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April 2019

01 April

03 April

Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods – Bootleg Bar (LA, CA)


The multiple JUNO Award and Polaris Music Prize nominee follows a stellar 2018 with a new tour with his band, The Opposition. Woods’ poetic storytelling and charming live chops have led to over 81 million Spotify streams, as well as having his songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, and Charles Kelley. American Songwriter praises the recently released Live At Southern Ground Studios, saying it “capture[s] Woods’ soulful passion, studied craftsmanship and ace band.”

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03 April

Dillon Carmichael

Dillon Carmichael – Grand Ole Opry (Nashville)


The Kentucky native, praised by the New York Times, FADER, Rolling Stone Country, and more, plays with the Opry band. Pandora recently named Carmichael one of its Country Artists to Watch in 2019: “Armed with a distinctive baritone voice and fiercely protective of the country tradition of his influences Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Carmichael can rock with the best of them.”

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04 April

Guster

Guster – Cannery Ballroom (Nashville)


The storied band headlines a North American tour behind the moody and layered new album, Look Alive (Nettwerk/Ocho Mule). Along with their classic cuts, the group will also bring to life the “cold sounds” of their new record, a sound beautifully captured in the stark and haunting title track NPR Music calls “one of Guster’s most musically sparkling pop songs.”

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04 April

The Dip

The Dip – Moroccan Lounge (LA, CA)


The Seattle soul septet and “one of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years” (KEXP) tours behind new album The Dip Delivers (2/8 via AWAL). Known throughout the Pacific Northwest for their lively shows, the electrifying seven-piece is grounded by a driving rhythm section and the impeccably crisp lines of the “Honeynut Horns.”

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04 April

Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla – Lincoln Center (NYC)


The New Orleans singer and songwriter plays music from her Haitian and protest-inspired latest album, The Capitalist Blues (PIAS), with her band. McCalla, who counts the New York Times, Vogue, NPR and more as fans, has toured with Rhiannon Giddens and performed multiple times at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as an event co-hosted by Solange to benefit the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.

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05 April

PJ Morton

PJ Morton – The Shed (NYC)


After winning a GRAMMY and selling out his first headlining Kennedy Center performance, the busiest man in R&B launches both Steve McQueen's “Soundtrack of America series” and Manhattan's groundbreaking new arts space with this already sold-out performance.

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05 April

Matt Simons

Matt Simons/ ‘After The Landslide’/ AWAL


The Brooklyn-based pop prodigy – half a billion streams, over a million single download sales, 10 million Shazams, Top 5 on AAA radio, and more – releases his most ambitious record. The multi-instrumentalist pairs piano-rooted melodies with a bigger sound, yet with more stark lyrics, this is also his most direct and most personal album yet.

Contact: Mikaela Duhs

05 April

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters/ ‘Rise Sun’/ Tape Time Records


In a break from past tradition, the bluegrass quintet, whose last album won the 2018 GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album, conceived this new album’s track listing before recording, creating a compelling narrative that flows across these 13 songs. Introduced by the high-energy, banjo-powered title-track and culminating with the heartfelt send-off “Truth and Love,” the record sails into uncharted territory — moored by the group's expressive patchwork of rock, jazz, funk, country and old-time.

Contact: Olivia Del Valle

05 April

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields & The Expressions/ ‘It Rains Love’/ Big Crown Records


The 68-year-old Godfather of the New York Soul Revival and “the coolest mother****er to sing words into a microphone” (Vice) celebrates his 50+-year career with an enthralling new album. The Expressions and producer Leon Michels (Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé & Jay Z) once again join Fields, who shares odes to domestic bliss (“It Rains Love”), conga-fueled funk (“A Promise Is A Promise”) and more.

Contact: Greg Jakubik

05 April

Mt. Joy

Mt. Joy – Teragram Ballroom (LA, CA)


Building on their whirlwind 2018 – from relative unknowns to late-night TV and 55+ million Spotify plays – the “fast and furious 21st-century success story” (Magnet) tours as a part of a North American winter tour. In little more than two years as a band, the band released their self-titled debut to praise from NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Billboard and more; performed on Conan, CBS Saturday and Last Call with Carson Daly; sold out back-to-back headlining shows in NYC; and racked up over 1.5 million monthly listeners.

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06 April

Prateek Kuhad

Prateek Kuhad – Rough Trade (Brooklyn, NY)


The Indian singer-songwriter’s already incredible global journey includes teaching himself guitar on a $20 knock-off "Givson" in New Delhi, falling in love with Elliot Smith’s music as an NYU student, winning the 2017 International Songwriter Competition, and recording the cold/mess EP in Nashville with session musicians who've backed Willie Nelson, Cage The Elephant, and more. Kuhad returns to the US for a headlining tour following his sold-out first American tour last fall.

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08 April

Prateek Kuhad

Prateek Kuhad – Mercury Lounge (NYC)


The Indian singer-songwriter’s already incredible global journey includes teaching himself guitar on a $20 knock-off "Givson" in New Delhi, falling in love with Elliot Smith’s music as an NYU student, winning the 2017 International Songwriter Competition, and recording the cold/mess EP in Nashville with session musicians who've backed Willie Nelson, Cage The Elephant, and more. Kuhad returns to the US for a headlining tour following his sold-out first American tour last fall.

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08 April

09 April

Neyla Pekarek

Neyla Pekarek – Joe’s Pub (NYC)


Following her Grand Ole Opry debut, appearances at Sundance Film Festival, and tour with Devotchka, the former member of The Lumineers embarks on her first solo headlining tour. With the help of a full band, Pekarek will perform songs from her debut album, Rattlesnake (S-Curve Records), which Billboard called “fearless” and MOJO dubbed “clever, high-camp, roots-pop drama.”

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09 April

WNYC Greene Space

Lang Lang – WNYC Greene Space (NYC)


One of the world’s biggest classical stars returns with WQXR’s Clemency Burton-Hill to perform selections from his new solo album Piano Book, a collection of pieces that first inspired him to play the piano. This event is a part of the Greene Space’s 10th anniversary, celebrating a decade of bringing New Yorkers forward-looking live art, theater, and journalism.

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10 April

Mott The Hoople ‘74

Mott The Hoople ’74 – Beacon Theatre (NYC)


Mott The Hoople ’74, featuring core ’74 members Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, tour the US for the first time in 45 years. In its five-star review of their headlining 2018 Ramblin’ Man Fair set, Classic Rock magazine cited “Sweet Jane,” “Honaloochie Boogie” and their epic encore of “Saturday Gigs” as monumental moments: “Mott the Hoople are simply brilliant. Their energy, passion and obvious skills are a joy to behold…a band at the top of their game.”

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10 April

Bad Suns

Bad Suns – Cannery Ballroom (Nashville)


The dynamic LA foursome tours behind its Epitaph debut, Mystic Truth (3/22). LA Times calls lead single “Away We Go” “a scream-along anthem” and hints at the new era for a band meshing rock ‘n’ roll, post-punk and pop. The band has performed on Kimmel and CONAN; broken the Top 25 on the Billboard 200; toured with Halsey and The 1975; played Coachella and other marquee festivals; and sold out headlining dates across the globe.

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11 April

The Cactus Blossoms

The Cactus Blossoms – Bowery Ballroom (NYC)


After previewing new material during a series of residencies in their hometown Minneapolis to critical praise, the blood-harmony brother duo hits the road for a headlining tour in support of new album Easy Way (3/1). The new record follows several milestones, including tours with Kacey Musgraves and Jenny Lewis; performances at Newport Folk, Lincoln Center and more; and a perfectly cast appearance on the third season of David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

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11 April

Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope – Cannery Ballroom (Nashville)


This rare full-band US tour follows the release of the political yet optimistic Heroin And Helicopters (3/1 via Rainwater Recordings/Thirty Tigers), Cope's first new album in seven years. Cope has toured the world extensively over the course of his 25-year career, including stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and Austin City Limits. His transformative performance style compelled the Washington Post to dub him “DC’s finest export since Marvin Gaye.”

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12 April

Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster/ ‘Next Time’/ Fieldhouse/BMG


The soulful, world-traveled folk-pop musician makes her first record in four years, working with Swedish musician Tore Johansson (New Order, Tom Jones, a-Ha). ‘Next Time’ marks Auster’s first time recording abroad in a completely isolated space—the ensuing sound, lush orchestral fantasies of romances abroad (“Mexico”), poetic remembrances of heartbreak (“Black Water”) and reflections on a unified ecstatic love (“Dance With Me”) are all threaded together by Auster’s haunting voice.

Contact: Eduardo Rios Pulgar

12 April

12 April

Eli Paperboy Reed

Eli “Paperboy” Reed/ ’99 Cent Dreams’/ Yep Roc


The Brooklyn soul singer, now a father with a decade of record-making experience under his belt, made his most rewarding LP yet at Memphis’ iconic Sam Philips Recording studio with Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell). The album is an exuberant, horn-drenched testament to life’s wistful yet joyous winding road.

