alternative country


Will Hoge Heads to Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Nashville rocker Will Hoge is set to make his late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tues., Jan. 10 at 11:00P CT/12:00A ET.  He will perform “Too Old To Die Young” from his seventh studio album, NUMBER SEVEN.

Critics are praising NUMBER SEVEN, calling it “a rich, textured album”- (3 1/2 stars) Chicago Sun-Times.

The Mavericks to reunite at Stagecoach 2012

The aptly named Mavericks, whose brand of genre-busting country won them Grammys as well as Academy of Country and Country Music Association awards in the ’90s, not to mention critical acclaim and legions of fans, will reunite for the first time since their 2003 dissolution for an appearance at the Stagecoach Festival to be held April 27-29, 2012 in Indio, Calif.
 

SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD at Fox Theatre | 01.15.12

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Split Lip Rayfield at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, January 15th, 2012.  Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, October 21st for $10.00 in advance and $15.00 day of show.

Polly Parsons and Gram Parsons Foundation Announce Launch of Gram Parsons Official Website

Thanks to the efforts of Gram's daughter, Polly Parsons via The Gram Parsons Foundation, supporters and fans now have an online destination for everything Gram Parsons; from music to photographs, from videos to social networking. Due to an overwhelming demand, The Gram Parsons Official Website was set up to honor Gram, often noted as the pioneer of "country rock,” as an iconic musical trailblazer.

The Devil Makes Three 2011 Spring/Summer Tour

The Devil Makes Three returns to the West Coast and announce the recording of a new live album over two nights in Petaluma and a very special show in Pozo, CA opening for country legend Dwight Yoakam.

The Devil Makes Three's true power must be experienced live - check out the bands' appearance on the first season of the successful IFC series Dinner With the Band, four live songs on the always great Daytrotter and "Aces and Twos" - the lovely black & white video created from still photographs.

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The Devil Makes Three Live

Apr 21 - Harlow's - Sacramento, CA
Apr 22 - Arcata Community Center - Arcata, CA
Apr 23 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
Apr 24 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
Apr 27 - Crown Room @ Crystal Bay Club Casino - Crystal Bay, NV
Apr 28 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Apr 29 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 30 - Pozo Salon - Pozo, CA
w/ Dwight Yoakam
May 1 - Cellar Door - Visalia, CA
May 5 - Caspar Inn - Caspar, CA
May 6 - Mystic Theater - Petaluma, CA
Recorded for DM3 live record
May 7 - NPR West Coast Live - San Francisco, CA
May 7 - Mystic Theater - Petaluma, CA
Recorded for DM3 live record
May 8 - Domino Room - Bend, OR
May 9 - The Bouquet - Boise, ID
May 10 - The Top Hat - Missoula, MT
May 11 - Emerson Cultural Center - Bozeman, MT
May 13 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
May 15 - The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
May 16 - Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH
May 17 - The Lizard Lounge - Lancaster, PA
May 18 -Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
Aug 6 - Petaluma Music Festival - Petaluma, CA

The Shivers Heading Out on Tour This Spring!

On May 10th, The Shivers will return with their latest record More, set for release on Silence Breaks. Recorded in Manchester, UK early last year, the album finds Queens, NY songwriters Keith Zarriello and Jo Schornikow exploring everything from shambly garage rock to melancholic barroom ballads. In honor of the band’s new album, the band has made “Used to Be” available for free download. Check out the track HERE. The band will also be heading out on a west coast tour starting in early May that will be capped off with a New York homecoming at Mercury Lounge on May 29th. See full tour dates below.
Using every dime they’d saved, Zarriello and Schornikow traveled to Manchester in Spring of 2010 to record their latest record in an entirely analog studio. Over five days, the two worked tirelessly, fleshing out the tracks they had worked on in the small church in Queens where the band practices. The end result was More, an album that runs the gamut of American rock ’n’ roll, delving into everything from gritty Lou-Reed-inspired rock to the swaggering soul of Nina Simone. Starting with the brief piano elegy “My Mouth is for Love,” More segues quickly into “Irrational Love,” a bouncy organ-driven rock track with a chorus that sounds like it was plucked from 1966. The album teeters between the upbeat pop of tracks like “Used to Be” and “I Want You Back” to the heartsick, Leonard-Cohen-inspired ballads like “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars” and “Love Is In The Air.” The album closes with the record’s title track “More,” a slow-building confessional that serves the record’s triumphant last call. It’s an apt end for a record that sounds like an apologetic love note, written on barroom cocktail napkin.
Hailing from Queens, NY, Keith Zarriello began writing music as The Shivers started back in 2001 and has spent the last ten years mining the depths of American rock, developing a songwriting style that ranges from earnest, heartbroken ballads to ’60s garage rock revival. In 2004, Zarrellio released Charades, which featured the much lauded track “Beauty,” which earned universal praise from the likes of Pitchfork and The Guardian, and would end up being named Gorilla Vs Bear’s thirteenth best song of the decade. The album also caught the ear of an Australian, classically-trained church organist named Jo Schornikow, who joined the band as a full-time member that year. Adding counterpoint of beauty with her piano and keyboard flutters, The Shivers spent the next six years touring aggressively in the U.S. and the U.K., and releasing a grand total of four albums, leading up to the ultimate release of More this year.
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The Shivers Tour Dates:
05/04: San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
05/06: Ashland, OR @ Culture Works
05/07: Portland, OR @ Backspace
05/10: Moscow, ID @ John’s Alley
05/11: Hailey, ID @ Sun Valley Brew
05/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
05/14: Las Vegas, NV @ The Las Vegas Country Saloon
05/15: Fullerton, CA @ Commonwealth Lounge
05/19: San Diego, CA @ Habitat House
05/20: San Diego, CA @ Eleven
05/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
05/29: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
06/10: Fredericksburg, VA @ Read All Over Bookstore
06/15: New Haven, CT @ BAR