Thursday, August 06, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Shemekia Copeland, Silversun Pickups

Here is a timely roundup of news related to upcoming releases and tours just announced...

Eagle Rock Entertainment to issue first-ever audio release from this classic concert featuring rare ELP tracks

Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live At Montreux 1997 on 2CD and Digital Formats -- September 11, 2015 [MSRP $15.98]. 
This is the first ever release of the audio from this concert, which includes ELP classics from across their career including “Karn Evil 9” (“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends”), “Hoedown,” “Take A Pebble,” “Lucky Man,” “Tarkus,” “Pictures At An Exhibition,” and “Fanfare For The Common Man.” Live At Montreux 1997 also boasts rare tracks that have never appeared on ELP studio albums such as “Touch And Go,” “Creole Dance,” and “Carmina Burana.”
In addition to the incredible set list, the included booklet features individual sleeve notes from Keith EmersonGreg Lake and Carl Palmer.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer, known to all as ELP, were progressive rock’s first supergroup. Keith Emerson (keyboards) came from The Nice, Greg Lake (guitar, bass & vocals) from King Crimson and Carl Palmer(drums) from Atomic Rooster. Formed in 1970 they were an instant success and went on to have a series of huge selling albums throughout the seventies before splitting up in the early eighties. Reunited in the early nineties, they produced a new album, Black Moon, and began to tour again. In 1997 they embarked on a world tour which included this superb performance at Montreux on July 7.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.
Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

1) Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression, Part 2  
2) Tiger In The Spotlight                
3) Hoedown  
4) Touch And Go
5) From The Beginning 
6) Knife Edge
7) Bitches Crystal  
8) Creole Dance  
9) Honky Tonk Train Blues  
10) Take A Pebble  
1) Lucky Man  
2) Medley: Tarkus / Pictures At An Exhibition  
3) Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Rondo / Carmina Burana / Carl Palmer’s Drum Solo / Toccata In D Minor


Outskirts Of Love Set For September 11 Release

Award-winning, trailblazing vocalist Shemekia Copeland has announced plans for her Fall 2015 North American tour in support of her new Alligator Records album, Outskirts Of Love. The genre-smashing CD is set for September 11 release. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, Americana, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers "gale force singing and power" with a "unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music." NPR Musiccalls her “fiercely expressive.”
Copeland’s return to Alligator Records with Outskirts Of Love (she recorded four albums for the label from 1998 through 2006) finds her at her most charismatic, performing roots rock, Americana, and blues with power and authority, nuance and shading. Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood, Outskirts Of Love is a musical tour-de-force, with Copeland rocking out on the title track, taking charge in Crossbone Beach, honoring her father, the late Johnny Clyde Copeland with her Afrobeat-infused take on his Devil’s Hand, tackling homelessness on Cardboard Box and showing off her country swagger on Drivin’ Out Of Nashville. She puts her stamp on songs made famous by Solomon Burke (I Feel A Sin Coming On), Jesse Winchester (Isn’t That So), Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (The Battle Is Over), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Long As I Can See The Light), ZZ Top (Jesus Just Left Chicago), Albert King (Wrapped Up In Love Again) and Jessie Mae Hemphill (Lord Help The Poor And Needy). Friends including Billy F Gibbons, Robert Randolph, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Will Kimbrough and Pete Finney all add their talent with unbridled enthusiasm. The result is Copeland’s most decidedly contemporary and musically adventurous album of her still-evolving career.
Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She is a mainstay on countless commercial and non-commercial radio stations. She's sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “f*cking amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent…a diamond.” In 2012, she performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Afterward, Jagger (with whom she sang) sent her a bottle of champagne.
With Outskirts Of Love and a packed tour schedule, Copeland has her eyes fixed firmly on the future as she continues to break new musical ground. "I want to keep growing, to be innovative," she says. “I’m a lifer, singing about things that are important to me, using my music to help people. My dad always said ‘we’re all connected.’ I’m an old soul marching to the beat of my own drum,” she continues, “And right now I’m making the most exciting music of my career.”
Tour dates are as follows:
Aug 14, 2015    Calabogie Blues & Ribfest, Calabogie, ON, CANADA
Aug 15, 2015     Festival de Blues de Donnacona, Donnacona, QC, CANADA     
Aug 29, 2015     Paola Roots Festival, Paola, KS
Sep 11, 2015     Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME     
Sep 12, 2015     The Colonial Theatre , Bethlehem, NH     
Sep 13, 2015     Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
Sep 16, 2015     The Foundry, Athens, GA     
Sep 17, 2015     Music City Roots, Live From The Factory, Franklin, TN
Sep 19, 2015     Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival, Hot Springs, AR     
Sep 23, 2015     Redstone Room, Davenport, IA
Sep 24, 2015     Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN     
Sep 26, 2015     Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Sep 29, 2015     Grand Theatre, Frankfort, KY     
Oct 01, 2015     Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA     
Oct 02, 2015     City Winery, New York, NY     
Oct 04, 2015     Daryl's House, Pawling, NY     
Oct 06, 2015     MexiCali Live, Teaneck, NJ     
Oct 07, 2015     Rams Head On Stage , Annapolis, MD     
Oct 09, 2015     Richmond Folk Festival, Richmond, VA     
Oct 10, 2015     Richmond Folk Festival , Richmond, VA     
Oct 11, 2015     Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival, Kure Beach, NC
Oct 13, 2015     Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, FL (with Buddy Guy)
Oct 14, 2015     Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL (with Buddy Guy)
Oct 17, 2015     Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL (with Buddy Guy)








Silversun Pickups will herald their much-anticipated fourth studio album with an array of high profile activity.BETTER NATURE will be released September 25th via the band's own New Machine Recordings.

