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This show has been cancelled - refunds avail at point of purchase (ticketweb purchased tickets will be automatically refunded).
When Cris Jacobs began dreaming about a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2016 album Dust to Gold, he realized early on he'd have to do things differently this time around. His life had changed drastically since writing those songs: he'd toured extensively and attracted a legion of new, devoted fans; he'd come off the road into a world, with its divisive rhetoric and troubling headlines, he no longer recognized; and, most importantly, he'd gotten married and had his first child. Things had changed, and Jacobs had, too.
Color Where You Are is the work of an artist at an exciting new stage in his life and career, ready to use his talents to share a little beauty with the loved ones and fans who have already given so much to him. The title nods to Jacobs' experience writing the album, which, as he puts it, he had to do "between tours, coming home, changing diapers, fixing things around the house.... You name it." He no longer had the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike, so he colored where he was.
"It was a new discipline for me and a new level of focus that I think brought out the best work," he explains. "I feel like I grew up a little bit. There are people in my life who I truly care about and things in the world I feel deeply about. That really pushed me in a stronger direction and forced me to feel things on an honest level."
Opening track "Painted Roads," with its soulful groove and clever arrangement, is the perfect encapsulation of just how far Jacobs has come since releasing Dust to Gold. Jacobs is self-assured and confident in his soulful, infectious vocal, while his lyrical craftsmanship shows Jacobs to be a thoughtful songwriter who continuously strives to grow and evolve.
"It's about choosing to live in the present, and see the everyday details of the world, rather than postponing living or paying attention in hopes of some distant prize or destination," Jacobs says of "Painted Roads." "We get so caught up in 'success' and ambition, and are so goal-oriented, that we sometimes lose sight of the beauty in the everyday. 'Color where you are' is the notion of creating beauty now, no matter the circumstance."
"Painted Roads" was one of the first songs Jacobs and the band (who co-produced the album together) recorded for Color Where You Are, with his band mates taking Jacobs' original Tom Petty-inspired arrangement and giving it an off-kilter, syncopated groove. For the first time, Jacobs wrote the bulk of the album's songs in the studio, camping out at Richmond's Montrose Studios to flesh out "germs and ideas that had been floating around" with band members Todd Herrington (bass), Dusty Ray Simmons (drums/percussion) and Jonathan Sloane (guitar).
"I booked the studio time and put a gun to my head and that sometimes works," Jacobs says. "In this case it did. It feels like a specific time period and specific vibe and emotional space that came through in all of these songs. It was a really organic process."
While life as a family man changed Jacobs' perspective (and schedule), current events also had a profound impact on Jacobs' songwriting, with commentary on social and political issues finding its way into tracks like "Afterglow" and "Under the Big Top." Color Where You Are is a hopeful affair, though, with Jacobs employing thoughtful criticism and messages of empowerment instead of wallowing or ruminating.
"The political climate is causing a different sort of energy and angst in me thats never been there before," he explains. "Its not a political album by any means, but those forces out there certainly dictated a lot of the writing on this record."
On "Afterglow," Jacobs searches for optimism and healing in trying times. His emotional vocal is buoyed by a passionate, swelling performance from the band, making the track one of Color Where You Are's most poignant moments. "It's about the hope that after the storm we are currently trying to survive in, we will see true light like never before," Jacobs says. "That the constant threats to our foundations will cause us to examine and strengthen them, and come out the other side with stronger hearts and clearer vision. 'There will come horses, there will come voices' -- that we will be forced to show our true hand like never before because of our dire need to defend it."
Elsewhere, on "Under the Big Top," Jacobs channels swampy, gritty rock influences to shine a light on narrow-mindedness and lazy thinking. Crunchy riffs and a fat bass groove make the track, despite its heady message, one of the album's many songs you can't help but move to.
"'Under the Big Top' is commentary on societys evolution into gullible, easily distracted, lazy-mindedness," Jacobs says. 'Pretty lights junkie like a moth to candle,' always distracted by the brightest, loudest, biggest, rather than remembering how to seek for ourselves and find truth and love. We instead over-consume and are given every opportunity to do so. What we end up with is a circus of sorts, with tricksters and hucksters and loud mouths with no real value taking up all of our attention and ruling us, because we are too easily manipulated."
