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by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2009

Obits
“Pine On” [MP3] from I Blame You [24 March]
     

Great Northern
“Houses” [MP3] from Remind Me Where the Light Is [28 April]
     

Woodhands
“Electric Avenue” [MP3] from Dancer [3 March]
     

Pronto
“When I’m on the Rocks” [MP3] from All Is Golden [10 March]
     

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2009

Michael Keefe named Eleni Mandell’s Miracle of Five the third best singer-songwriter album of 2007, calling it “her subtlest and best work yet… torch-singing crosses with sad ‘50s pop and, yes, a bit of vintage country balladry… her songwriting is too good to ignore.” Mandell follows up that superb effort with Artificial Fire, releasing next week on Zedtone. Here’s the title song as well as her upcoming tour schedule. As Keefe said back in 2007, “Mandell might not be begging you to listen to her music, but I am.”

Eleni Mandell
“Artificial Fire” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
2/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo - Los Angeles CD RELEASE SHOW!
2/21: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
3/05: New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
3/06: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club      
3/08: Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s Place
3/09: Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel
3/19: San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
3/21: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
3/22: Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
3/26: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
3/27: Minneapolis, MN @  Cedar Cultural Centre
3/28: Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown
3/30: Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

by Sarah Zupko

12 Feb 2009

Dan Raper raved about Max Tundra’s 2008 album Parallax Error Beheads You calling Tundra’s music “smart, engaging, and both challenging and fun to listen to. That’s what makes it unusual, and worth treasuring.” Tundra is heading out on tour March through May withy Junior Boys (tour dates below) and he has a nmew digital single, “Which Song”, releasing March 31st that will include two exclusive B-sides. We’ve got the single for your listening pleasure. Also, check out his recent video “Will Get Fooled Again”.

Max Tundra
“Which Song” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
03.18 - 03.21 - Austin, TX SXSW
03.28 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club *
03.29 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club *
03.31 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
04.01 - Pontiac, MI - Cro-Foot (Pike Room) *
04.02 - Chicago, IL - The Metro *
04.03 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA *
04.04 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret *
04.06 - Saskatoon, SK - TBA *
04.07 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room *
04.09 - Calgary, AB - The Warehouse *
04.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret *
04.12 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe *
04.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
04.16 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club *
04.19 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
04.22 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theatre *
04.24 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
04.25 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club *
04.28 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
04.29 - Columbus, OH - TBA *
04.30 - Lexington, KY - The Dame *
05.01 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
05.02 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
05.03 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
05.05 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
05.06 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
05.07 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
05.08 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *
05.09 - Montreal, QC - TBA *
05.10 - Ottawa, ON - TBA *

* = w/ Junior Boys

by Sarah Zupko

12 Feb 2009

Country crooner and former Mavericks frontman Raul Malo returns with his first record of new original material in seven years. Possessing one of the finest set of pipes in popular music, Malo most closely evokes Roy Orbison. Lucky One releases March 3rd on Fantasy Records and here’s the title track to whet your appetite. Catch him live this spring as well (tour dates below). Stay tuned for a PopMatters 20 Questions with Malo soon.

Raul Malo
“Lucky One” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
2/20     Belfast Songwriters Festival             Nashville, TN
3/06     Alladin Theatre                         Portland, OR
3/07     Snoqualmie Casino                     Snoqualmie, WA
3/08     Tractor Tavern                         Seattle, WA
3/10     Great American Music Hall             San Francisco, CA
3/11     House of Blues                                 Anaheim, CA
3/12     House of Blues West                   Hollywood, CA
3/13     Clark Center Theatre                   Arroyo Grande, CA
3/14     John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel &Casino Sparks, NV
3/16     Belly Up Tavern                         Solana Beach, CA
4/03     The Landmark on Main Street           Port Washington, NY
4/04     Ridgefield Playhouse                   Ridgefield, CT
4/05     Keswick Theatre                       Glenside, PA
4/09     Byham Theater                                 Pittsburgh, PA

by C. T. Heaney

12 Feb 2009

Philly buzz band TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb just released their debut EP, Hinterlands, on local label Roustabout Records. It lands somewhere between The Basement Tapes and Anodyne, with a ragged, lo-fi aesthetic and lyrics drenched in heartbreak and whiskey. Apparently, the group has been winning fans by busking in the city’s subway stations, and they’ve got the kind of grit and wit you’d expect from such hardscrabble gigging. “Making Up for Lost Time” recalls Dylan’s “Cold Irons Bound”, with all the paranoia and even more dirty-blues stomp, while “The Trail of a Lonesome Hobo” sounds like Beggars Banquet or Exile on Main Street-era Stones, sporting a killer banjo lick to boot.

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