“A powerhouse songwriting duo” –NPR
“A wealth of infectious songs that are both sharply observed and sharply written” –Pitchfork
“The band has created an intimate, largely D.I.Y. world that feels fresh and vital” –The New York Times
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball announced a spring headlining US tour today, with support from Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise and The Obsessives (all tour dates below). Tickets for all shows will be on-sale to the general public this Friday, January 6th at 12pm EST but limited pre-sale tickets for the shows are now available at http://modernbaseball.shofetti.com.
Modern Baseball released their latest LP Holy Ghost this May to widespread acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, MTV, Boston Globe, Stereogum, The Guardian, Consequence of Sound, Alternative Press, AV Club, SPIN and numerous other publications of note. The band have spent the past several months touring the world in support of the newest album, including appearances at Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds, and Falls Fest. Holy Ghost was included on a variety of year end lists including Noisey, Stereogum, Fader, A.V. Club, SPIN, The Observer , Diffuser, BrooklynVegan, Bandcamp, Uproxx, Alternative Press and more.
Kevin Devine will be touring on his 2016 release Instigator, out now on Procrastinate! Music Traitors. Instigator was Devine’s 9th studio record and his most critically acclaimed to date. The record peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Alternative Album charts, and Noisey named it #45 on their Top 100 Albums of 2016 calling it a “relentless assault of catchy hooks” as well as “timely and important.”
Sorority Noise will release their highly anticipated follow up to their break out album Joy, Departed on Triple Crown Records this spring. Joy, Departed gained notoriety for speaking out against the trend of romanticizing sadness, instead committing to an open and real depiction of mental illness. Pitchfork called the album “sophisticated, confident, well-produced and also more vertiginous in all aspects.”
The Obsessives recently announced the release of their sophomore record The Obsessives, coming out on Lame-O Records on March 17th. The album volleys between the expressive texture of emo bands like Braid and the bouncy indie of bands like The Pixies and Violent Femmes.
Psyko Steve Presents The 4th Annual Phoenix Rock Lottery on Saturday, January 28th at Crescent Ballroom in Downtown Phoenix!
25 musicians will start the day. 5 bands will end it.
No one has heard the music yet. There is no site streaming any of it to preview. The music is not only unreleased, it is not even written yet! The artists performing at the Phoenix Rock Lottery will begin writing their material just 10 hours before they have to play it on stage. In fact the musicians will wake up that day not even knowing who they will be in a band with that night! The only way to hear what is created that day will be to come and see it for yourself.
On January 28th, 25 of the best musicians in Phoenix will meet, and names will be drawn at random to create five brand new bands. Those bands will then have that day, and only that day, to write and rehearse a set to perform live in concert that night at Crescent Ballroom. Each band will have to write three original songs and choose one cover to perform.
The 4th Annual Rock Lottery will feature an entirely new group of musicians. No musicians from the previous three lotteries were included, although a number of performers come from bands previously represented in years past. The list of musicians selected this year includes members of some of Phoenix’s most prominent bands: decker., Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Black Bottom Lighters, Fairy Bones, Playboy Manbaby, as well as from some of the best new bands making a name for themselves today: Upsahl, El West, House Of Stairs, and Weslynn.
The past three lotteries have included a who’s who of local music; including Jim, Zach, Rick, and Robin from Jimmy Eat World, Ben from AJJ, Jared from Jared and The Mill, Ian from Dear And The Headlights, Grace from Run Boy Run, Matthew from Vinyl Station, Matt and Emma from Black Carl, and Brennan from The Technicolors, to name just a few.
In just three shows, including two sell outs, the Phoenix Rock Lotteries have already had quite an impact on Phoenix’s music scene and local community. The 1st Phoenix Rock Lottery, held at Crescent Ballroom on February 9th, 2014, was named “Best Club Show in Phoenix 2014” in the Phoenix New Times “Best Of Phoenix” issue, describing the event as “yielding goods that had Phoenix feeling pretty damn great about its music scene.” The recent solo 7” series by Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins included the song “Love Don’t Wait”, originally written during that first lottery. In 2016, the band Wet Lab, formed in the 2nd Phoenix Rock Lottery, released formal recordings of two of the songs they wrote together on cassette via the new local label Saint Joseph. The single was prominently marketed nationally as part of this year’s Cassette Store Day.
For the 4th year in a row, the proceeds of the Phoenix Rock Lottery will benefit Rosie’s House. “Funds raised by the Phoenix Rock Lottery provide music education training to youth from low-income backgrounds. Specifically, the funds underwrite our Beginning Guitar Class for 12 students providing free instruction, a loaned instrument, curriculum and performance opportunities,” said CEO Becky Bell Ballard. “We are so thankful to local musicians, Pysko Steve and Crescent Ballroom. Thank you for paying it forward and supporting young people in their pursuit of learning to play a musical instrument.”