Grooves abound on Color Where You Are, as on standout track "Rooster Coop," which finds Jacobs and the band sniffing around the henhouse over greasy slide guitar, a deep, deep pocket and a truly funky bass line. "All I knew was that I wanted to write a song that merged country and funk," Jacobs says of "Roostr Coop." "We started out with the main groove of the tune and the first line that popped into my head was, 'Theres something funky in the barnyard.' So naturally, I wrote a song about a scandalous love tryst amongst farm animals."
Spanning rock, folk, soul and funk and drawing from inspiration that runs the gamut from the henhouse to the White House, Color Where You Are is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Cris Jacobs as a songwriter, musician and bandleader. It's the work of a devoted father and an empathetic member of the human race. More than that, it's a reminder that there's beauty to be found everywhere, if you just take a moment to color where you are.
"What am I trying to do with my music?" Jacobs muses. "The simple answer is this: Im trying to connect with people. To express real-life human emotions and make people feel things. To connect my love of music with my love of writing and conjure up all of the joy and emotions that those things bring to me. To hopefully have people walk away feeling lighter or happier or more inspired to go do something after listening... I want to create a body of work that my family will be proud of one day, and to show that I had compassion to the human condition and wasnt just a self-indulgent show off."
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Originally from New Orleans, Sean Patton is a comedian, writer, storyteller, and performer based in New York. As a standup, he has appeared at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney International Comedy Festival, JFL Chicago, JFL Toronto, JFL Montreal (2008, 2010, 2012,
2016), Moontower Comedy Festival, RIOT LA, High Plains, SXSW, Outsidelands, Dublin Comedy Festival, NYCF, Bonnaroo, Nashville Comedy Festival and premiered his show NUMBER ONE at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.
He has appeared on Comedy Centrals Live at Gotham, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan (2011, 2013) and his Comedy Central Half Hour and album was released in 2013. Additionally, he can be seen on @midnight (2014, 2015), The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, This Is Not Happening (2015,2016,2017, 2019), Whats Your F@#king Deal?! and Vicelands Flophouse and Party Legends. On screen, he can be seen on IFC's Maron, Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and TruTV's Those Who Can't.
In 2019 he and co-host Caitlin Cook launched their podcast 5 Words on the All Things Comedy network.
Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las),
Mapaches new album, From Liberty Street, captures the Los Angeles duo at their
finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch weaving airtight harmonies around stripped-
down, organic arrangements that blur the lines between traditional folk and modern
cosmic country. The songs here reckon with longing, desire, and change, and the
arrangements draw on everything from Hawaiian-steeped surf and Mexican boleros
(Blasucci spent two years living South of the border) to Bakersfield twang and
lonesome cowboy campfire tunes, all delivered with the kind of easygoing charm and
natural intuition usually reserved for blood brothers or married couples. Its an
instantly engaging chemistry the two share, a captivating musical bond that mirrors
the comfort, closeness, and camaraderie of the albums homespun roots.
This record is about as close to the sound of home as you can get, says Blasucci.
We recorded it with a bunch of our friends in the house where we were living in a
neighborhood that we loved. The studio was right downstairs, so we had the freedom
to try all kinds of new ideas without any pressure or limitations. All the other folks
who lived in the house were musicians, too, so it made for this communal atmosphere
where everyone was always collaborating and creating together.
The freedom of living where they recorded meant that Mapache could take their time
experimenting with sounds and textures in the studio, a far cry from the way the pair
captured their self-titled debut, which was cut live and raw around a single
microphone. Praised by Aquarium Drunkard as sounding like a blazed up Everly
Brothers and given a six-star review by UK magazine Shindig, that record helped the
band earn festival appearances from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Pickathon, where
Rolling Stone named their set one of the weekends top highlights, as well as tour
dates with Chris Robinson, Beachwood Sparks, and Mandolin Orange among others. The
Boston Globe hailed the duos intricate, intertwined acoustic guitar and close
harmonies wedded to simple, plainspoken lyrics, while No Depression fell for their
lilting melodies, and Saving Country Music declared that the pair can fill up a room
with more soul soaring harmony than most symphonic assemblies. The music also
caught the attention of veteran indie label Yep Roc Records, which recently reissued
the groups debut album in advance of From Liberty Streets arrival.
Shaving their heads, grabbing guitars, and pulling no punches, Overcoats etched a ten-song battle-cry on their second full-length album, The Fight [Loma Vista Recordings]. Their vision is not about picking up arms, but rather about picking oneself up. Its the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. This is the push
As New York-natives Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell wrapped up touring behind their critically acclaimed 2017 debut YOUNG, it seemed as though the world was collapsing around them. There was no choice but to fight. We lost friends to addiction and to gun violence, we were battling an extremely tough political climate, and feeling the weight of existential loneliness, admits Hana, We had to learn how to take care of ourselves and each other in a different way. There was a realization that we couldnt wait for life to get easier, adds JJ. The idea you have to fight for who you are, what you want, and what you hope to see in the world became poignant for us. We realized the thing to do is not to wait for life to get easier, but to start fighting harder.
