Royal Blood Announces Album Release, Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

UK rock duo Royal Blood will release its self-titled debut album this summer.

Royal Blood will be released in North America on Monday, August 25th. The album will be released in North America via Warner Brothers Records. It comes on the heels of the band’s recently released EP Out of the Black. That record was released March 18th.

Pre-orders for Royal Blood begin Tuesday, July 29th. The album will be released digitally, on CD, vinyl, and on special D2C package. Warner Brothers Records and the duo—Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums)—have made available or streaming the single ‘Figure It Out’ available for fans to stream while they await the album’s release. Fans can stream it now via SoundCloud now https://soundcloud.com/royalblooduk/figure-it-out-single/s-Uogoa. Fans can also go online to Spotify to check out the band’s new exclusive Spotify “Sessions” Live EP, which features four songs off of Royal Blood that were recorded earlier this year in New York City.

Royal Blood will hit the road in support of its upcoming album beginning Tuesday, July 15th at the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. From there, the duo will tour through the Northeast and Midwest to round out the month of July before touring Canada throughout August. Royal Blood’s most current tour schedule is listed below.

2014 U.S. Live Dates

July 15 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

July 18 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

July 19 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

July 20 – DC9 – Washington, DC

July 22 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA

July 23 – Walter Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY

July 24 – Shelter – Detroit, MI

July 25 – The Basement – Columbus, OH

July 26 – The Ballroom at the Taft – Cincinnati, OH

July 28 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

July 30 – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Council Bluffs, IA*

July 31 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL^

August 1 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL

August 3 – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montreal, QC

September 27 – Humphreys – San Diego, CA#

September 30 – The Masonic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA#

October 2 – Revolution Center – Boise, ID#

October 3 – Performing Arts Center – Spokane, WA#

October 5 – Macewan Hall – Calgary, AB#

October 6 – Shaw Conference – Edmonton, AB#

October 7 – TCU Place – Saskatoon, SK#

October 9 – Burton Cummings – Winnipeg, MB#

October 11 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN#

October 12 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI#

* With Arctic Monkeys

^ With Portugal. The Man

# With The Pixies

 

More information and all the latest news and tour updates from Royal Blood is available online at http://www.facebook.com/RoyalBloodUK, http://royalbloodband.com, and http://twitter.com/royalblooduk. 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 EP, Prep For Next Leg Of Tour

Courtesy:  Herfitz PR

Courtesy: Herfitz PR

Another new Pixies release is on the way.  The band has announced that its new EP, EP-2 is available now for fans via the band’s official website, http://pixiesmusic.com.  The new EP-contains four new songs – ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe’, ‘Magdalena’, ‘Greens and Blues’, and ‘Snakes.’  It also includes a music video for ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe.’

The band recorded the songs last October at Rockfield Studios in Wales, UK.  All four of the songs on the new EP were written by the band members.  EP-2 also includes special artwork by Vaughan Oliverat v23.  It is available as an MP3, lossless DDL, limited edition ten-inch vinyl, and as part of special bundles.  The video for ‘Blue-Eyed Hexe’ can be viewed via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEBpvpomwG4.  The band recently discussed the songs included in its new EP.  Their thoughts on each song are shared below.

Pixies talk about the four new songs on “EP-2”

“Blue-Eyed Hexe”

About this track, Pixies’ Black Francis explained, “It’s a tale from the northwestern part of the UK, and it’s a witch-woman kind of a song. That’s what a ‘hexe’ is, and ours is a blue-eyed hexe.” Guitarist Joey Santiago added, “Gil wanted a swagger, he wanted the guitar solo to sound like you’re going to have sex with this blue-eyed hexe.”

 

“Magdalena”

“This song is so atmospheric,” remembered Santiago. “We had these weird Moog pedals that sounded like water. It was a very mood-based, atmospheric sound, not based on any lyrics or anything.” Added drummer David Lovering, “One of my favorites, maybe tied with ‘Indie Cindy.’ It’s cool the way it flows, and it’s a very simplistic song, very pretty, cool and moving.”

 

“Greens and Blues”

Said Black Francis, “As with all my songs, I would prefer people add their own interpretation to it. But, in this case, let’s just say that we had done ‘Gigantic’ as the closer for many years at our reunion shows and it worked really well. But I could see that we were going to grow weary of that and I felt like we basically needed a better ‘Gigantic.’ It was my attempt to come up with another song that would – musically, emotionally and psychologically – sit in the same place that ‘Gigantic’ has sat. Not that I could ever replace that song: you write songs and they come out the way they come out. So perhaps it can be said that this song fills the emotional niche that ‘Gigantic’ occupied, another show-closer. I think the lyric alludes to that, the fact that it’s the end of the night, the end of something. And a separation if you will, between the band and the audience. So I guess it’s kind of a goodbye song, or really more of a ‘good night’ song.

 

“Snakes”

“I’m not a jammer,” said Santiago, “but Black Francis and I started jamming it out. I had this little idea and I did that sliding guitar just to emulate a snake.” Black Francis adds, “This one was totally written in the studio session. It proved to be a little bit difficult to play and a little bit difficult to record, sonically, but we stuck with it and I like the result.”

 

The new EP comes as the band continues its tour in support of EP-1.  The next leg of the band’s tour begins January 15th in Toronto.  Pixies fans in North Carolina will get the chance to see the band live on this leg of its tour when it makes a stop in Durham on January 31st at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC).  The most up-to-date list of the band’s tour dates is available below.  More dates will be announced at later dates.

JANUARY

15 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA (Fidlar)

16 Metropolis, Montreal, QC CANADA (Fidlar)

18 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (Fidlar)

19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Fidlar)

21 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ (Fidlar)

22 Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT (Fidlar)

24 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Fidlar)

25 Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (Fidlar)

26 Strathmore, Washington, DC (Fidlar)

29 National Theatre, Richmond, VA (Fidlar)

31 Durham PAC, Durham, NC (Cults)

FEBRUARY

1 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC (Cults)

2 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (Cults)

4 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA (Cults)

6 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO (Cults)

7 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH (Cults)

8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI (Cults)

9 Rivera Theatre, Chicago, IL (Cults)

11 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO (Cults)

13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO (Best Coast)

14 Belly Up, Aspen, CO (Best Coast)

15 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT (Best Coast)

17 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA (Best Coast)

18 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA (Best Coast)

19 Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, OR (Best Coast)

21 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA (Best Coast)

22 San Jose Civic, San Jose, CA

23 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (Best Coast)

24 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Best Coast)

25 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM (Best Coast)

27 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX (Best Coast)

28 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX (Best Coast)

MARCH

1 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX (Best Coast)

APRIL

1 Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay

1/3 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

3/5 Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota Colombia

5/6 Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

MAY

29/30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

JUNE

6/7 Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal

8 Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK

15 Northside, Arhus, Denmark

20 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Holland

20/22 Hurricane, Schessel, Germany

20/22 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany

25 Inmusic, Zagreb, Croatia

29 Marley Park, Dublin, Ireland (with Arcade Fire)

30 Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland

JULY

5 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium

6 Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France

 

More information on the band’s tour, its new EP, and more is available online at http://pixiesmusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/pixiesofficial, http://twitter.com/pixies, and http://www.myspace.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.

 

Pixies Announce New Tour Dates, Release New Video

Photo Credit:  Michael Halsband

Photo Credit: Michael Halsband

There’s big news for Pixies fans today.  The band—Black Francis (vocals/guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar/backing vocals), and David Lovering (drums/backing vocals)—has announced it has added new dates to its South American and European Spring/Summer 2014 tour.  The additional dates will see the band performing at some of the more well-known festivals across Europe and South America.  The South American leg of the band’s overseas tour kicks off March 29th with a two-day stint at Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago, Chile.  From there, the band will also perform at two more South American Lollapalooza dates along with two other festival dates in Uruguay and Colombia throughout April.  From there, the band will head overseas to Europe beginning with a two-day stay in Barcelona, Spain on May 29th and 30th.  The European leg of the band’s tour currently runs through July 6th.  The band’s current tour schedule is listed below, including its U.S. Winter dates.  Tickets for the band’s South American festival shows are available now, and can be ordered online at the band’s official website, http://pixiesmusic.com.

Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, The Entrance Band) will join the band for all three legs of its upcoming tour.  She will handle bass duties throughout the tour. David Lovering discussed Lenchantin’s addition to the band’s lineup.  “We are really looking forward to playing with her on these dates,” he said.  “Working with different bass players is very new for the band, but we’re having a great time doing it.”

JANUARY

15 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA (Fidlar)

16 Metropolis, Montreal, QC CANADA (Fidlar)

18 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (Fidlar)

19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Fidlar)

21 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ (Fidlar)

22 Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT (Fidlar)

24 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Fidlar)

25 Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (Fidlar)

26 Strathmore, Washington, DC (Fidlar)

29 National Theatre, Richmond, VA (Fidlar)

31 Durham PAC, Durham, NC (Cults)

 

FEBRUARY

1 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC (Cults)

2 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (Cults)

4 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA (Cults)

6 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO (Cults)

7 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH (Cults)

8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI (Cults)

9 Rivera Theatre, Chicago, IL (Cults)

11 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO (Cults)

13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO (Best Coast)

14 Belly Up, Aspen, CO (Best Coast)

15 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT (Best Coast)

17 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA (Best Coast)

18 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA (Best Coast)

19 Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, OR (Best Coast)

21 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA (Best Coast)

22 San Jose Civic, San Jose, CA (Best Coast)

23 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (Best Coast)

24 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Best Coast)

25 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM (Best Coast)

27 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX (Best Coast)

28 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX (Best Coast)

 

MARCH

1 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX (Best Coast)

29/30 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile

 

APRIL

1 Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay

1/3 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

3/5 Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia

5/6 Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

MAY

29/30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

 

JUNE

6/7 Primavera Sound, Porto Portugal

8 Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK

15 Northside, Arhus, Denmark

20 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Holland

20/22 Hurricane, Schessel, Germany

20/22 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany

25 Inmusic, Zagreb, Croatia

29 Marley Park, Dublin, Ireland (with Arcade Fire)

30 Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland

 

JULY

5 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium

6 Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France

Along with its new tour announcement, the band has also released a video for its new single, ‘Another Tow in the Ocean.’  The 2-D Animated video was written, directed, and animated by Liviu Boar of the Romanian-based ReeAnimation.  The video is available via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH-vzQwcf4c.

More tour dates are expected to be announced.  Fans can keep up with the latest updates and more on the band’s official website, http://pixiesmusic.com and its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pixiesofficial.  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.