Archives: May 2017

WATCH — Tiny Desk Concert: Gabriel Garzón-Montano

May 26th, 2017

“I was, admittedly, thrown for a loop when Gabriel Garzón-Montano told me that he wanted to perform unaccompanied, just him and a piano. The meticulousness of his work is clear on his debut album, Jardin, a three-year creative process in which Gabriel plays most of the instruments, tracking them to two-inch tape, layering its overall sound. Jardin takes its title as an umbrella; fruits, bugs and other plants are the driving metaphors tying together this dense work, which blooms over successive listens. Garzón-Montano doesn’t ed-treatment-info wear his heart on his sleeve — he forces you to listen and peel the layers back.

Garzón-Montano’s career trajectory veers wide — living with Philip Glass for a year while his late mother played in the composer’s ensemble, sitting under the minimal maestro’s piano as he practiced; Lenny Kravitz making possible his first tour experience; while Drake exposed Gabriel’s sound to the masses.

That decision to go it alone at the Tiny Desk made sense, though, the moment he started to play; his talent is left elegantly exposed in this unadorned performance. He says his visit to the Tiny Desk “with just piano and vocal reminds me of what is lost when a song is fully produced and arranged — it was an exciting and vulnerable experience. I was nervous for this one.”

Here then, are three songs from Jardin, along with the song that introduced Gabriel to the world… laid bare.”

— via NPR

Watch the performance below!

LISTEN — Brother Ali Interview w/ Vocalo Music

May 24th, 2017

“For over a decade, Minneapolis Hip Hop artist and activist Brother Ali has promoted consciousness in rap through his lyrically agile social commentary. His new album, All the Beauty in This Whole Life, explores the notion of love as absolute truth and absolute freedom through the death of ego. He also considers a world where his Black son is not safe because of tainted societal perceptions of Blackness. Race, religion, and identity are all pervasive themes on the album and Jesse Menendez spoke with Brother Ali about the project.”

— via Vocalo Music

Listen to the interview below!

WATCH — DJ Shadow “Systematic (ft. Nas)” + Tour Dates

May 19th, 2017

“”Systematic,” the first-ever collaboration between DJ Shadow and Nas, now has a lyric video. The fiery, scathing song was unveiled last month during the season premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley. It’s the first new piece of music from DJ Shadow since ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ was released last year to raves on Mass Appeal Records. It’s been a busy spring for the legendary DJ and producer. He made his fifth career appearance at Coachella. He launched his own KCRW show called Find, Share, Rewind – which airs at 10PM the first Saturday of each month on KCRW. He also recently announced a July run of dates in the U.S. in addition to a 5-month international ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ tour that will have him crossing the globe into October.”

— via Mass Appeal

Check out the video and tour dates below!


Jul 6 – Festival d’ete de Quebec – Quebec, Canada
Jul 7 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Ontario
Jul 8 – Park West – Chicago, IL
Jul 10 – Madrid Theatre – Kansas City, MO
Jul 11 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Jul 12 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 14 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Jul 15 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Jul 16 – The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Jul 18 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Jul 19 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Jul 21 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Jul 22 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
Jul 23 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
Jul 24 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
Jul 25 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Jul 27 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
Jul 28 – Randall’s Island Park / Panorama Festival – New York, NY
Jul 30 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
Jul 31 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Aug 1 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Aug 2 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
Aug 4 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

READ — Atmosphere Announces “Welcome To California” Tour

May 16th, 2017

Back in 2011, Atmosphere began doing exclusive state-wide tours in their home state of Minnesota. The tours spanned from border to border, hitting numerous markets with intimate performances targeting not only the bigger cities, but also smaller towns too. After four years of successful “Welcome to MN” tours, they decided to bring the idea to other states too, beginning with Welcome to Florida in 2015, and followed by Welcome to Texas in 2016. Finally, this August, Atmosphere will bring its seventh “Welcome To” tour series to California for the very first time.

Check out the dates below!


8.07 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
8.08 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
8.10 – Sacramento, CA  – Ace of Spades
8.11 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst 
8.12 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
8.14 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
8.15 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
8.17 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
8.18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
8.19 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
8.20 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park

LISTEN — Charly Bliss Interview/Performance On WFUV

May 12th, 2017

Charly Bliss formed in New York City a few years ago and just released its debut album, Guppy. Full of fuzzy guitars and sugary-sweet vocals, the band is a throwback to classic indie rock of the ’90s but with a distinct pop sensibility. The quartet has spent plenty of time on the road honing their sound and forming a clear identity for themselves — an impressive feat for a young band.

We caught up with Charly Bliss at SXSW earlier this year, where they performed a stripped-down arrangement of the song, “Glitter.” Their recent visit to Studio A, though, was full volume, and I also had a chance to talk with the band about the making of their album, their goals starting out, the total joy they have playing music live, and lots more.”

— via WFUV 90.7

Listen to the podcast below or click HERE for video from the session.


WATCH — Lexie Roth Perform “Move Me” On BreakThruRadioTV

May 11th, 2017

Lexie Roth grew up in upstate New York, surrounded by some huge musical figures connected to her guitarist father, Arlen Roth, laying the strong groundwork for her early musical development. Her first album was released when she was just 18 years old, after which she traveled to the west coast before eventually returning to the east coast. Now she splits her time between Los Angeles and Martha’s Vineyard as she continues to further develop her tuneful, folk-influenced indie rock. Lexie stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some of her music with us in this intimate session.”

— via BTR TV

Watch the performance below or click HERE for the audio podcast.

LISTEN — Dauwd “Glass Jelly”

May 10th, 2017

“As announced, Dauwd Al Hilali (a.k.a Dauwd) is set to release his debut LP, titled Theory Of Colours. The US-born, Wales-raised artist has been releasing music for nearly six years on such noted labels as Ghostly International and Kompakt; and his debut album arrives following a few years out of the limelight and in his Berlin studio. Inspiration, according to the label, comes from electronic music legends like Terry Riley, Raymond Scott, and the seminal Radiophonic Workshop period in the late ’50s and ’60s. “It,” continues the label, “draws a unique line between influences as disparate as hazy Detroit house and early German Krautrock.””

— via XLR8R

Listen to “Glass Jelly” below!

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