Complete list of musicians performing in the 2017 Phoenix Rock Lottery:
Jef Wright (of Roar / Treasure Mammal) Marty Welker (of El West) Pat McCarthy (of The Stiletto Formal) Ryan McPhatter (of Black Bottom Lighters) Dave Marquez (of Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra / Mariachi de Grand Ave) Amber Johnson (of decker.) Chelsey Louise (of Fairy Bones) Cassidy Hilgers (of Sister Lip / Field Tripp) Jacob Lauxman (of Twin Ponies) Alex Benson (of Okilly Dokilly) Mark Sunman (of The Haymarket Squares) Caleb Dailey (of Bear State / Flower Festival) Jake Arrington (of There Is Danger / Underground Cities) Corey Gloden (of Wyves / Dry River Yacht Club) Zach Zimmerman (of American Longspurs) Taylor Upsahl (of Upsahl) Holly Pyle (of House Of Stairs) Austin Rickert (of Jerusafunk / Playboy Manbaby) Jared Geyer (of Weslynn) Jon Rauhouse (of Neko Case) Aldy Montufar (of Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra / Fatigo) Thomas Knight (of Bear Ghost) Cori Rios (of The Hourglass Cats) Joshua Hill (of The Hill In Mind) Austen Mack (of Captain Squeegee)
Psyko Steve Presents The Fourth Annual PHOENIX ROCK LOTTERY 25 Musicians Start The Day, 5 Bands End it! Saturday January 28, 2017
Crescent Ballroom 308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix, AZ
Doors: 7:00 PM, Show: 8:30 PM, 21 and over Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show
Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children is committed to playing a pivotal role in a child’s future and strengthening our community. At Rosie’s House, a free music academy for children facing economic adversity in inner-city Phoenix, we bridge achievement in life through achievement in music. Rosie’s House believes music education creates hope, fuels the imagination, sparks creativity and is a powerful force for social justice and vitality in our community. Overall, we serve 450 youth annually with our creative youth development programming; providing 12,000 free music lessons, loaning 250 instruments and producing over 50 concerts each year.
Music icons New Found Glory announced their 20 Year Anniversary Tour today. Fans will be able to hear select albums in their entirety released prior to 2010 at each tour date. A full list of dates and albums can be found at newfoundglory.com.Exclusive bundles are available through Ticketmaster and include a download of their upcoming album, due out next spring. VIP upgrades will also be available for purchase.
Over their span of 20 non-stop years in the music industry, New Found Glory have released 8 studio albums, 1 live album, 2 EPs and 3 cover albums. The band is currently mixing their upcoming 9th studio album, set to release Spring 2017. The album is being produced by Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx, Anberlin, Acceptance) and mixed by Tom Lord Alge (U2, The Rolling Stones, Blink 182).
New Found Glory is Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (guitar), Ian Grushka (bass guitar) and Cyrus Bolooki (drums).
Sixth Annual Decibel Magazine Tour – Friday March 24th at Club Red in Mesa, AZ!
Kreator, Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous spearhead premier metal mag’s latest North American assault this March.
Since its inception in 2004, Decibel has redefined what a metal magazine can accomplish. From authoritative books and celebrated festivals to the revitalization of the classic flexi disc format and the creation of the renowned Decibel Hall of Fame series, we continue to push far beyond the accepted boundaries of print. Theannual Decibel Magazine Tour — launched in 2012 — may very well be the finest of its ventures. For the past six years, ambitious curation has unified artists from far reaches of the extreme universe who would otherwise never have the opportunity to tour North America together. The lineup for the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour continues that proud tradition, as German thrash metal founders Kreator align with Florida death metal legends Obituary, old-school Ohio brutalizers Midnightand celebrated progressive death prodigies Horrendous (with regional openers in select markets to be announced next year).
Of 2017’s four featured acts, two will release new LPs in 2017 to coincide with the Decibel Tour: Kreator, with their fourteenth full-length album, Gods of Violence; and Obituary, with tenth effort Obituary. The latter have already been honored with an authoritative Hall of Fame feature on 1990’s landmark album Cause of Death. In 2015, Horrendous took home Decibel’s Album of the Year honor for their Anaretarelease. Additionally, Kreator, Midnight and Horrendous have each recorded and released exclusive tracks via the Decibel Flexi Series,and Obituary will soon join them, recording a flexi track that will appear in the annual Decibel Tour issue of the magazine that hits stands March 2017.
Tickets for the Decibel Magazine Tour on March 24th at Club Red are available at PsykoSteve.com!