BETTER NATURE is preceded by the incandescent new single, "Nightlight," debuting Thursday August 6th. "Nightlight" also arrives accompanied by a hallucinatory music film, written and directed by legendary filmmaker Mark Pellington (Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam). The extended video - produced by Braxton Pope (Passion Pit, MGMT) and featuring Meg Steedle (Boardwalk EmpireThe Mysteries of Laura) - builds upon the track's resonant emotional and sonic core to explore the darker recesses of one young woman's subconscious, a fever dream of guilt, desire, and identity. "Nightlight" is now available to watch at and YouTube.

As if all that weren't enough, August 7th will see the debut broadcast of Silversun Pickups' full-length appearance on DIRECTV's Guitar Center Sessions. The all-new episode sees host Nic Harcourt sitting down with the band to discuss their formation, creative process, and what's next for the band's future. The episode is highlighted by exclusive performances from Silversun Pickups' recent set at the world-famous Guitar Center Hollywood, including such iconic classics as "Lazy Eye," and "Panic Switch," and also features the first live performance of "Nightlight." Guitar Center Sessions premieres Friday, August 7th at 9 pm ET on DIRECTV Audience Channel 239 (check local listings); exclusive clips - including a special behind-the-scenes featurette - can be viewed now at

BETTER NATURE is available now for pre-order in a variety of formats, including a limited edition signed 2 disc 180g vinyl (black) bundle, signed handwritten lyric sheets, art proofs, exclusive T-shirt, and customized SSPU nightlight. For details, please visit

Silversun Pickups' first new album in more than three years, BETTER NATURE sees the Silverlake, CA-based band partnering once again with producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles), with whom they so successfully collaborated on 2012's visionary NECK OF THE WOODS. Songs like "Friendly Fires" and "Cradle (Better Nature)" were created and crafted in Lee's Topanga studio, the band building out organically from Silversun Pickups singer/guitarist Aubert's spare songwriting demos. The result is fluid and freewheeling, "oozy," in Aubert's words, with heavily cranked guitars, propulsive rhythms, and seemingly infinite textures.

GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Royal Blood) brings maximum sonic power to the proceedings, but at the album's beating heart is Silversun Pickups' remarkably intuitive interplay, as ever providing panoramic musical counterpoint to Aubert's incisive, increasingly self-exploratory lyricism. Richer, warmer, and more evocative than anything in their prior canon,BETTER NATURE is Silversun Pickups' most human music thus far.

"This album is like its own quantum universe," Aubert says. "It's kind of unstable."

Silversun Pickups will celebrate BETTER NATURE with an epic North American tour to be unveiled soon. In the meantime, the band will make a number of special showcase appearances, beginning with a headline performance at FM 94.9's Independence Jam, set for September 12th at Oceanside, CA's Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit

BETTER NATURE marks the debut release from Silversun Pickups' own New Machine Recordings. The independent label takes its name from the PIKUL favorite, "...All The Go Inbetweens."

* * * * *

Silversun Pickups is among the most dynamic and creative rock bands of the contemporary era, hailed far and wide for their inimitable merging of ethereal melodies and pure sonic force. From the opening indie rock salvo of 2005's PIKUL EP to 2012's far-reaching NECK OF THE WOODS, each successive release has seen the Silverlake, CA-based band boldly venture into uncharted terrain, bravely pushing their imagination and ability towards new and surprising summits. Ambitious and anthemic, tracks like "Panic Switch" and "Lazy Eye" have proven modern classics, a guarantee of rare danger and invention amidst the anodyne dross of post-millennial rock. What's more, the indefatigable quartet have made it their mission to bring their unique music to the people, touring the planet nearly non-stop to reach a devoted and ever-growing international fan following.

Silversun Pickups is: Brian Aubert (guitar, vocals) * Nikki Monninger (bass) * Joe Lester (keyboards)  * Christopher Guanlao (drums).

(New Machine Recordings)
Release Date: September 25th

1.     Cradle (Better Nature)
2.     Connection
3.     Pins & Needles
4.     Friendly Fires
5.     Nightlight
6.     Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)
7.     Tapedeck
8.     Latchkey Kids
9.     Ragamuffin
10.  The Wild Kind

All Songs Written by Silversun Pickups and Jacknife Lee

Produced by Jacknife Lee
Mixed by Alan Moulder

# # #

No comments: