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NEW BEARD ANNOUNCE ‘MY PEOPLE ARE AROUND’ RELEASE

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Brooklyn freakrockers NEW BEARD return with ‘MY PEOPLE ARE AROUND’, seven hot new tracks showcasing the band’s massive, stripped down live sound which you can listen to in its entirety right now on their website.  The EP follows the band’s ‘New Beard City’ LP which was met with much excitement, gained a new following for the band, and was lovingly referred to as what KISS might sound like if they were a half brass band. 

Recorded live over the course of 2 days, ‘My People Are Around’ is nearly unclassifiable prog/psych rock with vocals by frontman Ben Wigler (Arizona) who can get real high, basslines by tuba player Tuba Joe Exley,  beats by freakshow drummer Tony Waldman and surf-metal guitarist Mike Krenner.  ‘My People Are Around’ is raw, unfiltered New Beard in full on-rock mode; effortless and energetic.


Stream ‘My People Are Around’  EP in full:

http://www.newbeardcity.com/

If you’re in NYC, celebrate with New Beard at their release show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday August 2nd.  21+ 7:30pm.  Tickets:  http://bit.ly/1qyyJVl

 

New Beard – My People Are Around from FaceHeads on Vimeo.

KURT BRAUNOHLER’S HALF HOUR PREMIERES THIS FRIDAY

KURT HALF HOURKurt Braunohler’s Comedy Central Half Hour premieres this Friday, July 25th at midnight ET / 11pm CST.  Tune in to catch Kurt’s excitement about his first rodeo, finding hot crotches, the perils of biscotti and the proper way to handle a TSA patdown.  In advance of his Half Hour, Comedy Central went Behind the Scenes in a new video about Braunohler’s start in comedy in NYC and how getting fired from a lame job helped launch his career:  http://on.cc.com/1wVyuRX

And watch for Kurt’s webseries “Roustabout,” filmed during his jetski adventure from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money to send 500 goats and 1000 chickens to Africa, to premiere on Comedy Central online this Fall.   In the meantime, Kurt’s “Let’s Get Wet For Goats” campaign is still taking donations to help families in need: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jet-ski-for-goats

Preview Kurt Braunohler’s Comedy Central Half Hour:

Pretty Good Year: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/5el505/the-half-hour-pretty-good-year

 

THE MARCHESA HOSTING SPECIAL SCREENING OF TEXAS THRILLER ‘TWO STEP’ TUESDAY JULY 29, 7:30PM

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Next Tuesday, July 29th, The Marchesa hosts a very special screening of La Chima Films critically acclaimed debut feature film TWO STEP.   A fast-paced Texas thriller shot in Austin, TWO STEP made its World Premiere at SXSW this spring and was hailed by Variety, The Playlist, Film Comment and more. The screening is 7:30pm, tickets $10.  Tickets and more info at: https://www.austinfilm.org/two-step

Written and directed by Austin-based filmmaker Alex R. Johnson, the thriller centers around James (Skyy Moore), a directionless college dropout, and Webb (James Landry Hebert), a career criminal with his back against the wall, as their lives violently collide when a quick, anonymous phone scam turns prolonged, bloody and deeply personal.

A beautifully shot film with incredible performances, the TWO STEP cast also includes notables from the Austin music scene;  Dale Watson, Jesse Dayton and Laurie Gallardo, as well as locations such as the legendary Broken Spoke and Lala’s.  TWO STEP also features an original score by Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set, The Wooden Birds).

TWO STEP – TRAILER from Alex R Johnson on Vimeo.

SF SKETCHFEST SUMMER SOCIAL AT CASTRO THEATER

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Four great events happening at the Castro Theater on Aug 16 & 17th as part of SF Sketchfest’s Summer Social !

SATURDAY AUG 16–
THE MUPPET MOVIE 35th Anniversary Family Matinee Screening with very special guest DAVE GOELZ, voice and puppeteer of Gonzo the Great.  Dave  has worked on countless revered Henson productions and he will appear for a conversation and Q&A at the screening.
11am, $10, All Ages
Tickets:  http://bit.ly/1rk4Ze5

DOUG BENSON, wildly popular stand-up comedian and podcaster and the man behind “Super High Me,” “Doug Loves Movies,” and “Getting Doug With High” returns to SF with The Benson Movie Interruption’s live skewering of the third installment of the teen vampire series The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Guests tba.
4:20pm, $20
Tickets  http://bit.ly/1g5TF1c

OFFICE SPACE 15th Anniversary Screening + very special guest Stephen Root “Milton.”
A rare 35mm archival print screening of Mike Judge’s classic comedy Office Space, with very special guest Stephen Root (“Milton,” who believes you might have his stapler) live in person.   Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, Ajay Naidu, David Herman and Diedrich Bader also star as employees of INITECH who get bossed around until they decide to take matters into their own hands, while Peter falls for Chotchkie’s waitress Joanna.
9pm, $12
Tickets:  http://bit.ly/1p1UTbX

