It’s not as though Chris Pureka has been sitting around baking bread or indulging in a lost weekend. In fact, as we once noted, she’s been something of a road warrior over the past few years. So it’s a surprise to realize that she hasn’t released an album since 2010’s How I Learned To See In The Dark. It’s cause for celebration, then, that she’s just released her sixth album, entitled Back In The Ring. You can call it a comeback, if you like; as the title track’s lyrics reveal, Pureka seems to be emerging from some dark place, determined and at the top of her game. NPR has the single here. And below is one of our favorite older tracks, “Wrecking Ball.”
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:
Chiptune maestros I Fight Dragons, who previously won our MTV ‘Needle In The Haystack’ search, as well as our ‘VMA Best Breakout – Chicago’ with their song “Heads Up, Hearts Down,” are heading out on tour this fall and have added new dates. You won’t find a band doing chiptune with original pop songs this fantastic. Catch them if you can. Click the image below for more info.
Darlingside is bringing their ethereal indie folk westward for a tour in advance of their new album, which is due September 18th. The album will be titled Birds Say and it’s the band’s second studio effort, following 2012’s Pilot Machines and last year’s split EP (with Heather Maloney) concert LP Live At The Loft, recorded in Portsmouth, NH. After the release, the band will be back on the East Coast for another run that will last through October and will see the band opening for the great Patty Griffin. See the full itinerary here.
The band released a trailer for the new album, featuring enough lovely footage from their recording sessions to mesmerize a studio geek such as myself.
Here’s the full version of the song featured in the trailer, released just yesterday:
Singer-songwriter Katie Cole is from Australia, lives in Nashville, and works in Los Angeles, but this month, she’s out on the road with none other than Smashing Pumpkins. Katie is opening for the band on what’s being billed as an acoustic-electro tour, happening now through June 25th. She is also apparently sitting in on bass with the Pumpkins on some of their songs.
Katie Cole’s newest album is Lay It All Down. Watch the video for “(We Started A) Fire” below.
‘In Plainsong’ Tour:
While they gear up for the US leg of their tour to promote their new LP Talking Is Hard, Walk The Moon has just been announced as part of the stellar lineup for this fall’s Boston Calling festival. Though just a few years ago an indie rock band making its way to the top of the charts here on OurStage, Walk The Moon is currently ruling the airwaves with the hit “Shut Up And Dance.” The success of that single makes them one of the most highly anticipated artists to feature at what looks to be the best bill yet for the young, biannual Boston Calling. The festival will be held on Boston’s City Hall Plaza from September 25-27.
Other big names on the fest this year include Alabama Shakes, Avett Brothers, Of Monsters And Men, Hozier, and two acts championed early and often by our sister sites AmazingTunes.com and AmazingRadio.com: Chvrches and Alt-J.
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On March 23rd, San Francisco’s dream-synth-pop masters Geographer released their newest LP, Ghost Modern. OurStagers have known Geographer since we told you about them back in 2009, and they’ve only surpassed themselves with each release since then. Next month, the band will cross North America with empires and Idle Hands. Check out the album here, and see below for tour dates:
Jesse Terry is a man on the move. In the past couple of years, after extensive touring in the U.S., he’s made a few surgical strikes overseas, bringing his intimate style of Americana to the UK, eastern Europe, and New Zealand. Now he has set his sights on Italy and will play seven dates across the country starting April 10th (plus a quick stopover in Switzerland, where he will play a return gig at Basel). See the dates below.
And just this week, Terry announced the big news that he’s been added to the Club Stage at the Bonnaroo Festival, which takes place in Manchester, TN, in June. Check here for all the upcoming dates, including a U.S. tour this spring with Rebecca Loebe.
Delta Rae was a relatively new and still-evolving band when they joined OurStage and earned the opportunity to open for Hanson way back in 2010. Since then, they’ve blown up to headlining status, signed a record deal, and are now releasing their second full-length album, After It All. This LP showcases an increasingly rare thing – a band that came together organically, and was given time and room to grow into a unique hybrid of roots-pop, with their classic rock influences shining through a meticulously modern production. Click the album cover to order it now.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is now officially just Lady Lamb. While we will always silently add “the Beekeeper” in our minds, we understand the move, considering “Lady Lamb” has become the shorthand anyway.
Whatever she’s called, Aly Spaltro, continues to amaze with her deep, dense lyrics, her commanding voice, her aching melodies, and her adventurous production. All of this is on display on her newest album After, which is available now in the US. Europe will have to wait until June 19 to get their copies.
Catch her on tour: