We are very excited to announce that JetPack’s Pete Donnelly will be joining Grammy winning artist Shelby Lynne on her upcoming tour, which starts in May. Pete co-wrote a pair of songs on Shelby’s upcoming album, I Can’t Imagine, including the title track, “I Can’t Imagine,” and “Better.” The album is due out on Rounder Records on May 5. Read an interview with Shelby about the album at Rolling Stone.
As New York City’s “martini cowboy” Jack Grace embarks on a West Coast tour, including dates with Austin music legend Jon Dee Graham, he’s offering a sneak peek at the first video from his upcoming album.
The track is called “Kanye West (I Hear That You’re the Best)” and Jack admits that it comes with a little baggage. “If all goes well, Kanye will get mad and threaten us, or better yet take a swing at me. It’s nice for songs to have goals. This one happens to have a few extra,” he says.
The new song is from Jack’s upcoming album, Everything I Say Is a Lie, produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel — the venerable roots-rock producer and founding member of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and the Del-Lords. Norah Jones guests on two of the songs. Jack toured with Norah’s band Puss N’ Boots in the fall of ’14 while he was fronting his popular Van Halen tribute band, Van Hayride.
Jack’s tour dates:
Sat., Feb. 14 — Los Angeles, CA @ Room 5 Lounge (9 pm; $10)
Sun., Feb. 15 — San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah w/ Jon Dee Graham and Mike June (8 pm; $10 adv., $12 door)
Tue., Feb. 17 — Portland, OR @ Laurel Thirst (9 pm)
Wed., Feb. 18 — Seattle, WA @ High Dive w/ Megasapien, Big Bad, James Anaya (9 pm; $6)
Thur., Feb. 19 — Bellingham, WA @ The Green Frog w/ Jon Dee Graham and Mike June (7:30 pm; $10)
Fri., Feb. 20 — Portland, OR @ White Eagle Saloon w/ Marca Luna and Matt Lande (9 pm; $8)
Sat., Feb. 21 — Cottage Grove, OR @ The Axe & Fiddle (8:30 pm; $5)
Sun., Feb. 22 — San Francisco, CA @ 50 Mason Social House (8 pm)
Tue, Feb. 24 — San Francisco, CA @ House Show
Fri., Feb. 27 — Brooklyn, NY @ Hill Country Brooklyn (8 pm)
Sat., Feb. 28 — Brooklyn, NY @ 68 Jay St. Bar (10 pm)
As New York City’s Blockhouses embark on a Northeast tour with the Figgs, they’ve also released a brand new single, the super-catchy “One More Time to Get Home” b/w “Little Sweetie.” Download it here.
Blockhouses guitarist Guy Lyons was the lead guitarist of The Figgs back in the day, and he’ll join them on stage at the following dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Figgs’ classic album, Lo Fi at Society High.
With a batch of new tunes — and a stable of old classics — Guy Lyons formed Blockhouses in 2013 with bassist Christopher Peifer. New drummer Jim Balga rounds out the lineup. The guys share a mutual love for bare-bones rock and roll — from the Ramones to the blistering pop-punk of today.
Fri., Dec. 12 — NYC, NY @ The Bowery Electric w/ The Figgs
Sat., Dec. 13 — Cambridge, MA @ Lizard Lounge w/ The Figgs
Fri., Dec. 19 — Albany, NY @ The Low Beat w/ the Figgs
Sat., Dec. 20 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den w/ the Figgs
A burning piece of newsprint and a forlorn nighttime walk across the Williamsburgh Bridge set the tone for “Oh Brother,” the haunting new video and single from singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan. It’s a raw, heartfelt song about how blood is not always thicker than water.
“The song is a stream-of-conscious reflection on my relationship with my brother and very close friends that I’ve let fade into strangers,” says Roohan. “The video came about when I met Lindsey Copeland, the filmmaker, at one of my shows in New York. ‘Oh Brother’ really resonated with her because of a recent falling out with a friend who was like family to her. I surrendered the creative direction of the video to her entirely and I think we both agree that it yielded a fun, creative collaboration.”
“Oh Brother” is the follow up to Roohan’s full-length Skin and Bone album (Fake Chapter Records) released earlier this year. The single is available on major download and streaming sites, including iTunes and Amazon.
MARYLEIGH ON TOUR IN DECEMBER:
Wed., Dec. 10 – Duluth, GA @ Red Clay Theater w/ Chris Pureka
Fri., Dec. 12 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook w/ Chris Pureka
Sat., Dec. 13 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java w/ Chris Pureka
Sun., Dec. 14 – Indiana, PA @ The Brown Hotel w/ Chris Pureka
Tues., Dec. 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ with Chris Pureka
Wed., Dec. 17 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub w/ Chris Pureka
Thurs., Dec. 18 – Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim w/ Chris Pureka
Fri., Dec. 19 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall w/ Chris Pureka
Wed., Dec. 31 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ First Night Saratoga 2015
“American Town,” the striking new single from New Jersey songwriter Pete Donnelly, which appears on his EP by the same name, is a heartfelt rocker exploring issues related to inequality and the American dream. The song represents somewhat of a departure for Donnelly, who’s known for writing pop-driven and personal tunes as a solo artist and in his long-running rock and roll outfit the Figgs.
“I feel like this song wrote itself, but it’s a song based in the tradition of protest songs and folk music,” says Donnelly. “I was trying to find the identity of the Americans who feel under attack—which appears to be everybody these days. We feel like we’re supposed to be in an era of progress, but sometimes it feels like we’re in an era of regression. As far as race, economy and class, there are very few people who don’t feel abandoned or underrepresented in some way.”
Although written and released in the wake of the shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Donnelly says the song isn’t based on any one singular event. Rather, like British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe’s classic tune “The Rose of England,” it’s a song filled with conflicting feelings toward your country—a place you can love while still calling attention to its flaws.
“It’s a critical song but it’s not an anti-American song,” Donnelly says. “To be critical of your country is to be caring of it. For me, the song is a reflection of what I’m seeing. It seems like there’s so little protest music right now, and there’s so much to criticize. People have to make their voices heard.”
The song appears on the seven-track American Town EP, available now. The rest of the EP is an eclectic mix, incorporating influences from Afropop to R&B, and it includes the light-hearted kiss-off song “So Long,” featuring backup vocals from Shelby Lynne.
Pete Donnelly has played with everyone from Tommy Stinson (Replacements, Guns & Roses) to Soul Asylum and Graham Parker during his solo career and as bass player for the Figgs. He also spent several years as a member of the legendary NRBQ.
“If you know Pete Donnelly, it’s likely as a member of one of the world’s best rock bands, the Figgs. But Donnelly has always had a lot going on outside of that, including a career as a solo artist that started over a decade ago…”—Boston Globe