SUNDAY AUG 17—-
FRED ARMISEN, co-creator and star of IFC’s “Portlandia” and beloved veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” takes to the Castro Theatre stage for a night of stand-up comedy, featuring a very special opening act: Armisen’s alter-ego, 70′s era English punk-rock musician Ian Rubbish and his band. The evening will close with an opportunity for the audience to participate in a lively Q & A session with Fred.
8pm, $25
Tickets  http://bit.ly/1g5TlPW

For more information + tickets for SF Sketchfest’s Summer Social, go to
http://sfsketchfest.com

 

PREVIEW KURT BRAUNOHLER’S ROUSTABOUT JETSKI ADVENTURE + “GET WET FOR GOATS” DONATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED

Comedian Kurt Braunohler jetskied down the Mississippi with the goal of raising money to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to African families in need.  Comedy Central filmed the adventure for an upcoming webseries. Check out the preview of Kurt’s “Roustabout” and find more info on donating at http://on.cc.com/1nbM91m

 

THE HANDSOME FAMILY ON TOUR THIS SUMMER

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Brett and Rennie Sparks, better known as The Handsome Family, will be taking their exhilarating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalacian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad on tour this summer.    The band travels the world performing sold out shows and their live show has been praised as “a knockabout celebration of the deadpan, a real joy” (The Scotsman).    Many fans stateside might know The Handsome Family from their song “Far From Any Road” which was heard by millions as the theme song for HBO’s Emmy-nominated hit series “True Detective.”

The Handsome Family have over a dozen releases to their credit,  including ‘Wilderness’ which was named Best Americana Album of the Year 2013 by UNCUT.   The Handsome Family recently celebrated the release  of ‘Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of’ which is an entire record of Handsome Family songs covered by Andrew Bird.

8/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center  *Free Show
Loring Park, Summer Music & Movies, Music begins at 7 pm; movie (Dr. Strangelove) begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 pm)
8/20 – Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theater
8/22 – Louisville, KY @ Decca Cellar Lounge*
8/23 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement*
8/25 – Hickory, NC @ House Concert
8/26 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger*
8/28 – Arlington, VA @ Iota Club*
8/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade*
8/30 – NYC @ Mercury Lounge*
8/31 – Charleston, RI @ Rhythm & Roots Festival
9/5 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout Block Party
*Richard Buckner supports

“There’s a lot of smiling at this gig, on and off stage. That might surprise many people who have only read about the duo’s penchant for songs riddled with darkness, death and the macabre. But Rennie Sparks and her husband, Brett are funny live…through their chit-chat, the song introductions and the banter with the audience.” – THE SCOTSMAN

“This is music that moves forward by turning the clock back- haunting, primal and strangely heroic” – THE LONDON TIMES

“The Handsome Family is in a rare category of songwriters” -  ANDREW BIRD

http://www.handsomefamily.com/
@handsomefamily
https://soundcloud.com/the-handsome-family

 

 

MATT AND KIM HITTING FESTIVAL STAGES ALL SUMMER!

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Brooklyn duo MATT AND KIM are bringing the dance party to a ton of summer festivals and you don’t want to miss out!  Matt and Kim have previously brought mind-blowing sets to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Hangout, Electric Forest, Bumbershoot, Voodoo, Ultra, Corona Capital in Mexico City to name but a few, and will be hitting more festivals all summer long.  Upcoming shows listed below with more tba -keep an eye on http://mattandkimmusic.com/

Matt and Kim’s extraordinary live show has earned them the MTVu Woodie Award for “Best Live Performance,” beating out Girl Talk, The National, Mumford & Sons and Robyn.  Their high octane live show gives plenty to dance to and shout along with as original fan favorites “Daylight” “Cameras” “Now” “It’s Alright” “Let’s Go” plus familiar crowd faves will be brought to technicolor life onstage!

7/12 – Saugerties, NY @ Hudson Project, 9:15 set
7/25 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party, 10th and Pike, 9:15 set
7/26 – Kelowna, BC @ Center Of Gravity, City Park, Main Stage at 7:30
7/31 – Burriana, Spain @ Arenal Sound,  Arenal De Burriana
8/16 – Annapolis, MC @ Silopanna Music Festival
9/6 – St Louis, MO @ LouFest
10/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful

“transcendent live shows”  – Nerve

“a touring band of epic proportions” – Refinery29

“If you are on the fence as to whether or not you are going to go, trust me when I tell you “GO SEE THEM LIVE”" – ConcertAddicts

“The most stand-out was definitely Matt & Kim’s energetic set, which absolutely blew my mind.” – Daily Reveile,  VooDoo Fest

“Matt and Kim make the world a better place -  Seriously who knew that two people, a drum kit, and a synth could be so enthralling? Matt and Kim are the most fun band ever!” – SF Bay Guardian, BottleRock Festival

“From the first beat to the last, Johnson and the always-smiling Kim Schifino gave the concert-goers an unforgettable show” – Birmingham Observer

’2776′ THE BIGGEST COMEDY-MUSIC-SCI-FI ALBUM OF ALL TIME IS OUT NOW!

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 ’2776,’ the biggest comedy-music-sci-fi-history album of all time is now out!

The fantastic, absolutely star-packed music/comedy album featuring   Patton Oswalt, Aimee Mann, Yo La Tengo, Reggie Watts, Neko Case, Will Forte, Ashanti, Andy Richter, Ira Glass, Andrew WK, Aubrey Plaza, Mike Mills, Martha Plimpton, Will Arnett, k.d. lang, Ed Helms, Margaret Cho, Mike Mills, Kids in the Hall and many more, is now out on iTunesAmazon, and  CDBaby.

Called “The most patriotic way to celebrate July 4th” by GQ, ‘2776’ is a concept album of 28 original songs  performed by 82 Emmy-, Tony-, and Grammy-winning actors and musicians, taking satricical aim at everything in America from sports to sex to the media, from religion to war to technology.  ‘2776’ was co-created by Rob Kutner (CONAN, The Daily Show) and the Levinson Brothers, Joel and Stephen, with liner notes by award-winning author George Saunders.

Sales of ‘2776’ will benefit OneKid OneWorld in their efforts to promote education in Kenya and El Salvador.

 

STAR STUDDED ALBUM ’2776′ FEATURING PATTON OSWALT, AIMEE MANN, YO LA TENGO, NEKO CASE, REGGIE WATTS, WILL FORTE, IRA GLASS, ANDREW WK, k.d. lang, PAUL F TOMPKINS, AUBREY PLAZA AND MORE! STREAMING NOW ON SOUNDCLOUD

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Following news of the release of ’2776,’ a fantastic, star-studded music/comedy album with sales benefitting OneKid OneWorld, comes the opportunity for the world to stream the album in full via SoundCloud in advance of its July 4 release date.  The talent list includes over 80 award winning performers including  Patton Oswalt, Aimee Mann, Yo La Tengo, Reggie Watts, Neko Case, Will Forte, Ashanti, Andy Richter, Ira Glass, Andrew WK, Aubrey Plaza, Mike Mills, Martha Plimpton, Will Arnett, k.d. lang, Ed Helms, Margaret Cho and many more on over 20 tracks taking satirical aim at every aspect of America – from sports to sex to the media, from religion to war to technology, nothing is spared.

’2776′ is a concept album of 28 original songs  performed by 82 Emmy-, Tony-, and Grammy-winning actors and musicians, co-created by Rob Kutner (CONAN, The Daily Show) and the Levinson Brothers, Joel and Stephen (Tonight Show, Comedy Central), with liner notes by award-winning author George Saunders.


’2776′ will be released on July 4
with sales benefitting OneKid OneWorld in their efforts to promote education in Kenya and El Salvador.

Hear ’2776′ in full on SoundCloud:  http://bit.ly/1iuYwud

Watch AV Club’s video exclusive featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Rebirth Brass Bandhttp://avc.lu/1jOth8g

Pre-order ’2776′ now at  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/2776

 

 

SECRET CITIES NEW ‘WALK ME HOME’ OUT TODAY!

SECRET CITIES’ excellent new LP ‘WALK ME HOME’ is out today on WESTERN VINYL.  Funded  by Kickstarter and recorded in a brisk 10 day burst of collaborative creativity at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco with Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Erase Errata) manning the controls, ‘Walk Me Home’ marks the first time the band recorded together in a studio.  AllMusic gave the album 4 stars and hailed it as Secret Cities’ “strongest release yet.” 

Stream ‘Walk Me Home’ at http://bit.ly/1sBIK4N

Started by co-lead singers Marie Parker and Charles Gokey at age 15, Secret Cities is a band of three best friends who have never actually lived in the same city.  Bringing in bandmember influences ranging from soul masters like King Floyd & Dr. John to Roy Orbison and using the band’s unique dual vocalists Marie and Charlie to their utmost advantage, psych rock band Secret Cities created their best yet with ‘Walk Me Home.’

Secret Cities will play CMJ in NYC this Fall.  Touring TBA.

“Bad Trip” video:
http://vimeo.com/96749067

“Paradise” mp3
https://soundcloud.com/western_vinyl/secret-cities-paradise-1

“Thumbs”  mp3
https://soundcloud.com/western_vinyl/secret-cities-thumbs

 

PRAISE FOR ‘WALK ME HOME’

“friendly melodies, flighty choirs and ambient tantrums”Maximum Ink

“a more engaging and certainly more immediate effort… their strongest release yet.”  – 4/5 AllMusic.com

“a splendid example of the group’s knack for punchy AM pop with nods to Pet Sounds and Motown.” -Stereogum “Bad Trip” video premiere

“Walk Me Home is brimming with confidence, standing decisively in the clear, open air and highlighting the intrinsic beauty of their otherworldly sound.​” - LineOfBestFit

“the sound of an indie-pop band coming into its own. More noisey than twee, more tuneful than coy, the track would fit right in on a playlist anchored by Camera Obscura or Rilo Kiley.”“Bad Trip” KDHX Song Of The Day

‘Walk Me Home’ is available at:

http://secretcitiesmusic.com/album/walk-me-home