky diving! That’s right! And the full video from pre jump to landing can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5sDUqLX6Pc. The whole thing is set against the song ‘Imaginary Friend,’ which is just one of many songs included on The Perfect Quirk.

A summer tour in support of The Perfect Quirk has already been set beginning with a performance in Hurst, TX on July 11th. He will also be in his home state of North Carolina for a pair of dates on July 23rd and July 27th respectively. On July 23rd, Skidoo will perform live in Black Mountain, North Carolina at the Black Mountain Music Festival. And on July 27th, he will play a home town show in Asheville, North Carolina at the city’s famed Orange Peel. The current schedule of dates for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s summer tour is listed below.

SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO IN PERFORMANCE

Highlights – Summer 2014

July 11 – Masterworks Concert Series, Hurst, TX

July 13 – 18 – Summerstage Series, NYC

July 19 – Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA

July 23 – Black Mountain Concert Series, Black Mountain, NC

July 27 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Aug. 2 – Rox in Sox Festival, Lake Oswego, OR

Aug. 3 – The Vera Project, Seattle, WA

Aug. 4 – Bonney Lake Kids’ Club, Bonney Lake, WA

Aug. 6 – Kent Summer Concert Series, Kent, WA

Aug. 7 – Everett Summer Concert Series, Everett, WA

More information and all the latest updates on Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s tour and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/secretagent23skidoo and http://www.secretagent23skidoo.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Langhorne Slim Announces Special Record Store Day Release, Upcoming Tour

Courtesy:  Ramseur Records

Courtesy: Ramseur Records

Langhorne Slim and The Law will release a special two-song 7” vinyl in celebration of Record Store Day.

“Animal” will be released this Saturday, April 19th as part of the nation’s annual Record Store Day. The vinyl will be limited to only 1000 copies and will only be available for the day. It will retail for SRP of $6.98. Audiences that pick up the special vinyl will also receive with it, a download card with a link to a site where the song can be downloaded digitally and a link to a music video for the song. The video for ‘Animal’ was filmed while the band was on tour. The link to both the video and song download are available exclusively with purchase of the vinyl.

‘Animal’ was originally written for use in a 30-second Converse X Foot Locker advertising spot called “Made To Make A Scene.” The vinyl’s B-side is a new, previously unreleased song called ‘Space Girl.’ The band describes the song, written by Slim, as “”an improvised, psychedelic excursion recorded in a backyard in Texas.”

Slim explained in an interview that it was an indie record store in his home state of New Jersey and others across America today that helped shape his love of music today. And because they continue to be so influential today, the band wanted to give back to those shops by including its own piece to Record Store Day. “Thank goodness for independent record stores,” Slim said. “It was Princeton Record Exchange in NJ that saved me from the music shops in the mall when I was a kid.  And countless others around the country and world that have fed and nurtured my love and passion for music as a fan and provided me the ability to get my own stuff out there as an artist.  A thousand thank yous to all the indie record shops and may you live on forever!!”

Those not lucky enough to get their hands on a copy of Slim’s special new Record Store Day release can still catch the band live on tour. Langhorne Slim and The Law is set to hit the road next month along with The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, and Deer Tick. The band’s tour schedule also includes some headlining dates. The band’s current tour schedule is available below. It includes a pair of dates in North Carolina, the first being at the famed Filmore in Charlotte and the second being at The Orange Peel in Asheville.

