Tour Dates: Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

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Everyone knows that people go to Florida to die, but fewer people know that there are people who get born there too. Caught between the dualistic disenchanting scenes of Buffet cover bands and high school hardcore, a young Joshua Powell transplanted to the Midwest in pursuit of education and new art.

Now a loudening voice in the Indiana independent music community, Powell has carved out a niche in his new home by setting his hyper-literate lyrics to broad swaths of psych-folk and shedding the vocal affectations of a varied past.

The Great Train Robbery was born in Anderson, IN and named for a 1903 Western. The band serves as a revolving door of collaborating musicians to underscore Powell’s evolving craft and has independently released two EPs and two full-lengths since their inception in 2011. In the wake of the Appalachian-tinged folk record Man Is Born for Trouble, Joshua departed on a Kerouacian gypsy spree, touring back and forth across the country, playing six nights a week, and living in an old minivan. When he eventually returned to the Indiana town that molded his art, he laid down fibrous roots and refocused his energies into becoming a regional staple. Here, he began funneling his collected experiences into his most ambitious record yet, the newly-released Alyosha: a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl. Evoking comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young, No Depression described Powell’s sound as “lushly-composed chamber folk…revival-in-the-river folk mysticism.”

As Powell and his transiently shifting backing band have extrapolated this sound, they have played over 400 shows, opened for such national acts as Mike Mains & the Branches, Seabird, and The Soil & the Sun, and played festivals like Indy Folk Fest (IN), Starry Night (IN,) Midpoint Music Fest (OH), and Lincoln Calling (NE).

TOUR DATES
3/11/16: Cincinnati, OH – The Comet
3/14/16: Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
3/15/16: Baltimore, MD – Gallery 788
3/16/16: Longbranch, NJ – Brighton Bar
3/17/16: Washington DC – Treehouse Lounge
3/18/16: Philadelphia, PA – Grape Room
3/19/16: New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall

The Daily Listening song of the day is Those Manic Seas – “Outlier”

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“Outlier” by Those Manic Seas is today’s Song of the Day on The Daily Listening:

The band are heading out on a US tour to celebrate the release of their single and music video, “Outlier,” while they prepare new material for their debut full-length. Comprised of Daniel Medley, Drew Rollo, and Justin Jones in addition to the aforementioned Kilroy on vocals, this indie/art-rock fourpiece have been compared to the likes of MuteMath, The Killers and Interpol. If you’re not intrigued by now, something’s wrong.

Those Manic Seas tour dates

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The first thing people tend to notice when Richmond, VA post-punk/dance-rock band Those Manic Seas takes the stage is their lead singer Kilroy — at 9 feet tall, plastic, with a closed-circuit television for a head, he makes for an arresting figure. But once the “four” piece starts playing, the front-mannequin quickly fades as the focal point of Those Manic Seas. Beyond Kilroy’s cold smooth vocals — which Windy City Times praised for “the glacial beauty of his baritone [that] telegraphed bewilderment, vulnerability and fear” — lies a talented trio of humans delivering wire-tight post-punk grooves.

Those Manic Seas, who have drawn comparisons to bands such as MuteMath, The Killers, Interpol, and Broken Social Scene, put a lot of effort into honing a tight and compelling live show. Kilroy, who took a year to create, isn’t the only aspect of their live show that the band built. “We built and run our own light show (which the drummer controls live during the show),” drummer Daniel Medley told RVA Mag. “I want to create an emotion. [I] want people to…go home with a story. We want our set to be a manic ride, and we want to force the audience to challenge their relationship with the band during live shows.”

The band — comprised of Daniel Medley (drums, sampling), Drew Rollo (guitar, synths), and Justin Jones (keys), in addition to the aforementioned Kilroy on vocals — are on tour to celebrate the recent release of their new single “Outlier,” which Sound of Confusion called “a big song designed for big stages,” while they prepare for the release of their debut full length album, co-produced by Darren King, drummer of New Orleans-based alt-rock band MUTEMATH. In addition to King, the band is working with John Moran at Richmond’s Sound of Music Recording Studios for the new album.

