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Here We Go Magic Announce North American Spring Tour

Here We Go Magic are hitting the road once again bringing their electric show to audiences across the US. They'll be joined by Brooklyn cohorts Cavemen in the lead up to their debut Coachella performance.

This is a band with a live show like none other, once you've seen them there is no going back.

The tour is in support of The January EP. The EP's six tracks complete the songwriting cycle that Here We Go Magic began in an upstate New York farm house upon the commencement of their critically-acclaimed sophomore LP Pigeons (2010, Secretly Canadian). The band's signature mix of swirling guitars, krautrock grooves, pulsing synths, and hushed chants provide a foundation for these otherworldly songs.

"Hands in the Sky" (download link below) is a ghostly number that showcases vocalist Luke Temple's lyrical pedigree, his words pushed forward in lockstep with a band heaven-bent on window dressing your headspace like a cosmos for the 20 minutes they've got your attention. At the center of the EP lies what Here We Go Magic does best, a dichotomy between eerie folk sounds and driving art rock. The jangly back-and-forth between the guitars of Michael Bloch and Temple form the backbone to "Song In Three," the yin to Pigeons standout "Collector"'s yang. Cyclical in its instrumentation and lyrics, the spooky lullaby "Hollywood" climaxes with a mantra that wouldn't have been out of place on the band's 2009 self-titled release. The January EP was produced by Jen Turner and recorded live to analog tape in a band-built living room studio.

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North American Tour Dates

03.29.11 - Columbus, OH - Black Box on Mershon Stage - Mershon Auditorium at Ohio State University w/ Super Desserts   
03.30.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio w/ Tammar, Red Light Driver    
03.31.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon w/ Icarus Himself
04.01.11 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival - The Mill w/ Dark Dark Dark, Pillars & Tongues, Skye Carrasco    
04.15.11 - San Diego, CA - The Loft at UC San Diego w/ Cuckoo Chaos
04.16.11 - Indio, CA Coachella
05.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
05.04.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.05.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05.06.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon w/ tune-yards, Buke and Gass
05.07.11 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.09.11 - Chicaco, IL - Schuba’s
05.10.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot
05.11.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
05.12.11 - Montréal, QC - Club Lambi
05.13.11 -  South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge
05.14.11 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.16.11 Washington DC - Red Palace  *
05.17.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506  *
05.18.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl  *
05.19.11 - Nashville, TN - The Basement *
05.20.11 - Pensacola, FL  - Handlebar  *
05.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar *
05.23.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
05.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
05.25.11 - Austin, TX The Parish *
*With Caveman

Blair Announces Feb/Mar Tour With Say Hi

Brooklyn-based artist Blair has announced new tour dates in support of Say Hi this February and March. The lengthy jaunt will launch February 18th at Neurolux in Boise, ID and wrap up March 30th at The Media Club in Vancouver, BC. The tour includes a hometown show on March 7th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, as well as two dates during this year's SXSW festival. Blair's debut full-length Die Young was released early last year by Autumn Tone Records.

Die Young is a winsome mix of dreamy, hazy indie pop influenced by Blair's love for '90s FM radio (think Beck and Nirvana) and the records spun on her mother's turntable (like Bob Dylan and Neil Young) while growing up in New Orleans, LA. The album was written - in both her hometown and Los Angeles, CA - and re-recorded over the course of five years. The songs were finally laid to tape in New Orleans using both traditional studios and makeshift home setups, with the help of producer Keith Ferguson and a host of musician friends filling out the parts.

As her airy vocals tell stories of heartache, daydreams and memories, throughout the album Blair shows herself to be a nimble musician and songwriter with an innate sense of sumptuous melody. Whether the angular guitar pop of opener "Rampage," the sweetly yearning "Hearts" (listen/download here), the sprightly whimsy of "Hello Halo," the '60s girl-group swing of "Paris France," or the soaring, lush "Wolfboy" (listen/download here), it's easy to understand why PasteMagazine.com gave her its 'Best Of What's Next' label and why Muzzle Of Bees declared Die Young "...a pop album for this generation...one of the year's most promising surprises."

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Blair tour dates (all in support of Say Hi):

FEB. 17 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX

FEB. 18 SALT LAKE CITY, UT KILBY COURT

FEB. 19 DENVER, CO HI DIVE

FEB. 20 LAWRENCE, KS JACKPOT SALOON

FEB. 21 OMAHA, NE SLOWDOWN

FEB. 22 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7TH STREET ENTRY

FEB. 23 MADISON, WI HIGH NOON SALOON

FEB. 25 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL

FEB. 26 BLOOMINGTON, IN VIDEO SALOON

FEB. 27 NEWPORT, KY SOUTHGATE HOUSE

FEB. 28 COLUMBUS, OH SKULLY'S

MAR. 1 PONTIAC, MI PIKE ROOM AT CROFOOT

MAR. 2 CLEVELAND, OH GROG SHOP

MAR. 3 BUFFALO, NY MOHAWK PLACE

MAR. 4 TORONTO, ON EL MOCAMBO

MAR. 5 MONTREAL, QC CASA DEL POPOLO

MAR. 6 BOSTON, MA MIDDLE EAST (Downstairs)

MAR. 7 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM

MAR. 8 PHILADELPHIA, PA JOHNNY BRENDA'S

MAR. 9 WASHINGTON, DC BLACK CAT BACKSTAGE

MAR. 10 ASHEVILLE, NC THE GREY EAGLE

MAR. 11 ATLANTA, GA THE EARL

MAR. 12 ORLANDO, FL BACKBOOTH

MAR. 13 TAMPA, FL CROWBAR

MAR. 14 TALLAHASSEE, FL CLUB DOWNUNDER

MAR. 16 HOUSTON, TX FITZGERALD'S (Downstairs)

MAR. 17 AUSTIN, TX SXSW

MAR. 18 AUSTIN, TX SXSW

MAR. 19 DALLAS, TX THE LOFT

MAR. 22 PHOENIX, AZ THE RHYTHM ROOM

MAR. 23 TUCSON, AZ PLUSH

MAR. 24 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH

MAR. 25 LOS ANGELES, CA THE ECHO

MAR. 26 SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL

MAR. 28 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS

MAR. 29 VICTORIA, BC LUCKY BAR

MAR. 30 VANCOUVER, BC THE MEDIA CLUB

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY | STAY GOLD

JFJO celebrated Record Store Day this weekend with a limited edition 7-inch release of "The Sensation Of Seeing Light," which also served as a sneak peak into the quartet's sprawling new album, Stay Gold, that is due on June 22 on CD, Double Gatefold Vinyl and mp3. If you collect wax, it's not too late to track down the single at your favorite indie record stores.

Upcoming JFJO dates are:

June 12 | OK Mozart Festival | Bartlesville, OK
June 16 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
June 17 | Rochester International Jazz Festival | Rochester, NY
June 18 | Chris' Jazz Cafe | Philadelphia, PA
June 19 | 92Y Tribeca | New York, NY
June 22 | Mill Hill Saloon | Trenton, NJ
June 23 | Parima | Burlington, VT
June 24 & 25 | Outpost 186 | Cambridge, MA
June 26 | Mass Moca | North Adams, MA
July 9 | Festival Lent | Maribor, Slovenia