Archives: January 2016

WATCH — Bombino “Inar” + Tour Dates

January 24th, 2016


Bombino has announced his third studio album, Azel, will be released on April 1, 2016 on Partisan Records. As part of the announce, he has shared a video for album track “Inar” and interview with Rolling Stone. The video was filmed at Applehead Studio in Woodstock, New York where Bombino & Longstreth recorded the new album.

Applehead, a converted barn on farmland where goats, pigs, and other animals roam freely, was base of operations for the band. The group stayed in a guest house on the property, and took turns making meals. Apart from a morning invasion by a 700-pound pig, Applehead was the perfect atmosphere for Bombino and his group to create new music over the course of 10 days. Longstreth proved to be a fantastic match for Bombino as this album’s producer. He has a deep respect for the Saharan music tradition and guided their sessions with a gentle but skilled hand.

Longstreth said of the recording sessions, “I finally met Bombino last fall, walking into the sprawling barn studio in upstate New York where we’d record Bombino’s third studio album, Azel. There he was, relaxing on the couch, conversing in Tamasheq with his bandmates behind a barely perceptible smile. He was wearing a blue bubu, the traditional Tuareg formal attire, and bobbing his head along to the playback from studio’s stately Genelecs. Though he speaks Tamasheq, Arabic and French, he rarely speaks at all. Instead, he plays the guitar.

Watch the video for “Inar” below, and check out the tour dates!

3/22/2016 – Toronto, ONT – Horseshoe Tavern
3/23/2016 – Montréal, QC – Centre Phi
3/24/2016 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot
3/25/2016 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/26/2016 – New York, NY – Africa Now at The Apollo
3/29/2016 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
3/30/2016 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
3/31/2016 – Athens, GA – Slingshot Festival
4/1/2016 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
4/2/2016 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
4/3/2016 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
4/5/2016 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hifi
4/6/2016 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
4/7/2016 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall – supporting Galactic
4/8/2016 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues – supporting Galactic
4/9/2016 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – supporting Galactic
4/11/2016 – Louisville, KY – The New Vintage
4/12/2016 – St Louis, MO – Old Rock House
4/13/2016 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
4/15/2016 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
4/16/2016 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
4/17/2016 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
4/20/2016 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
4/21/2016 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
4/22/2016 – Oakland, CA – New Parish
4/23/2016 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/24/2016 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Center
4/27/2016 – Grass Valley, CA – Center for the Arts
4/28/2016 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
4/29/2016 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
4/30/2016 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial Theatre

WATCH — ODESZA “It’s Only” + Tour Dates

January 23rd, 2016


ODESZA‘s video for “It’s Only” [ft. Zyra] is a pretty over-the-top affair, dating back to ancient times and ending up in the present. Directed and written by Dan Brown (no, not the author or rapper), the clip features cave people, Cleopatra, elephants marching through snowy mountains, warrior battles, a World War I skirmish, and much more. The track appeared on ODESZA’s 2014 album In Return. An “It’s Only” remix package featuring RÜFÜS DU SOL, 20syl, Kania, and Fei- Fei will be out February 19.” — via Pitchfork

Watch “It’s Only” below, and be sure to peruse the tour dates!

03-04 Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
03-05 San Diego, CA – CRSSD Festival
03-26 Vancouver, British Columbia – Seasons Festival
05-19 Durham, NC – Moogfest
05-20 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Beats Festival
05-27-29 Boston, MA – Boston Calling
06-10 Bethel Woods, NY – Mysteryland USA
06-18 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

LISTEN — Submotion Orchestra “Needs (ft. Andrew Ashong)”

January 22nd, 2016


Fresh from an outstanding sold-out live show at the Barbican for EFG London Jazz Festival, British electronic collective Submotion Orchestra will release their fourth album Colour Theory on 19th February 2016 via Counter Records and will tour their stunning live show in March and April across the UK and Europe.

Colour Theory is a new benchmark for Submo – an expansion of their cinematic, highly textured electronica to shape a record of immense poise and epic scope. The band draw on a stellar cast of collaborators including Andrew Ashong (Sound Signature / Which Way) for the track ‘Needs’, which Gilles Peterson premiered on his BBC 6 Music show this week.

Check out “Needs” from the forthcoming ‘Colour Theory’ below!

WATCH — Esperanza Spalding “Good Lava”

January 21st, 2016


“”Devolution burns inside me,” sings Esperanza Spalding on “One,” a track from her upcoming album, Emily’s D+Evolution. She’s playing with the idea of a “modern mind” being afflicted by a “primal urge,” and more broadly about how, sometimes, great strides in our development are inspired by less-enlightened versions of ourselves.

Yet speaking on the phone in December 2015, Spalding pronounces the album’s title, “D-plus evolution” — as in, hardly earning a passing grade, but still managing to morph and change.

“Whether you want to see it as devolution and evolution, and the place where they co-exist without one diminishing the other, or could look at it like barely having the tools that you need, but having to move forward, and having to keep moving,” Spalding says. “What do you do when you don’t really have all the tools that you need, but you have to survive? And you need to grow and expand?

“I think that the best answer to that question of ‘What do you do?’ is, you get creative with the tools that you’ve got. I’m excited by that skill and the fruits of that intention — of that decision.” The idea is central to Esperanza Emily’s D+Evolution. ” — via NPR

Check out the video for “Good Lava” from ‘D+Evolution’ below!

WATCH — Little Shalimar “Phoenix (ft. Roxiny & Tunde Adebimpe)”

January 21st, 2016


On the heels of Rubble Kings: The Album premiering earlier this week via Adult Swim, today Mass Appeal records is releasing the album via all physical and digital retailers and at In celebration of its release they are also sharing an all new visual for the final track off the compilation “Phoenix” featuring Roxiny and Tunde Adebimpe. The video is directed by Shan Nicholson who also directed the Rubble Kings documentary that the album is inspired by. The album, produced by Little Shalimar features new music from Run The Jewels, Killer Mike, Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Tunde Adebimpe, eXquire, Boldy James, Cuz Lightyear, Ka and Roxiny among others.

Watch the video for “Phoenix” below!

WATCH — Mariachi Flor De Toloache Tiny Desk Concert

January 20th, 2016


“Mariachi Flor de Toloache’s 2014 self-titled debut album earned a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Ranchera category — quite an accomplishment, given that the category celebrates an incredibly long tradition of Mexican music. But it was no fluke: The group’s members come by their mariachi skills honestly and with endless practice, while still looking for ways to take chances.Still, the best way to introduce yourself to Mariachi Flor de Toloache is to see it live — something many have done as the band tours with The Arcs, both as members and as an opening act. It’s got top-notch musicianship, mariachi swagger for days, and a performance style that captures all the power and emotion you’d hope for.” — via NPR

Watch the performance below!

READ — Rare Monk Interview with Eleven Magazine

January 19th, 2016


“Portland’s Rare Monk cut their teeth playing packed U of O dorm parties half a decade ago, but since those messy, jammed-out shows, they’ve chiseled their sound into concise, progressive rock songs ready for the airwaves. On December 9, 2015, they released their third EP at Mississippi Studios, backed by their label mates Hunny, from L.A. With the new EP they’ve evolved out of the spacey, reverb-laden aesthetic of previous singles like “Splice,” and into a more straight ahead pop rock. Threading its way through the catchy choruses of songs like “California (Will Burn)” and “The Only Reason to Tour the Midwest” is a lyrical sarcasm that pushes them past pop clichés and into the company of groups like Modest Mouse and Cold War Kids.” — via Eleven PDX

Read the full interview HERE while you’re checking out the track “California” (below).