See them on tour this Winter:

TOUR DATES
1/28: Richmond, VA – Balliceaux
1/29: Raleigh, NC – Slim’s
1/30: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
1/31: Greensboro, NC – New York Pizza
2/1: Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
2/3: Asheville, NC – The Odditorium
2/5: Atlanta, GA – Under The Couch
2/6: Athens, GA – Flicker Bar
2/7: Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub
2/8: Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
2/9: Cincinnati, OH – Da Vida House
2/10: Louisville, KY – Third Street Dive
2/11: Huntsville, AL – Coppertop
2/12: Nashville, TN – The Basement
2/13: St. Louis, MO – The Demo
2/14: Champaign, IL – Undercut Collective
2/15: Chicago, IL – Township
2/17: Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn
2/18: Pittsburgh, PA – Howler’s
2/19: Manhattan, NY – Arlene’s Grocery
2/20: New Brunswick, NJ – House show
2/22: Brooklyn, NY – Black Bear
2/23: Allentown, PA – Alternative Gallery
2/24: Philadelphia, PA – Bourbon and Branch
2/25: Harrisburg, PA – The Makespace
2/26: Baltimore, MD – Hippo Hut
2/28: Washington, DC – TBA

Tour Dates: Deaf Poets

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“In a city dominated by hip-hop and EDM, it’s tough for a band to cut through all the noise — even when it’s rocking out at 11 with buzzing guitars and hard-hitting drumming. Truth is, it takes songwriting chops and an engaging live show to snag the Magic City’s attention, no matter how loud you crank the amps. Duo Sean Wouters and Nicolas Espinosa have hit on the perfect combination of aggression and craft. Wouters, a Miami Beach native, and Espinosa, an Argentine who moved to Miami as a kid, met in elementary school and have spent years finding a musical groove together. Since 2009, they’ve played as Deaf Poets, bringing together garage rock and grunge for an oddly ’90s yet contemporary sound. The pair just wrapped up a small U.S. tour around the South and parts of the Midwest to celebrate the release of their debut full-length, 4150, an album featuring plenty of indie-rock goodness in cuts such as “Can’t Breathe” and “This Pain.” And with smaller indie labels always eying South Florida for the next big thing (see Surfer Blood and Jacuzzi Boys), it’s only a matter of time before someone picks up these guys. This is exactly the kind of racket that’s worth tuning out the DJ.” – Miami New Times, Best Band of 2014

TOUR DATES
Jan 22: Birmingham, AL – The Nick
Jan 23: Hattiesburg, MS – Nick’s Ale House
Jan 24: Lafayette, IN – The Spot Tavern
Jan 25: Milwaukee, WI – 4 Seasons Skatepark (Rock N Roll Skate Jam)
Jan 27: Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
Jan 28: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Jan 29: Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
Jan 30: West Palm Beach, FL – Respectables

The Peculiar Pretzelmen’s new single “Big Mary” on New Music Michael

New Music Michael has the new single from The Peculiar Pretzelmen, “Big Mary,” about the true story of Mary the elephant, who was publicly executed by hanging in 1916 after trampling one of her handlers. The song explores the mishandling of circus animals and the evolving morals and cruel standards of entertainment.

Catch them on tour now:

Jun 03 – Taos NM at Burger Stand
Jun 04 – Colorado Springs CO at Flux Capacitor
Jun 05 – Denver CO at Lions Lair
Jun 06 – Lake Hedke NE at Pondstock
Jun 07 – Wichita KS at Elbow Room
Jun 08 – Kearney NE at Gillies
Jun 10 – Spearfish SD at Killians
Jun 11 – Buffalo WY at Up In Smoke
Jun 12 – Casper WY at Wonder Bar
Jun 13 – Salt Lake City UT at Granary Row Concert Series
Jun 14 – Las Vegas NV at Huntridge

TOUR DATES: Bucket Full of Nails shares Tomten tour dates and new single

Bucket Full of Nails shares Seattle trio Tomten‘s upcoming tour dates and new single “Bitter Pill” b/w “Humdrum Doom Song”:

5/3/15: Seattle, WA – Barboza
5/5/15: Portland, OR – Portland State University
5/6/15: Portland, OR – Liquor Store
5/7/15: Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
5/8/15: Oakland, CA – Awaken Cafe
5/9/15: San Francisco, Ca – Hemlock Tavern
5/11/15: Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
5/13/15: Fresno, CA – Peeve’s
5/14/15: San Diego, CA – Sycamore Den
5/15/15: Los Angeles, CA – Ham & Eggs
5/17/15: Los Angeles, CA – Origami Records (In Store)

TOAN Magazine features The Van Allen Belt tour dates

The Van Allen Belt are hitting the road this spring with their newest album Heaven On A Branch. TOAN Magazine has all of the dates, plus their video for “Different Storm”.

4/2: Chicago, IL – Hideout
4/3: Kansas City, MO – miniBar (sponsored by KC Psychfest)
4/4: Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Texas Lonestar Stage)
4/5: Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
4/7: Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlies
4/8: San Antonio, TX – K23 Gallery
4/10: Montevallo, AL – Eclipse Coffee & Books
4/11: Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn
4/12: Nashville, TN – Betty’s