The mighty Air Traffic Controller juggernaut rolls on, bringing the band and their music closer and closer to every single American music lover with some exciting recent developments. Firstly, the band is hitting the road once again, this time in support of Arizona’s Jared & The Mill. Here are those dates:
11/23 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
11/24 – Ortliebs – Philadelphia, PA
11/27 – Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. – Purcellville, VA
11/28 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA
11/29 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
11/30 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
12/2 – The Cave – Toronto, ON
12/3 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
12/5 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
12/6 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
12/7 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Furthermore! If you’re not in any of those areas, you can cozy up to the Bose audio display at your nearest Best Buy or Target and get a load of the band in the video Bose produced for them, as they perform their song “You Know Me.” Or, uh, you can just watch it right here:
Excited to alert you to this stellar new track from Air Traffic Controller, who we keep telling you about. A reliably catchy pop rock band, to be sure. But they’ve just debuted a song called “On The Wire,” which feels like a big artistic leap for the band, if not the mark of a whole new direction. This sonically adventurous song finds frontman Dave Monroe stepping back in favor of Casey Sullivan, whose lead vocal elevates the whole production. And a hell of a production it is, by longtime collaborator Bleu, who also co-wrote. Must-hear:
CMJ Music Marathon is upon us. Let’s talk about it, shall we? The long-running music conference and showcasepalooza takes place in New York City and its boroughs, October 21-25. It’s not easy to span the city in time to catch all the acts performing, but damn it if it isn’t fun to try.
This year will see the return of the Outlaw Roadshow, put on by Counting Crows‘ Adam Duritz in conjunction with the Ryan’s Smashing Life blog. The traveling showcase – no badges required! – has been a popular feature of the big fests from Austin to NY and features some of the best underground music in the country. If you hit this one, you’ll catch sets from our friends Mean Creek and Air Traffic Controller, as well as Hallelujah The Hills, Christian McNeil & Sea Monsters, Corin Ashley (occasionally of The Pills), and many more.
Here are a few more to check out:
We’ll have some more recommendations to come, no doubt.
#TTTATC is a “go.” Our former Artist Of The Week Air Traffic Controller is capping off this summer by hitting the road with The Tragic Thrills. The two bands will spend their August crossing the U.S. and spreading their message of melodicism and excellence. ATC are promoting their new single, “The House.” Watch the trailer below, and see tour dates below that.
Tour Dates with The Tragic Thrills:
Sat 02 Seattle, WA – Barboza’s (21+)
Mon 04 Reno, NV – Singer Social Club (21+)
Wed 06 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (AA)
Thu 07 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg HiFi (21+)
Fri 08 Phoenix, AZ – Electric Ballroom (AA)
Sat 09 Las Vegas, NV – Container Park (AA)
Sun 10 Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock (AA)
Mon 11 Denver, CO – Lost Lake (21+)
Wed 13 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace (18+)
Thu 14 Austin, TX – Holy Mountain (AA)
Fri 15 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio (AA)
Sat 16 Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar (AA)
Sun 17 Little Rock, AR – Rev Room (AA)
Tue 19 St. Louis, MO – The Demo (AA)
Wed 20 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern (AA)
Thu 21 Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe (AA)
Fri 22 Arlington, VA – IOTA Club (21+)
Sat 23 New York – Mercury Lounge (21+)
Sun 24 Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge (21+)
Tue 26 Boston, MA – Great Scott (18+)
Air Traffic Controller are just plain catchy. There’s no fighting that. If you’re looking for comparisons, the pop majesty of ELO with hints of Vampire Weekend‘s Paul-Simonization of modern indie rock come to mind (their track “Pick Me Up” lifts a rhythm straight from “Graceland” to great effect). But we think that combination produces a sound that’s all ATC, and the band’s new animated video for “Pick Me Up” is just further proof. It’s not easy to do the animation/live-action combo this well, and on a budget to boot, but it works in so many ways. Check it out below, and catch the band at this year’s SXSW. (more…)
Our latest Artist of the Week is Air Traffic Controller, a Boston-based pop-rock group that takes their name from frontman Dave Munro‘s stint in the US Navy as, well, an air traffic controller. Citing as a musical foundation the formidable trio of Petty, McCartney, and Springsteen, Munro and his band – including his brother Richie Munro, Steve Scott, and Casey Sullivan – expand those classic pop sensibilities into a lush orchestral wave of sound. They are often accompanied live by a string section (Alison Shipton, violin, and Kiara Perico, viola) to better represent their unique and instantly appealing sound.
ATC compliment their expansive sonic prowess with lyrical insight. In our review of their 2012 LP, NORDO, we observed:
Air Traffic Controller relates the narratives of an average life with such exuberant grandiosity that even the most monotonous aspects of a normal day seem worth celebration. As Munro sings, Sometimes you don’t know if it’s real / Or just some kind of magic show / So all you can do / Is pretend it’s all true. For Air Traffic Controller, it’s that type of magical belief in the splendor of every little moment that makes life not just bearable, but meaningful.
Now that album is getting a deluxe re-release for 2014, featuring new songs and remixes, as the band embarks on a quick tour of the UK before returning home to continue work on a follow-up LP. Check out the tour dates after the jump, along with the video for “Hurry Hurry,” an indie pop anthem that will get a UK single release on December 6th and will be heard on MTV’s Scrubbing In on 11/21.