On June 9th, the London-born Paris-based artist ALA.NI released her debut album You & I via Missing Piece Records. NPR Music's Bob Boilen said of the record "you won't hear another record that sounds like this one this year, or dare I say this decade." You can stream You & I below via Spotify:
On August 11th, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Suzanne Santo will release her solo debut album Ruby Red. Best known as one-half of the Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Santo steps out on her own for the first time and, more than 10 years into an acclaimed career, turns a new corner. Today, she released lead single "Ghost In My Bed," premiered by Rolling Stone who stated "'Ghost in my Bed' barrels forward at highway speed, folding mandolin, fiddle and keyboards into a nocturnal track about waging war with - and, ultimately, losing ground to - one's darker side."
Swedish folk-rock artist Daniel Norgren makes his US introduction with Skogens Frukter (Fruits of the Forest), a limited edition vinyl-only issue on marbled Northern Lights colored vinyl available now exclusively through Vinyl Me, Please. To celebrate the release, NPR Music debuted a live video of "People Are Good," a previously unreleased song that's featured on the album.
Last summer, he played his first ever US show at Pickathon 2016 and became the must-see act of the weekend following three sets in front of stunned audiences. Although his name may be unfamiliar in the US, Norgren has built an astounding career over the past 10 years in his home country and across Europe including an extensive catalog and an exponentially-growing audience where fans would be lucky to catch him at a venue smaller than 1,000 people. A multi-instrumentalist whose expertise includes guitar, piano, harmonica, and accordion, Norgren's sound is distinctly homegrown, authentic, and powerful.
American soul singer Nikka Costa returns with the eagerly awaited new album Nikka & Strings, Underneath and in Between due out on June 2nd via Metropolis Recordings. The album sees the celebreated soul, funk, and blues singer dipping her toes into a refreshing collection of songs backed by a luscious string quartet. Nikka is back in full swing with a collection of heartfelt songs that gives the listener more intimate and personal insight into her unique musical style than ever before. Billboard premiered the video for lead track "Nothing Compares 2 U", a stunning rendition of her former mentor's classic hit.
Andrew Combs, Colony House, The Dove & The Wolf, Pegi Young, Great American Canyon Band, Blank Range, Jason Eady, The Band of Heathens, Fastball, Cale Tyson, The Head, Troi Irons, Old Flame Records
Here at Missing Piece we’re looking forward to the cluster@#$@ that is SXSW, the way that you look forward to going to your high school reunion, or running a marathon, or getting a tattoo. Painful, exhilarating, memorable…and it leaves a mark.
This year, we’ve got 13 artists performing at SXSW; we’re packing insoles, shorts, sunscreen, and multiple pairs of earplugs to get us through.
Nashville-based Americana artist Andrew Combs will release his sophomore album Canyons Of My Mind on April 7 via New West Records. The first single "Dirty Rain" premiered via NPR Music, with Ann Powers calling Combs "one of Nashville's most poetically gifted young singer-songwriters." Watch his Stranger Things-esque video for the song "Blood Hunters" at Rolling Stone Country.
6:30pm - Luck Reunion
1:30pm - Noisetrade/Pledge/Fryedays at Blackheart
5:30pm - YETI/New West at YETI
12:00am New West showcase at Coopers
3:00pm - Brooklyn Country Cantina
Nashville-based indie rockers Colony House released their second album, Only the Lonely, on January 13 via RCA/Descendant records. The album has been embraced by Noisey, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Paste Magazine, Baeble Music and reached #3 on iTunes Top Albums chart & #2 on iTunes Top Alternative Albums chart. This past month the band has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Today Show, and Conan.
2:45pm - Yeti/BMI
5:30pm - C3 Presents Party
2:00 pm - Culture Collide/RCA Party at Container Bar
9:30 pm - Pandora Party
5:00pm - Culture Collide Party at Container Bar
8:30am - KGSR
1:00pm - Waterloo Parking Lot Show
3:40pm Southwest Invasion at Whole Foods
The Dove & The Wolf
The Dove & The Wolf have just signed to Fat Possum Records and will release an EP called I Don't Know What To Feel on March 30. The French-born, Philadelphia-based duo of Lou Hayat and Paloma Gil have been playing together for more than ten years.
The EP was recorded in their adopted city of Philly and was co-produced by Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs and Nick Krill of The Spinto Band. Recently, NPR Music premiered the video for the track "Seven Days" and called it "…shimmering, beautiful and languorous." The band also just announced a tour with Jens Lekman from the end of February through April. You can find other coverage of the band at Stereogum, Nylon, and The New York Times.
8:00pm - Buffalo Billiards- REC Philly Amplify Philly Showcase
2:00pm - SX San Jose- San Jose Hotel
8:00pm - Madewell SXSW Party- Madewell Store Austin
On February 17, Pegi Young stepped out on her own with Raw, a brand new collection of songs inspired by life, loss, and forgiveness.
The album was announced with a feature written by David Browne in Rolling Stone and saw incredible coverage in NPR Music, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and more. Young wrote most of Raw in the wake of her 2014 separation and divorce from Neil Young, to whom she’d been married thirty-seven years. The album is rounded out by legendary Muscle Shoals keyboardist and songwriter Spooner Oldham and several more recent Survivors, including Muscle Shoals-based guitarist Kelvin Holly, a veteran of Little Richard’s band; drummer Phil Jones (Tom Petty, Joe Walsh); and bassists Benny Rietveld (Santana) and Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers).
10:00pm - Hilton Garden Inn, 18th floor
8:00pm - The Driskill
Great American Canyon Band
Baltimore duo Great American Canyon Band released their debut album Only You Remain in early 2016 via Six Degrees Records which was embraced by NPR, WNYC, Stereogum and Impose Magazine. The music video for the album’s title track was shot in Iceland and The A.V. Club proclaimed that it “should be an Icelandic tourism ad.” This fall the duo released a follow-up EP, Out Here, featuring new material and remixes from Only You Remain.
Stream Only You Remain HERE & Stream Out Here HERE
12:30pm - Quantum Collective at Whole Foods
7:00pm - Lil Big Fest at Tiniest Bar in Texas
Nashville's Blank Range just released their sophomore EP Vista Bent on Thirty Tigers and have just wrapped the recording of their debut full length album with Brad Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger). Stereogum premiered the EP in its entirety and said "The four-track collection is a country-tinged drive down the highway with whiskey-soaked vocals and plenty of steel guitar. Blunted bell clangs and lively pop rock melodies of Vista Bent make for a happy compendium of ’70s nostalgia, Nashville heartbreak, and subtle experimentation.” The band are currently on the road for an extensive tour with the Wild Reeds.
2:30pm - Tellers (Downstairs)
12:00pm - NoiseTrade/PledgeMusic Party
at The Blackheart
4:30pm - Thirty Tigers/Yeti Party at
Yeti Flagship Store, 220 S Congress Ave
1:10pm - Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion at Wholefoods Rooftop Plaza, 525 N Lamar Blvd
4:40pm - The Jackalope
9:00pm - Thirty Tigers Official SXSW Showcase at Maggie Mae’s, 323 E 6 St
12:00pm - Urban Outfitters
Jason Eady will release a self-titled on April 21 via Thirty Tigers. Recently, NPR Music premiered the song "Barabbas," the second single to be released from the album. Rolling Stone Country premiered "Why I Left Atlanta" and called the self-titled release "...an acoustic-heavy album that makes room for electricity, eclecticism and guest appearances, with Eady serving as the master of ceremonies." The album features contributions from guests Vince Gill, The Steeldrivers' Tammy Rogers, and wife, singer/songwriter Courtney Patton.
4:00pm -Yeti Flaghip store - 220 South Congress Ave (Thirty Tigers official showcase)
Lucy’s - 2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (writers round)
The Band of Heathens
The Band of Heathens released their new album Duende, the band’s fifth studio album (and eighth overall), which also marks their tenth anniversary as a group. The album first premiered with an exclusive stream on Rolling Stone Country who said, "An album built around connection and collaboration, it spotlights a pack of players whose influences – Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul, heartland country-rock and all points between – are as wide-ranging as their tour dates.” Duende was also embraced by The Boot, Popmatters and Relix, and was #1 most-added album on the Americana Music Association radio chart
7:00pm - Westin Austin Downtown
4:10 PM - Dog Day Afternoon @ The Dogwood
11:00pm - New Frontier Official SXSW Showcase @ The Parish
2:00pm - Twangfest at Broken Spoke
7:00pm - SXSW Second Stage @ Hyatt Downtown
5:45pm - Amigos Internationales @ Guero's
9:00pm - Greenwich
Village Troubador Tribute Show @ The Driskill Hotel
10:30pm - The Band of Heathens + Friends Decompression Session - Geraldine's @ Hotel Van Zandt
Seven years after the release of their last studio album Little White Lies, Fastball is returning to the scene, securing a spot in this year’s SXSW lineup. The Austin-based band is returning with their new album Step into Light! set to be released later this spring. Stream the first single from the LP at Consequence of Sound. Unexpectedly, at the end of 2016, Fastball reached new heights reaching #1 on the Hip-Hop charts through recently formed duo Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello, who took the chorus from Fastball’s 1998 hit “Out of My Head”, and incorporated their own rendition into their new collaboration “Bad Things”. Check out Billboard’s exclusive interview with Fastball front man Tony Scalzo, discussing the band’s newfound success.
Watch “Bad Things” HERE
10:00pm - Capital One House (Antones)
9:00pm - The Parish
Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter Cale Tyson is set to release a new album in the U.S. this spring. The album, Careless Soul has already been released in the UK to great acclaim (4 stars in the Guardian, Rolling Stone, BBC Radio and more.) He recently completed a great UK tour, and was just nominated by the UK Americana Music Association for "International Song of the Year" for "Somebody Save Me" - going up against Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams, and Margo Price. Cale just released Introducing Cale Tyson, a vinyl compilation of his first two EPs, 2013’s High on Lonesome and 2014’s Cheater’s Wife on March 3. Originally released in early 2015 via Clubhouse Records in the UK, Introducing Cale Tyson has already endured great success reaching and holding #13 on the UK Country Charts for two weeks as well as receiving a 5-star rating in both Country Music People and Maverick Magazine, and a 4-star rating in Q Magazine.
Stream High on Lonesome HERE and Cheater’s Wife HERE
8:00pm - Luckenback Dancehall / Fredericksburg
2:30pm - Brooklyn Country Cantina
4:15pm - Hard Luck Lounge
Atlanta based alt-rock trio The Head are set to release their full-length album Space on August 4th. Impose Magazine recently released their video for the first single “Tea Colored Radio” and said "The Head make feel good indie rock that will have you bopping your head and dancing."
Dubbing the band their #1 unsigned artist of 2015, Purevolume premiered the song calling it “a mission statement that shows that The Head is really on the brink of something big.” The band has been embraced by Alternative Press, Creative Loafing, GhettoBlaster, Performer Magazine and more. They are currently on an extensive US tour.
12:15pm - Big Bang
8:00pm - Maggie Mae's (official showcase)
12:45pm - Yard Dog
3:45pm - Whip-in
3:00pm - Chugging Monkey
Troi Irons is an LA-based songwriter currently signed to Def Jam. A fearless creative mind with insight beyond her years; Irons is a rebel voice speaking her truth through music. In 2016, she released her acclaimed Turbulence, EP. Brimming with self-reflective lyrics and instantly-catchy choruses, Irons’ music has been compared to Imogen Heap and Alanis Morissette. Stream Turbulence HERE. You can check out her new music video for her song “Today” via it’s exclusive premiere on Interview Magazine, and watch here mini-documentary EPK video HERE.
3:00pm - Circa 13 Showcase with Bibi Bourelly, Earl St. Clair (UMG @ Antones)
Old Flame Records
For the last two years we've been lucky enough to handle PR for most of the releases from Old Flame Records. This year, Old Flame will host an official showcase at Swan Dive located at 615 Red River on March 18.
8:00pm - Gurr
9:00pm - Frontier Folk Nebraska
10:00pm - Booher
11:00pm - Dawg Yawp
12:00am - Slow Caves
1:00am - Doe
On May 5th, Walter Martin, lyricist, co-writer, and multi-instrumentalist of The Walkmen, will release his LP My Kinda Music via his own imprint Ile Flottante Music. As the second installment of his Juvenile Series, it follows 2014's award winning and critically acclaimed album We're All Young Together. Set to a rollicking musical backdrop, My Kinda Music tells vivid stories of music-making, family history, and self-discovery. In the lead single "Hey Matt," Matt Berninger of The National gives Martin a singing lesson and the two friends discuss a recent (and real) rejection by his idol, Randy Newman.
"cultural force" - NPR All Things Considered
Two-time Grammy Award winner Rickie Lee Jones will be hitting the road for a North American tour with Madeleine Peyroux.
Rickie Lee Jones says of the upcoming tour, "I've genuinely enjoyed Madi's work over the years, so much so that I'm surprised it's taken this long for us to work together. Very excited at the prospect of recording some new material, and about the upcoming shows."
Madeleine Peyroux adds, “It’s a rare occasion when one gets to share one’s life and work with a master. I consider my upcoming tour together with Rickie Lee Jones to be one of those timeless occasions. Embedded in her dulcet tones, supported by our vibrant and warm musicians, and through the conduit of so many American styles of song I’m sure this tour will encourage us all, and our highest spirits will shine through. We’re going to have fun!!!”
Jones' 2015 album, The Other Side of Desire, was well received by the likes of NPR Music, and Uncut Magazine which gave the album a 9/10 calling it "an arrestingly ambigious musical journey...a record that crowns her career, not an end but as a culmination."
“She can sound like a nun who has closed the door in the chapel to sing quietly to herself. She can sound dissolute, louche, exalted, elegant, or like a figure howling against a menacing sadness...She sings like a shy person somehow released of inhibition by singing. Every word she writes and sings seems earned. Her songs are cunning and serious or playful and exuberant but always carefully made…[Jones expresses] a human truth: over time, we cannot be other than ourselves.” - Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker
Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1979 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances.
03/01 - Montreal, Canada - Theatre Maisonneuve
03/02 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur
03/03 - Collingswood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium
03/04 - New York, NY - Town Hall
03/06 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
03/07 - Bethesda, MD - Bethesda Blues & Jazz
03/09 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center
03/10 - Charleston, SC - The Charleston Gailard Center
03/11 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol
03/12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03/14 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre Dallas
03/16 - Tucson, AZ - Fox Theater
03/17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
03/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Luckman Fine Arts Center
03/19 - San Francisco, CA - Kanbar Hall - Jewish Community Center
03/21 - Victoria, Canada - Royal Theatre
03/22 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
03/24 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theatre
03/25 - Aurora, IL - Paramount Theatre
03/26 - Milwaukee, WI - The Northern Lights Theater*
03/28 - Burnsville, MN - Ames Center
03/29 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Theater*
03/31 - Austin, TX - One World Theater*
04/01 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater*
*Rickie Lee Jones Only
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Pieta Brown will release her new album Postcards on March 10th via Lustre Records. True to its name, Postcards explores the role of distance and isolation through collaboration in which Brown enlisted a guest artist for each track via mail. She released the first single "Street Tracker," premiered by Guitar World, which features guitar legend Mark Knopfler who completed the song in London.
It was in hotel rooms across the country that Pieta wrote most of the songs onPostcards. Like any touring musician, Pieta was on the road to survive, balancing the rewards of performing music for a living with the challenges of trying to stay connected to loved ones and other artists while in motion. So, in order to keep in touch, she decided to send out "musical postcards." These were stripped-down, acoustic shells of the new songs she'd written while traveling. In addition to Knopfler, she sent them to folks like Calexico, Mason Jennings, David Lindley, Mike Lewis, and Carrie Rodriguez among others. Her instructions to each were simple: complete the song and write back.
On January 13th, SUSTO will release their new album & I'm Fine Today via Acid Boys / Missing Piece Records. The album premiered via an exclusive stream on Consequence of Sound who writes, "It can seem like a pretty hopeless world out there sometimes, but this is the kind of music that just hits in the right way on those long, dark nights of the soul."
NPR Music named SUSTO an artist to watch at AmericanaFest, and & I'm Fine Today was spotlighted by Pitchfork as an album to look forward to in 2017. The band is currently on the road with Langhorne Slim, and they will tour with The Lumineers in March 2017.
Susto: "Hard Drugs"
British-born, Paris-based artist ALA.NI has announced that her debut album You & I will see release in the U.S. through Missing Piece Records, distributed via Caroline in Spring 2017.
ALA.NI recently made her first trip to the US where she performed for Paste Magazine and WNYC's Soundcheck. John Schafer of Soundcheck said, "ALA.NI’s forthcoming debut album, called You And I, is nothing but surprises. Often sounding like a long lost artifact of the mid-20th century, her striking voice goes from torchy jazz to intimate pop to atmospheric vocalize." Additionally, her debut single "Cherry Blossom" premiered via The Fader.
ALA.NI stopped many people dead in their tracks when she appeared on Later...with Jools Holland, performing "Cherry Blossom" with a Disney-gone-noir vocal, as compulsively anachronistic as the sensibility of the track itself.