Contact: Amy Bailey

12 April

WNYC Greene Space

24 @ 44 - WNYC Greene Space (NYC)


“24 @ 44: A Marathon Celebration of 10 Years in The Greene Space” is a nonstop 24-hour marathon of live journalism, music, art, performances, and parties, free and open to all. Special guests include Andrew Bird, Laurie Metcalf, DeRay Mckeeson, John Cameron Mitchell, and more. This event is the centerpiece of the Greene Space’s 10th anniversary.

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12 April

The Dip

The Dip – High Watt (Nashville)


The Seattle soul septet and “one of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years” (KEXP) tours behind new album The Dip Delivers (2/8 via AWAL). Known throughout the Pacific Northwest for their lively shows, the electrifying seven-piece is grounded by a driving rhythm section and the impeccably crisp lines of the “Honeynut Horns.”

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13 April

Intelligence Squared U.S.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “Driverless Cars” – Adam Smith Society’s National Meeting (NYC)


Proponents claim driverless cars will drastically improve our lives, with fewer auto accidents, less traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and greater accessibility for those with physical limitations. Opponents, however, argue that autonomous vehicles will increase traffic, render current infrastructure obsolete, jeopardize millions of jobs, or even lead to potential disaster due to programming errors or hackers. Should we give this new technology the green light, or proceed with caution? During this live debate, economic development expert Jeffrey Sachs and self-driving technology company Aurora's CEO Chris Urmson will argue in favor of the motion. Debating against them will be NYU data-journalism professor Meredith Broussard and MIT transportation researcher Ashley Nunes.

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13 April

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe – Bowery Ballroom (NYC)


The latest incarnation of Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue, featuring the mask-clad masters of the guitar instrumental, Los Straitjackets, previews new music to be released this year. A recent career-spanning Rolling Stone profile said this about Lowe: “He helped shape punk rock, produced Elvis Costello and spent quality time with Johnny Cash. But his best role has been as a master songwriter who never takes himself too seriously.”

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13 April

13 April

Briston Maroney

Briston Maroney – The Basement (Nashville)


At 21 years old, Maroney emanates an "arresting, invigorating vibe" (NPR) and is creating some of Nashville’s most visceral, yet also vulnerable and sophisticated, DIY rock ‘n’ roll right now. His live sets channel the energy of the house shows where he got his start, unwavering whether he's performing for hundreds or completely alone. Maroney plans to release a new EP amid tours with Liz Cooper and Wallows this spring and summer.

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16 April

16 April

Dan Tepfer

Dan Tepfer – National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY)


“One of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians” (New York Magazine) explores the possibilities of real-time VR with his new interactive performance. Each show features live visuals rendered by Tepfer's playing in real time. The projections take the sonic data from his Disklavier piano to represent foundational aspects of each piece – pitch, dynamics, rhythm, harmony, and more – in both two dimensions and virtual reality. 

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16 April

Dalton & the Sheriffs

Dalton & The Sheriffs – Mercury Lounge (NYC)


Boston’s punk-inspired, county-rock five-piece and “one of the most promising up-and-coming country groups in the nation” (Metro) tours ahead of their soon-to-be-announced summer EP. Channeling performing greats like Eric Church and Hootie & the Blowfish, the band’s frenetic energy has earned them opening slots for Jason Aldean & Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, and Sam Hunt.

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17 April

18 April

Bad Suns

Bad Suns – Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn, NY)


The dynamic LA foursome tours behind its Epitaph debut, Mystic Truth. LA Times calls lead single “Away We Go” “a scream-along anthem” and hints at the new era for a band meshing rock ‘n’ roll, post-punk and pop. The band has performed on Kimmel and CONAN; broken the Top 25 on the Billboard 200; toured with Halsey and The 1975; played Coachella and other marquee festivals; and sold out headlining dates across the globe.

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18 April

Intelligence Squared U.S.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea” – Kaye Playhouse (NYC)


As discussions about climate change continue, one particular response has gained currency: “solar geoengineering.” Arguing in favor of the motion is climate change author Clive Hamilton, who was appointed by the Australian government to the Climate Change Authority in 2012, and Oxford scholar Anjali Viswamohanan. Arguing against it is Harvard professor David Keith, one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment,” and UCLA professor Ted Parson, a former consultant for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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19 April

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo/ ‘Celia’/ Verve/Universal Music France


The new album by one of The Guardian’s 100 most influential women honors Celia Cruz, “the Queen of Salsa” and the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century. Kidjo explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from her extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America, and beyond.

Contact: Natalie Maher

21 April

Dan Tepfer

Dan Tepfer – Blueprints Piano Series (NYC)


“One of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians” (New York Magazine) explores the possibilities of real-time VR with his new interactive performance. Each show features live visuals rendered by Tepfer's playing in real time. The projections take the sonic data from his Disklavier piano to represent foundational aspects of each piece – pitch, dynamics, rhythm, harmony, and more – in both two dimensions and virtual reality. 

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23 April

24 April

25 April

25 April

25 April

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse – The Regent (LA, CA)


“The second coming of soul” (Vogue) leads his backing band on a headlining US tour in honor of his new self-titled LP. Waterhouse has toured the world and has collaborated with upstarts Ty Segall, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste; soul legend Ural Thomas; Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins and more.

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26 April

Kelly Finnigan

Kelly Finnigan – The Mint (LA, CA)


The Bay Area-based singer and songwriter steps away from his role as frontman for indie-soul group, The Monophonics, with this release-day show for his solo album, The Tales People Tell (Colemine Records). With his backing band, The Atonements, Finnigan channels a multitude of influences that reflect a lifetime immersed in the music and culture of soul, R&B, and hip-­hop.

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26 April

Kelly Finnigan

Kelly Finnigan/ ‘The Tales People Tell’/ Colemine Records


The lead singer of indie-soul auteurs Monophonics steps out on his own with this solo debut. Finnigan wrote and produced each track and plays 10 instruments throughout, while enlisting the help of friends and legends like drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Beck), members of Monophonics, and Kelly’s own father, prominent sideman/keyboardist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James). This sense of community underscores the music, a family affair both gritty and tender.

Contact: Grace Fleisher

26 April

The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats/ ‘In League With Dragons’/ Merge


Wild tales of revenge and redemption, heroes at a crossroads, great figures in decline, the ‘80s Athens music scene, outlaw country – all this and more in these 12 new John Darnielle-penned songs. "This album began life as a rock opera about a besieged seaside community called Riversend ruled by a benevolent wizard,” says Darnielle, “for which some five to seven songs were written.”

Contact: Natalie Maher

27 April

Dalton & the Sheriffs

Dalton & The Sheriffs – The Cowan (Nashville)


Boston’s punk-inspired, county-rock five-piece and “one of the most promising up-and-coming country groups in the nation” (Metro) tours ahead of their soon-to-be-announced summer EP. Channeling performing greats like Eric Church and Hootie & the Blowfish, the band’s frenetic energy has earned them opening slots for Jason Aldean & Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, and Sam Hunt.

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27 April

Kelly Finnigan

Kelly Finnigan – Fingerprints Records (Long Beach, CA)


The indie-soul auteur and charismatic frontman for Bay Area heavyweights The Monophonics embarks on his first-ever solo headlining tour: “The Tales People Tell” tour. Finnigan will perform songs from his new album, The Tales People Tell (4/26 via Colemine Records), live for the first time, along with select covers and a few surprises. Joining him are The Atonements, who’ll add funky basslines, fiery backing vocals, and bold horns.

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27 April

Bruno Major

Bruno Major – Elsewhere (Brooklyn, NY)


Major’s first tour of 2019 and his new single, “Old Fashioned,” kick off another promising year for the North London crooner with “tremendous vocals” (Clash). Last year, he sold out two US headlining tours, including back-to-back nights at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade and two nights at LA’s Masonic Lodge. He also made debuts on late-night TV (The Late Late Show with James Corden) and festivals (Bonnaroo), and he toured with Sam Smith in the UK.

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30 April

Henry Jamison

Henry Jamison – Moroccan Lounge (LA, CA)


The Burlington, VT, singer-songwriter deconstructing “toxic fraternity” on new album Gloria Duplex (Akira Records) presents his first headlining tour. Jamison has spent years honing his live chops touring internationally with Big Thief, Caroline Rose, Darlingside, Nick Hakim, Guster, and more. Rolling Stone recently praised Jamison’s “dreamy and downy soft, laced with orchestral strings and a Sufjan Stevens-worthy vocal" folk arrangements, which now will be fleshed out on stage with a full band.

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30 April

The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats – Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn, NY)


Songwriter and guitarist John Darnielle, bassist Peter Hughes, drummer Jon Wurster and multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas play some of their biggest venues to date on this extensive headlining US tour. These shows follow a busy 2018 for the band, in which they co-produced several episodes (and a live event) of the acclaimed podcast I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats; wrote a song for WWE professional wrestler Sasha Banks (at her request); and surprise-released the Hex of Infinite Binding EP, earning immediate praise from NPR and Pitchfork, noting the songs' “vivid characters, both real and fictionalized, [employed] as conduits for complicated ideas."

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30 April