On Invisible The Traveling Zoo play bright and vibrant music

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            The Traveling Zoo, the solo project from Fran Elias, is a band that is not to be missed. The group just released their new album Invisible, and the 17 track record is a rich and lively release that indie pop fans will adore. The record opens up with “If A Storm Was About To Come”, an indie rock song that sets up the record quite well, as we get a taste of the bands preferred musical direction as well as their creativity and talent for writing songs that are memorable and full of surprises.

“It’s Only Love”, the album’s eighth track, has a slight country feel to it with twangy sounding guitars and a marching drum beat that veers from the bands pop style. The vocals on this track are strong and after only a few listens, it is obvious that Elias has worked and perfected his vocals to create something that is unique while also meshing well for the music his band is playing. “Wonderland” the album’s next cut, is a piano driven ballad that is reminiscent of bands such as Coldplay. Beautifully performed, “Wonderland” is one of the highlights of Invisible, as it allows the bands audience to hear different layers of the group, while also hearing that each song on the record has its own sound.

Invisible closes with “It’s For You” another piano heavy ballad with organs interjected throughout. While “Wonderland” relies solely on a piano and Fran’s voice, Invisible’s last song also includes drums, making the tune sound fuller. While Invisible is a long record, it certainly is worth the time to listen to, as each track has a very individual sound and feel, making the album one that is not to be looked over.

 

McDonald’s ask indie band to play for free at SXSW

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An indie band named Ex Cops has been asked to play a SXSW showcase for free by none other than McDonalds. The band is firing back after the fast food chain offered them only exposure and not money. You can read their response below or at their Facebook page.

McDonald’s asked us to play SXSW. This is Brian’s open letter about it.

This week our band was asked to play the McDonald’s Showcase at the annual South by Southwest, also known to music insiders as “SXSW.”

Their selling point was that this was “a great opportunity for additional exposure,” and that “McDonald’s will have their global digital team on site to meet with the bands, help with cross promotion, etc”

I don’t, and doubt that they know what this means either.

Getting past that rhetoric, at the very least a big corporation like McDonald’s can at least pay their talent a little. Right?

“There isn’t a budget for an artist fee (unfortunately)”

As of 2013, McDonalds is valued at 90.3 billion dollars.

I won’t get into the internet semantics of things you’ve probably seen on your Facebook feed; like that thing where it takes a McDonald’s worker 4 months to earn what the CEO makes in an hour, or their GMO love affair, and I will certainly spare you the bounty of photos showing how they treat their animals.

In lieu of being paid like a real artist, or anyone who is employed to do a service, McDonald’s assures us that we will “be featured on screens throughout the event, as well as POSSIBLY mentioned on McDonald’s social media accounts like Facebook (57MM likes!)”

We recently headlined a show at the Brooklyn venue Baby’s Alright. They are by no means a DIY venue, but they are still an independent small business. The owners are people our age who used to book shows at Pianos and busted their asses to open a venue of their own in Brooklyn.

While I haven’t asked Billy or Zach how much they make annually (that would be weird) I’m going to guess they’re not looking at brownstones in Prospect Park at the moment. Yet when we played, we were paid very very fairly, were provided with drink tickets, and each band member fed a full entree from their menu (try the Brussels sprouts)

I will also go ahead and save time for any schill / troll rebuttals; “Are the other showcases paying you? No one is holding a gun to your head!” This is true. It is our choice (pretty much) to fly to Austin, play shows without soundcheck, and get paid nothing to a little. But hear this loud and clear, we LOVE making music, it is what we do, and despite some of its very apparent flaws, SXSW still provides a decent venue to be heard by some people who are really there to hear new music and not just do blow with dudes who wear square toe loafers.

It is a horrifying and gross reality when one sees the true nature of corporations and their pathetic attempts to achieve relevance with millennials. Doritos received a lot of flack for their stage a couple years ago, but i’m going to assume they paid Lady Gaga.

Oh, I almost forgot; “McDonald’s will offer free food to all audience members”

I don’t doubt that tons of bands will kowtow to this lame, lame attempt at a rock show. And I’m aware that to achieve any exposure is a Herculean task in 2015, but the Boethian Wheel is a real thing, and this will continue to exist if we, as artists, keep saying yes in exchange for a taste of success. Even if smells like a shitty Fish filet.

Arca releases deluxe edition of debut album, announces new tour dates

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Arca has announced that he will be releasing a deluxe edition of his debut album Xen which will come with two additional songs. He has also announced a few new tour dates which you can see below.

04-08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
04-15 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
04-24 Berlin, Germany – Berghain (DJ set)
05-01 Krems, Austria – Donau Festival06-18-20 Barcelona, Spain – Sonar
07-04 Manchester, England – Manchester International Festival

The Order of Elijah announces tour with Forsake The Fallen

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The Order of Elijah have announced a tour with Forsake The Fallen. You can see the dates for the tour below. The bands upcoming album War At Heart will be released later this year.

Fri 3/27/2015 Kokomo, IN Center Stage
Sat 3/28/2015 Braddock, PA Ink Division
Sun 3/29/2015 Reynoldsville, PA Fox’s Pizza Den
Mon 3/30/2015 Westland, MI Token Lounge
Tue 3/31/2015 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
Wed 4/1/2015 Defiance, OH TBA
Thurs 4/2/2015 Crest Hill, IL TBA
Fri 4/3/2015 Peoria, IL Rail II
Sat 4/4/2015 Des Moines TBA
Sun 4/5/2015 Kansas City, KS Vandals
Tues 4/7/2015 Oklahoma TBA
Wed 4/8/2015 Dallas, TX Doors Club
Thurs 4/9/2015 Memphis, TN Rock House Live
Fri 4/10/2015 Little Rock, AR Vinos
Sat 4/11/2015 Joplin, MO Solace Music

Anti-Flag posts American Spring artwork and tracklisting

anti-flag americn spring album cover

Anti-Flag have released the album artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming record American Spring. You can see the tracklisting below. The album will be out on May 26th.

1)Fabled World
2)The Great Divide
3)Brandenburg Gate
4)Sky Is Falling
5)Walk Away
6)Song For Your Enemy
7)Set Yourself On Fire
8)All of The Poison, All of The Pain
9)Break Something
10)Without End
11)Believer
12)To Hell With Boredom
13)Low Expectations
14)The Debate Is Over (if you want it)

Number One Gun Kickstarter backers left empty-handed?

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Quite a few backers for Number One Gun’s Kickstarter campaign have apparently been left empty handed, as they have not received any of their donation perks from the band. The campaign began in 2012 and was fully funded in August of that year. The group was raising money for their album This Is All We Know.

David Gilmour announces new album and tour dates

DAVID GILMOUR IN CONCERT AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON - 30 MAY  2006

David Gilmour has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, though a release date has not been given. In addition, he has also announced a tour which you can see the dates for below.

09/12 – Pula, HR @ Arena Pula
09/14 – Verona, IT @ Verona Arena
09/15 – Florence, IT @ Teatro Le Mulina
09/17 – Orange, FR @ Theatre Antique
09/19 – Oberhausen, DE @ Koing-Pilsener-Arena
09/23 – London, UK @ The Royal Albert Hall
09/24 – London, UK @ The Royal Albert Hall
09/25 – London, UK @ The Royal Albert Hall

Todd Rundgren announces tour

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Todd Rundgren has announced a tour in support of his album Global. You can see the dates below.

04-10-12 Park City, UT – Egyptian Theatre
04-14 Colorado Springs, CO – Pike’s Peak Center
04-17 North Kansas City, MO – Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s
04-19 Little Rock, AR – The Rev Room
04-21 Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theatre
04-22 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
04-23 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
04-25 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04-26 Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
04-28 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
04-29 State College, PA – The State Theatre
05-03 Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theatre
05-05 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
05-06 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
05-08 Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino
05-09 Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey Performance Center
05-10 Norfolk, CT – Infinity Music Hall
05-12 Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
05-14 Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Music Hall
05-17 Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
05-20 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
05-22 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
05-23 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
05-24 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
05-26 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
05-27 Houston, TX – House of Blues
05-28 Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar
05-30 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl – Hard Rock Hotel
05-31 Tucson, AZ – Fox Theatre
06-02 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
06-03 West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
06-06 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
06-07 Napa, CA – City Winery
06-09 Grass Valley, CA – Center for the Arts
06-10 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Shania Twain announces final tour

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Shania Twain has announced her final tour, which includes 48 dates. Called Rock This Country Tour, Twain will be bringing out Wes Mack (June 5th-28th) and Gavin Degraw for the rest of the tour. After a pre-sale, tickets will go on sale March 13th. You can see the dates below.

June 5 — Seattle, Key Arena at Seattle Center
June 7 — Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
June 9 — Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
June 11 — Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
June 12 — Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
June 14 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, SaskTel Centre
June 15 — Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
June 19 — London, Ontario, Budweiser Gardens
June 20 — London, Ontario, Budweiser Gardens
June 22 — Hamilton, Ontario, FirstOntario Centre
June 24 — Toronto, Air Canada Centre
June 25 — Toronto, Air Canada Centre
June 27 — Ottawa, Wesley Clover Parks
June 28 — Montreal, Bell Centre
June 30 — New York City, Madison Square Garden
July 1 — Long Island, New York, Nassau Coliseum
July 3 — Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Arena
July 7 — Newark, New Jersey, Prudential Center
July 8 — Boston, TD Garden
July 10 — Pittsburgh, CONSOL Energy Center
July 11 — Grand Rapids, Michigan, Van Andel Arena
July 13 — Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
July 15 — Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
July 16 — Miami, American Airlines Arena
July 18 — Greenville, South Carolina, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
July 19 — Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Warner Cable Arena
July 21 — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
July 22 — Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
July 25 — Auburn Hills, Michigan, Palace of Auburn Hills
July 26 — Moline, Illinois, iWireless Center
July 28 — Minneapolis, Target Center
July 29 — Rosemont, Illinois, AllState Arena
July 31 — Nashville, Bridgestone Arena
August 1 — Atlanta, Philips Arena
August 3 — Louisville, Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center
August 4 — St. Louis, Scottrade Center
August 6 — Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena
August 7 — Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center
August 9 — Austin, Frank Erwin Center
August 10 — Dallas, American Airlines Center
August 12 — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy Center
August 14 — Denver, Pepsi Center
August 15 — Salt Lake City, EnergySolutions Arena
August 17 — San Jose, California, SAP Center at San Jose
August 19 — Anaheim, California, Honda Center
August 20 — Los Angeles, Staples Center
August 22 — San Diego, Valley View Casino Center
August 24 — Fresno, California, Save Mart Center

Van Morrison releases duet with Bobby Womack on “Some Peace of Mind”

van morrison reworking the catealogue

Van Morrison has released another song off of his upcoming duets album Duets: Re-working The Catalogue. The song titled “Some Peace of Mind” is a duet with the late Bobby Womack which you can listen to below. The record will be out on March 24th.