So, they donned guitars in a shared New York city apartment and wrote the soundtrack to their fight. Hana and JJ personally assembled a team around themselves to help support their vision. Within a self-contained environment and under the watch of one London-based creative director, two LA-based producers, and, of course the two creators, the album came to life. They even self-produced a music video in which they shaved each others heads. Yes, thats right. They shaved each others heads. They agree, We decided it was time to take matters into our own hands and shock some people. We needed to become warriors to fight for the future we wish to see in the world.
Inspired by everything from Young Marble Giants to The Violent Femmes to Iggy Pop, Overcoats rooted this next chapter in electric guitar and punk energy culled from nearly two years on the road. At the same time, they tempered the energy with a vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness. JJ explains, The new music is a bit grittier and more rock-leaning, but there has always been and will always be a through-line of our voices singing in harmony. This album is going to break your heart, but also try to put it back together, states Hana. Allowing the guitar to dictate the sound, we tried to represent all of the stages of what this realization was. Its not just depression, anger, and sadness; its the motivational stage too. Its the pop song that helps to distract you from your sadness. Its a call-to-arms to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and fight to stay alive.
In early 2019, they committed this vision to tape alongside producer Justin Raisen [Angel Olson, Charli XCX, Santigold] and Yves Rothman [Courtney Love, Yves Tumor, Miya Folick]. Were always very D.I.Y., comments JJ. We werent going to wait for some fancy producers and pop writers to pen us a record. We wrote it ourselves. We needed the right partners to record it. Thats Justin and his secret weapon, collaborator, Yves. Theyre both as crazy as we are. They understood our vision: future-classic bangers.
Finding a kindred creative spirit, Overcoats cranked out sticky sweet pop subversion tightened up to Swedish standards under a Seattle grunge haze all initially born out garage band demos of guitar and voice, made in those apartments. Overcoats introduced this body of work with The Fool. Neon synths, disco beats, and a hummable bass bop glimmer between catchy confessions such as Somedays, Im a warrior. Somedays, Im out of my mind. It culminates on an immediately irresistible gang vocal chant upheld by glitchy distortion.
We wrote it based on The Fool tarot card, says JJ. It signifies taking a leap of faith and jumping into the unknown. Conceptually, it felt like the beginning of the project. We wiped the slate clean and decided to jump. Thats why the video includes the footage of us shaving our heads. Were The Fool; were making our leap. Its an empowering message, continues Hana. I dont need to be defined by the opinions of others or go with the status quo; I can be myself.
Rattling percussion and resounding keys underscore Leave If You Wanna, which builds towards a melancholically danceable bridge. JJ states, Its about stubbornness and ego that will get you in a lot of trouble in fights with your partner, family, or anyone. Perhaps, its the doubt that creeps in after you jump.
Keep The Faith hinges on fuzzed-out nineties guitars and a hunkering drum roll as it transmits a stark valentine between the battle. Its a straight-up love song, Hana goes on. We decide to let our armor down, because youve got to keep the faith.
Fire & Fury encapsulates many of the themes. JJ writes, Its a battle-cry against climate change and the myopic vision of those in power. Its also an intimate look at a perpetual fight with your partner. Hana responds, Through the darkness, there is light. We have to have hope even as the world around us appears to crumble or go up in flames. The track remains dark and brooding as well as hopeful and anthemic. An understatedly pop pre-chorus mounts in the background. Soon, a thunderous kick drops into a wall of guitars and synth bass as the duo scream, Theres a fire, theres a fury. Sky is falling, but well get through it.
At some point, all ten songs incorporate the word Fight. The title track sums up the vision as a whole. Its representative of what the story is, explains Hana. The word manifested itself in every lyric, but it goes back to our first call about the theme. Late one night, JJ called me and said, I wrote something, I think its called The Fight. It applied to everything we felt. The more the shit hit the fan, the more it became so relevant. When Hana heard the song she said, The Fight, thats what this story is called. And then, they both cried.
Each song on this record draws on the concept of fighting - whether its a fight with a significant other, a fight for rights and representation in politics, or a fight against inner demons, says Hana.