MAY

9   Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, AL  (with Jason Isbell)

10   Fillmore, Charlotte, NC  (with Deer Tick)

11   Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA

13   The Social, Orlando, Fl  (with Deer Tick)

14   Crowbar, Ybor City, FL  (with Deer Tick)

16   The Pour House, Charleston, SC  (with Deer Tick)

17   The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC  (with Deer Tick)

18   Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC  (with Deer Tick)

20, 21  The Black Cat, Washington, D.C.  (with Deer Tick)

JUNE

14   White Snake River State Park, Indianapolis, IN (with The Avett Brothers)

15   District Square, Kalamazoo, MI  (headline)

17   Space, Evanston, IL  (headline)

19   The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO  (headline)

20   Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS  (with The Avett Brothers)

21   Cox Business Center, Tulsa, OK  (with The Avett Brothers)

JULY

5, 6   Ottawa Blues Festival, Ottawa, ON, CANADA

9-13    Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB  CANADA

31   Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT

AUGUST

1-3   Gathering of the Vibes

29-31  Campfire Outdoor Adventure & Music Festival, Lakewood, PA

 

More information on Langhorne Slim and The Law is available online at http://www.langhorneslim.com, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Langhorne-Slim/220789179696, and http://twitter.com/langehorneslim. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Tyr Release Video For New Single

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Revolver Magazine

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Revolver Magazine

Tyr has released the video for its latest single, ‘The Lay of Our Love.’  The video can be viewed online now via RevolverMag.com at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-tyr-premiere-new-music-video-the-lay-of-our-love-featuring-liv-kristine-of-leaves-eyes.html.  The band is joined by vocalist Liv Kristine on both the song and the video.  The video sees the band performing its new single against a largely CGI backdrop.  The band’s members commented on the video, explaining how its look came about and on having Kristine joining the band for the video.  “We’ve wanted to make a CGI video for a long time, and this is our first one, so we’re obviously excited for the release and reception of the video. On top of that, the presence of Liv in the video makes it even more special. All in all we’re very pleased with the result.”

The release of the band’s new single comes not long before the band hits the road to tour in support of Valkyrja, its new album.  The band will hit the road for the “Halo of Blood” tour alongside Death Angel and Children of Bodom beginning Thursday, February 13th.  The tour, which spans forty-one cities across North America, will bring the bands to North Carolina for two dates in March.  Those dates are Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th.  The bands will perform at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina on the first of the dates.  The second of the dates will see the bands perform at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The latest schedule for the “Halo of Blood” tour is listed below.

Halo of Blood Tour 2014

TÝR
02/13 Ottawa, ON Mavericks w/ Death Angel
Tour w/ Children Of Bodom, Death Angel
02/14 Quebec City, QC Imperial
02/15 Montreal, QC Metropolis
02/16 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
02/18 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
02/20 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick
02/21 Saskatoon, SK Louis Pub
02/22 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
02/23 Calgary, BC Macewan Ballroom
02/24 Kelowna, BC Level Nightclub *TÝR and Death Angel only
02/25 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
02/26 Seattle, WA El Corazon
02/27 Portland, OR The Hawthorne *TÝR and Death Angel only
02/28 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
03/01 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
03/02 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
03/03 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
03/04 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl *TÝR and Death Angel only
03/05 Salt Lake City, UT The Murray Theater
03/06 Denver, CO Summit Theater
03/07 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
03/08 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
03/10 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
03/11 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
03/12 Houston, TX House Of Blues
03/13 Shreveport, LA Riverside Roadhouse *TÝR and Death Angel only
03/14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
03/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/16 Tampa, FL  The Ritz Ybor
03/18 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
03/19 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
03/20   Richmond, VA Strange Matter *TÝR and Death Angel only
03/21 Silver Spring, MC The Fillmore
03/22 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
03/23 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
03/24 Detroit, MI  St. Andrews Hall
03/25 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
03/26 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall *TÝR and Death Angel only
03/27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
03/28 New York, NY Irving Plaza
03/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza
End Tour
04/13 St. Petersburg, RU Backstage
04/16 Omsk, RU Angar
04/17 Barnaul, RU Che Guevara
04/18 Novosibirsk, RU Rock City
04/20 Irkutsk, RU Megapolis
05/10 Copenhagen, DK Frigg Festival
South and Central American Tour w/ Korpiklaani *more dates to follow
05/30 Porto Alegre, BR Opinião
05/31 Sao Paulo, BR Clash Club
06/01 Rio De Janeiro, BR Teatro Odisséia
06/03 Buenos Aires, AR Teatro Vorterix
06/04 Santiago, CL Club Kmasu
End Tour
06/12 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell
07/18 G! Festival Runevig, FO
08/16 Falun, SE Sabaton Open Air

More information on Tyr’s new single, album, tour and more is available online at http://www.tyr.fo and http://www.facebook.com/tyrband.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Celtic Woman Announces New Album, Live DVD, Tour

Courtesy:  Manhattan Records/Blue Note Records

Courtesy: Manhattan Records/Blue Note Records

Music phenomenon Celtic Woman returns this Winter in a big way.  The four-piece will release a new album and DVD titled Emerald: Musical Gems Tuesday February 25th.  The new album and DVD will be released via Manhattan Records.  The dual release is a greatest hits package from the quartet includes hits such as ‘Mo Ghile Mear’, ‘Dulaman’, ‘She Moves Through The Fair’, ‘Caladonia’ and its own take on the timeless classic ‘Danny Boy’ among many more.  Fans can also look forward to the group’s new takes on ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’ on the new dual release.  The combo release can be pre-ordered now online via Amazon and Target at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HF95OMI?tag=smarturl-20 and http://www.target.com/p/celtic-woman-emerald-musical-gems-only-at-target/-/A-15141298 respectively.  The track listing for both the CD and DVD are available below.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

1.     Mo Ghile Mear

2.     Dúlaman

3.     Caladonia

4.     Amazing Grace

5.     The New Ground

6.     She Moved Through The Fair

7.     Bridge Over Troubled Water

8.     Níl Sé’n Lá

9.     Danny Boy

10.   The Voice

11.   The Parting Glass

12.   You Raise Me Up

DVD TRACKLISTING:

1.     AWAKENING

2.     DULAMAN

3.     NOCTURNE

4.     TEIR ABHAILE RIU

5.     COAST OF GALICIA

6.     DANNY BOY

7.     MO GHILE MEAR

8.     AMAZING GRACE

9.     SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR

10.   NIL SE’N LA

11.   SHENANDOAH-DANCER

12.   THE VOICE

13.   YOU RAISE ME UP

14.   PARTING GLASS

15.   CELTIC WOMAN PLAYOFF

BONUS

1.     CALEDONIA

2.     BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED

3.     AVE MARIA

 

Emerald: Musical Gems is not all that fans of Celtic Woman have to anticipate this year.  The group will follow up its upcoming dual release with a new PBS special, too.  The trailer for that special can be viewed online via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIzXDygc1Qk.

Celtic Woman’s upcoming live DVD, EMERALD: Musical Gems Live in Concert was recorded in 2013 in South Bend, IL, the home of the University of Notre Dame.  The production was recorded under the direction of Emmy® Award-winning music producer David Downes.  Downes previously served as music director for the famed Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance.

Downes discussed the new release in a recent interview.  He explained what the opportunity meant for him and what it will mean for Celtic Woman’s fans.  “Creating the new show allowed me the opportunity to revisit and re-imagine some of our most popular Irish songs, as well as writing some exciting new material for the show” said Downes.  “With all-new performances of these great songs—Emerald has created a whole new experience for both our longstanding fans, and for those who have just discovered our music. This is a Celtic Woman experience that will soothe the soul and have you dancing in the aisles!”

In coordination with the new releases and PBS special, Celtic Woman also has announced details for a seventy-five date North American tour that will run from February 14th – June 3rd.  The tour includes a trio of dates in North Carolina.  The first of those dates sees Celtic Woman perform at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, March 6th.  From there, Celtic Woman will move on to perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina on Friday, March 7th and the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Saturday, March 8th.

The complete tour schedule is listed below.

