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Ursa Minor Announces New Release & Show

Fronted and founded by New York singer/writer Michelle Casillas, Ursa Minor has become a mainstay in NYC’s indie rock scene. The band delivers a timeless mix of vocal driven pop-rock with a primal rhythmic undercurrent; sharp and urban, broad and free.
Ursa Minor’s debut LP Silent Moving Picture was released by Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, on Smells Like Records. It was a deep and darker picture, slow bumps in the night and big spaces, featuring Casillas’ swampy electric piano and shuddering vocals. Ursa Minor is a band of improvisers, grown from downtown roots. Over many years of live performances and writing, they have pursued their artistic bent without compromise, and coincidentally become a source of naturally catching melodies and themes of a broader life.
From Beaconpass: “This Spring will see the arrival of Ursa Minor’s follow up, SHOWFACE.  The sound is often bigger, louder, more pugnacious: this is the sound of a band playing whatever turns them on. Live, Ursa Minor has been known to take the Violent Femmes' sweet ballad "Please Do Not Go" and turn it into a smoldering reggae slow jam, somewhere between Blondie's version of "The Tide is High" and Patti Smith's "Birdland."  Singer Michelle Casillas and her band can wring every drop of feeling out of a song, whether it's loud or lowdown, sweet or seething.” Many of their peers, some of New York’s most celebrated innovators, are often spotted at their shows, including Norah Jones, Marc Ribot, Joan As Police Woman, and Bill Frisell.
SHOWFACE (Anthemusa Records) was produced by Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, SexMob, Norah Jones, Lounge Lizards, Feist), who is also featured on guitar. Bass whiz Rob Jost (Imogen Heap, Bjork) and NY heavy hitter Robert DiPietro (Norah Jones, Josh Rouse) equally create the sound, contribute songs of great depth and strength, and sing harmony. Special guests include Chris Brown (Joan As Police Woman, Barenaked Ladies, Abrams Brothers) on organ, and Jim Campilongo (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) and Teddy Kumpel (Rickie Lee Jones) on guitars.
Ursa Minor kicks off their new release, SHOWFACE, at NYC’s Joe's Pub, Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30pm!

My Morning Jacket Share New Track: "Holdin On To Black Metal"

Less than two weeks after My Morning Jacket treated fans to a download of the title track from Circuital (ATO Records; May 31st), the band is sharing another track off their upcoming album.  Head over to My Morning Jacket’s Facebook page to listen to the new song “Holdin On To Black Metal.”  The song will be also available for purchase tomorrow, April 26th, on iTunes and Amazon.

The guys are also proud to announce a special hometown show at the historic Louisville Palace Theater on Circuital’s release date, May 31st.  Pre-sale tickets are available 4/26 at 12:00 noon through the band's fan club: Roll Call. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders go on sale 4/27 with the general public on sale on 4/29 at Ticketmaster.com, and $1 from every ticket sold will go to benefit The Center for Women and Families.  Fans are also encouraged to bring a pre-loved backpack to donate to Blessings in a Backpack.  Click HERE to preorder the album at the band’s website, which includes the option to purchase a special deluxe edition.  “Holdin On To Black Metal” is the latest example of My Morning Jacket’s perpetual drive to experiment with new ideas.  The track features a chorus of female backing singers and horns, creating a thrilling backdrop for Jim James’ mystical vocals.

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Circuital Track List:

Victory Dance
Circuital
The Day is Coming
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
Outta My System
Holdin On To Black Metal
First Light
You Wanna Freak Out
Slow Slow Tune
Movin Away

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My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:

05/20:  Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival

05/31:  Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater

06/02-06/05:  Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Festival

06/05:  Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam

06/09-06/12:  Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival

06/16:  Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater

06/17:  Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

06/22:  Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre

06/24: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre

06/26:  Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

06/28:  Portland, OR @ Edgefield

06/29:  Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum

06/30-07/03:  Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival

07/11:  Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus

07/12:  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

07/16: Southwold  @ Latitude Festival

07/17: London  @ Somerset House

08/04:  Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

08/05-08/13:  Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival