It’s here. The newest long playing record by Boston’s own Air Traffic Controller is Echo Papa, and it’s now available for your listening pleasure. After years of evolving the band’s lineup, singer and songwriter Dave Munro has put together a killer band, including co-singer/songwriter Casey Sullivan, and they’ve spent the last couple of years touring, writing, recording, and generally reaching new creative and commercial heights. We can only expect that trend to continue with Echo Papa, an album that takes a more organic, somewhat rootsy approach to its songs, while never straying far from the pop ethos upon which Air Traffic Controller was built. Listen to the first single, “After Party,” below.
Air Traffic Controller has teamed up with Cause Mobile Wallet to offer a free download of a new song, “It’s You.” Cause Mobile Wallet is a new service that enables users to send money, as with PayPal or Venmo, but a percentage of the transfer goes to a selected charity − at no cost to the user. Sign up to try out the service for the download from Air Traffic Controller. The indie/pop/rock band is currently prepping the release of their new LP Echo Papa, which will include the new track.
UPDATE: Air Traffic Controller has released “After Party,” the first single from the new album. Here it is:
We love it when good pop music comes together. Colliding on tour right now are two of our longtime favorites, Bronze Radio Return and Air Traffic Controller. Avid OurStagers might recall Bronze Radio Return from their inclusion in our new music web series The Panel, or perhaps from the many other times they won competitions and appeared on our charts. Similarly, Air Traffic Controller earned a spotlight feature on MTV.com and have racked up more than a dozen Top 10 chart placements. Both bands have been blowing up over the past couple of years, garnering well-deserved national attention as they cross the country. If you’re in the northeast United States, you can and SHOULD catch them together right now:
(Bronze Radio Return ONLY, no ATC)
World Cafe Live
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.