CELTIC WOMAN   —   2014 THE EMERALD TOUR

14-Feb

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

15-Feb

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

16-Feb

Huntsville, AL

Von Braun Center

18-Feb

Montgomery, AL

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

20-Feb

Macon, GA

Macon City Auditorium

21-Feb

Pensacola, FL

Saenger Theatre

22-Feb

Clearwater, FL

Ruth Eckerd Hall

23-Feb

Melbourne, FL

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

25-Feb

Lakeland, FL

Lakeland Center

27-Feb

Daytona, FL

Peabody Auditorium

28-Feb

Jacksonville, FL

Times-Union Center For The Performing Arts

1-Mar

Gainesville, FL

Curtis M. Phillips Center

2-Mar

Columbia, SC

Township Auditorium

4-Mar

N. Charleston, SC

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

6-Mar

Charlotte, NC

Ovens Auditorium

7-Mar

Asheville, NC

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

8-Mar

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center

9-Mar

Roanoke, VA

Roanoke Civic Center

11-Mar

Richmond, KY

EKU Center For The Arts

13-Mar

Elizabeth, IN

The Showroom At Horseshoe Southern Indiana

14-Mar

St. Louis MO

Fox Theatre

15-Mar

Green Bay, WI

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

17-Mar

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

19-Mar

Saskatoon, SK

TCU Place – Sid Buckwold Theatre

21-Mar

Edmonton, ON

Edmonton Expo Centre

22-Mar

Calgary, AB

Jack Singer Concert Hall

23-Mar

Abbotsford, BC

Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre

25-Mar

Everett, WA

Comcast Arena at Everett

26-Mar

Eugene, OR

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

28-Mar

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

29-Mar

Oakland, CA

Paramount Theatre

30-Mar

Ontario, CA

Citizens Business Bank Arena

31-Mar

San Diego, CA

San Diego Symphony Hall

1-Apr

Costa Mesa, CA

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

7-Apr

Tucson, AZ

Tucson Music Hall

8-Apr

Tempe, AZ

ASU Gammage Auditorium

9-Apr

Albuquerque, NM

Popejoy Hall

10-Apr

El Paso, TX

Plaza Theatre

13-Apr

Houston, TX

Hobby Center

14-Apr

Corpus Christi, TX

American Bank Center – Selena Auditorium

15-Apr

San Antonio, TX

Majestic Theatre

17-Apr

Tulsa, OK

Mabee Center

19-Apr

Denver, CO

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

22-Apr

Greeley CO

Union Colony Civic Center – Monfort Concert Hall

23-Apr

Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne Civic Center Performing Arts Theatre

24-Apr

Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Center

26-Apr

Lawrence, KS

Lied Center of Kansas

27-Apr

Sioux City, IA

Orpheum Theatre

29-Apr

Duluth, MN

Symphony Hall

1-May

Rockford, IL

Coronado Performing Arts Center

2-May

Peoria, IL

Peoria Civic Center

3-May

Milwaukee, WI

Riverside Theater

6-May

Evansville, IN

The Centre

8-May

Detroit, MI

Fox Theatre

9-May

Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan Theater

10-May

Saginaw, MI

The Dow Event Center – The Heritage Theater

11-May

Columbus, OH

Palace Theatre

13-May

Cincinnati, OH

Aronoff Center for the Arts

14-May

Akron, OH

Akron Civic Theatre

17-May

Pittsburgh, PA

The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

18-May

Dayton, OH

Schuster Performing Arts Center

20-May

Williamsport, PA

Community Arts Center

21-May

New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

22-May

Washington, DC

Warner Theatre

27-May

Baltimore, MD

The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

29-May

Burlington, VT

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

30-May

Bangor, ME

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

3-Jun

Albany, NY

Palace Theatre

5-Jun

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theater

6-Jun

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theater

7-Jun

Lancaster, PA

American Music Theater

 

More information on Celtic Woman’s upcoming CD/DVD, PBS special, tour and more is available online at http://celticwoman.com, http://www.facebook.comcelticwoman and http://twitter.com/Celtic_Woman.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Pixies Announce New Tour Dates, Music Video

Photo Credit:  Michael Halsband

Photo Credit: Michael Halsband

The road rolls on for veteran rock group, The Pixies.  The Boston based quartet has announced that it has added a new North American leg to its current worldwide tour.  The thirty-three date tour will kick off on January 15th in Toronto, Ontario Canada.  From there, the band will hit a number of dates in the Northeast before heading south to finish off the month of January.  It will close out January with a performance at the famed Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) in Durham, North Carolina on January 31st.  It will kick off the month of February by heading west to the mountains of North Carolina and a performance in Asheville, NC on February 1st.  That performance will be at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Cults will provide support for both performances.