Overcoats draw the same unfettered emotion from listeners. Since forming out of a Wesleyan dorm room in 2015, Hana and JJ quietly molded provocative pop into power. YOUNG stood out as one of the Top 5 bestselling albums from a debut artist on an independent label in 2017, bowed at #4 on the Alternative New Albums Chart, and landed at #12 on the Heatseekers Chart. Billboard touted YOUNG among The Best Albums of 2017 Critics Pick, and NPR Music named it the #4 Album of 2017 in addition to praise from New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Additionally, they toured alongside Mitski, Tennis, Rhye, Matt Corby, The Japanese House, and Joseph.
By crafting and recording The Fight, they continue their journey, encouraging listeners to fight alongside them. I want people to feel revved up, Hana leaves off. I want them to feel like things they thought were futile are possible. I want them to feel excited for the future. We have to keep trying. In trying, I want people to feel powerful in who they are.
King Buffalo will release their fourth EP, Dead Star, on March 20th. The widely-hailed progressive heavy rock trio from Western New York will have preorders starting on Jan. 24 via kingbuffalo.bigcartel.com. Preorders include an immediate download of the title track from the six- song, 36-minute release. Extensive tour dates will follow.
Their most brazenly experimental offering to-date, Dead Star will self-release throughout North America and see European issue via Stickman Records.
Self-recorded in late 2019 and early 2020 by guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson, Dead Star continues to push King Buffalos psychedelic aspects deep into the cosmic ether, and basks in elements of ambient drone, space rock, prog, mantra-style heavy and synthesizer soundtracking, as well as the bluesy, classic riffing and creative urgency that has underscored their particular style since their 2013 demo and 2016 debut album, Orion. A depth of mix comes courtesy of Grant Husselman, while Bernie Matthews mastered.
In the early stages of Dead Star, we made the decision to make a strong commitment to experimentation, explains guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay. From exploring different time signatures, tunings and textures, to tweaking the song writing processes themselves. Were extremely proud of these recordings, and feel its some of our most ambitious work yet.
King Buffalos discography includes two full-length albums, Orion (2016) and Longing to Be the Mountain (2018), as well as three prior EPs 2013s Demo, a 12 split with Le Bétre in 2015, and 2018s Repeater.
Dead Star continues the risk-taking that fueled Repeater, honoring the core dynamic of King Buffalo as a band while boldly introducing new ideas and sides of their sound to their audience.
Recent years have found King Buffalo touring throughout North America and Europe, with highlight festival performances, support slots and headlining shows, and they bring that experience to the songwriting of Dead Stars six tracks, be it the sprawling two-part leadoff Red Star Pt. 1 & 2 or the John Carpenter-esque instrumental Ecliptic ahead of the chug-and-crash-prone Eta Carinae. All the while King Buffalo maintain a flow and atmosphere that has served as a hallmark of their approach.
These six songs deviate and expand on horizons that we as King Buffalo havent yet reached, says drummer Scott Donaldson, who also handled the graphic layout of Dead Star with Ryan T. Hancocks striking cover art. Its extremely exciting to make something familiar, but unlike anything weve previously done. I cant wait for everyone to hear it.
After the impressive success of her previous band Houndmouth, Katie Toupins career as a solo artist is beaming. Co-writer and key performer on #1 song, Sedona with over 100,000,000 streams on Spotify, Katie Toupin is proving she has only just begun. Freed from the gingham-checked restraints of Houndmouth, Toupin displays more range and greater depth on her solo debut, Magnetic Moves - Paste Magazine.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Katie ventured to Austin, Texas to create an eclectic, yet cohesive record. Magnetic Moves (written, arranged, and produced by Katie Toupin) is a mixture of throwback odes and modern sonics brought to life by the thoughtful arrangements of multi-instrumentalist Scott Davis (Hayes Carl, Band of Heathens). George Harrison-esk rifs never feel out of place over the tastefully placed synthesizers on songs like Real Love and Back In Time. Angela Miller and Lauren Marie (Black Pumas) offer soulful backup parts on album highlight, Someone To you as well as Lost Sometimes and In Your Dreams. The title track, Magnetic Moves received extensive radio play across the United States. Katie brings the album to life with vivacious and interactive live performances.
American Songwriter said, based on this evidence, (Toupin) is clearly ready for her shot in the spotlight.
This show has been postponed to August 3 - all tickets honored
This show has been postponed to August 8 - all tickets honored
56-58 South 12th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203 (In Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side)