Sharon Van Etten ““ New Album ““ European Tour

 Sharon Van Etten

Sharon van Etten
Because I was in Love
Language of Stone


Brooklynite alt-folkie Sharon van Etten embarks on a European tour starting today. While we wish her bon voyage, listeners who can’t make one of her European shows (dates below) will have to content themselves with her new debut LP.
Because I was in Love is slated for release on May 26. It’s sparely adorned, placing van Etten’s vocals front and center accompanied by acoustic guitar.   There’s a homey quality to the proceedings, which sometimes manifests itself in rough hewn moments, such as the approximate guitar tuning on “Some Dream.” But Because I was in Love is an LP that can catch you in the gut six different ways to Sunday. Lovely, disarming moments are found on “I Wish I Knew” and the ceaselessly vulnerable “I Fold.” This is doubtless due to the indescribably haunting quality of Van Etten’s voice.  ”Consolation Prize,” an evocative, achingly sad ballad, is my favorite tune thus far; hope she keeps it in reserve for the encores!

Sharon Van Etten in Europe
The Forum w/ BEIRUT and Shearwater
Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin w/ Great Lake Swimmers
UT Connewitz in Leipzig w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Beatpol in Dresden w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Kreuz in Fulda w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Manufaktur in Schorndorf w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Cultureel Podium Roepaen in Ottersum w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Le Botanique in Brussels w/ Great Lake Swimmers
St. Bonaventures in Bristol w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Dulcimer in Manchester w/ Great Lake Swimmers
The Cluny in Newcastle w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Twisted Wheel in Glasgow w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Glee Club in Birmingham w/ Great Lake Swimmers
Borderline in London w/ Great Lake Swimmers

Explosions in the Sky celebrate 10th Anniversary with Summer Tour

 Explosions in the Sky


Hard to believe that Austin rockers Explosions in the Sky have been making music together for ten years. If you haven’t heard 2007′s All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone, get thee to a record store! Better yet, get out and hear them this summer – tour dates below.



6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium with No Age and Eluvium


6/30 New York, NY @ Central Park Summer Stage with Constantines


7/2 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre with Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy)


7/4 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek with The Octopus Project and The Wooden Birds


7/11 Toronto, ON @ Toronto Olympic Island with Broken Social Scene, Apostle of Hustle and Beach House, and more


9/9 Antwerp, Belgium @ Ampitheatre Riviernhof


9/11 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival


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Better Than Ezra: New album in May; MP3 to Preview

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Mainstream rockers Better than Ezra release a new album on 5/12. The band is giving listeners a taste of Paper Empire with a free download of the single “Absolutely Still.”

MP3: Absolutely Still (download)

BTE is also touring throughout the US this spring and summer; venues and dates below.


Apr 25 – TPC of Louisiana – Avondale, Louisiana
Apr 26 – Jazz &Heritage Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana
May 1 – The Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC
May 2 – Rosewood Crawfish Festival – Columbia, SC
May 29 – House of Blues – New Orleans, Louisiana
May 30 – House of Blues – New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 2 – Flytrap Music Hall – Tulsa, OK
Jun 3 – Harrah’s Whiskey Road House – Council Bluffs, IA
Jun 5 – Taste Of Fort Worth – Fort Worth, TX
Jun 6 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
Jun 7 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jun 9 – Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
Jun 11 – City Limits – Delray Beach, FL
Jun 12 – Jannus – Tampa, FL
Jun 13 – HOB – Orlando, FL
Jun 14 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
Jun 16 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Jun 17 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 18 – Alive At The Square – Buffalo, NY
Jun 19 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Jun 20 – Paradise – Boston, MA
Jun 23 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Jun 25 – Vogue Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 26 – 4th Street Live – Louisville, KY
Jun 27 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
Jun 28 – Summerfest – Millwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 24 – Kansas City Live – Kansas City, MI
Jul 25 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MI
Jul 30 – Alive @ 5 – Stamford, CT
Oct 7 – Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, FL
Oct 8 – Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, FL