The remainder of February will see the Pixies perform at dates in the Midwest, West Coast, and Southwest.  It all wraps up on March 1st with a performance at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX.  Tickets for this and other shows are available online at http://www.pixiesmusic.com.

Along with the upcoming U.S. tour, Pixies fans have a new video from the band to check out, too.  The band has debuted the video for ‘Andro Queen’, the opening track from the band’s new EP, EP-1.  The video was created and directed by filmmaker Ondi Timoner through her Interloper Films production company.  Timoner’s resume is quite extensive.  She has won the Grand Jury prize for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival twice and has work permanently displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  She was also the creative force behind VH-1’s series, Sound Effects.  These aren’t her only credentials.  She also crafted the opening film for President Clinton’s 2011 birthday/fundraiser at the Hollywood Bowl.  That even featured celebrities such as: Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, Jay-Z, and President Clinton himself.  She even has her hands in the online world.  She is the founder and director of the web-channel, “A Total Disruption.”  This channel features the works of other ingenious individuals and business people that use technology to transform lives, the economy, and the path of mankind.

More information on the band’s upcoming U.S. tour and its new EP, EP-1, is available online at http://www.pixiesmusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/pixiesofficial, http://www.myspace.com/pixies, and http://twitter.com/pixies.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Truth & Salvage Co. Making Tour Stop In North Carolina

Courtesy:  Megaforce Records/Sony RED

Courtesy: Megaforce Records/Sony RED

Truth & Salvage Co. is currently touring in support of its new album, Pick Me Up.  As part of its tour, the Nashville, Tennessee based band will make a stop in the Old North State this Fall.  The band is scheduled to perform at Asheville’s “Downtown After 5” festival on Friday, September 20th.  The band actually has a connection to Asheville.  Scott Kinnebrew (guitar/lap steel/mandolin/vocals), Walker Young (piano/accordion/vocals), and Bill “Smitty” Smith (drums/percussion/vocals) all met in Asheville before the band relocated to Asheville, where the band’s new album was recorded. 

Truth & Salvage Co. has already toured with North Carolina based band, The Avett Brothers, as well as veteran rockers, The Black Crowes.  It exclusively debuted its new album this summer online at USATODAY.COM.  Audiences can check out the album now at USATODAYONLINE.com at http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/07/17/truth-salvage-co-pick-me-up-album-premiere/2524813/ 

The full track listing for Pick Me Up is listed below:

Full track listing for PICK ME UP:
–The Bad Times (Kinnebrew, Young, Jones, Smith, Grace)
–Silver Lining (Kinnebrew, Jones)
–Bird on the Wing (Kinnebrew, Jones)
–Island (Jones, Young, Kinnebrew)
–Appalachian Hilltop (Smith, Kinnebrew, Jones, Grace, Young)
–Games People Play (Joe South)
–I’m Not Your Boyfriend (Young, Jones, Kinnebrew, Smith, Grace, Roberts)
–Back in Your Love (Jones, Kinnebrew)
–Pick Me Up (Young)
–So Sad (Kinnebrew, Grace)
–Shady River (Smith, Young, Jones, Kinnebrew)
–Middle Island Creek (Smith)
–All Stand Tall (Kinnebrew, Grace)

For all of the latest news and tour info from Truth & Salvage Co., audiences can follow the band online at http://www.truthandsalvageco.com, http://www.facebook.com/truthandsalvageco, http://twitter.com/TruthandSalvage, and http://www.youtube.com/truthandsalvageco

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.