Black Keys Cancel European Tour After Patrick Carney ’s shoulder injury.

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Patrick Carney of The Black Keys performs in Kansas City, Missouri on December 21st, 2014. The group was forced to cancel their European tour following Carney’s shoulder injury.

The Black Keys have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour after drummer Patrick Carney sustained a serious shoulder injury in early January. “We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through March 10th. Patrick needs time to heal,” the band said in a statement. “We thank all of our fans for their support and we’re looking forward to getting back on the road.”

While the band hoped to simply postpone the European gigs, due to “prior scheduled commitments and venue availability,” the Turn Blue duo were “unsuccessful” in rescheduling the trek and were forced to scuttle the European leg entirely. In total, 17 concerts were cancelled, including six shows in the United Kingdom highlighted by a March 3rd performance at London’s O2 Arena. Three concerts each in Germany and France, most notably a pair of shows at Paris’ Zenith, were also cancelled due to Carney’s dislocated shoulder.

A rep for the Black Keys confirmed to Rolling Stone that the band will also be unable to perform at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Bob Dylan. That all-star concert is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on February 6th, two days before the Grammys, where the duo are nominated for three awards: Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Fever” and Best Rock Album for Turn Blue. The band’s Australian tour, set to kick off April 2nd in Brisbane, and their subsequent summer music festival appearances, including a stop at Governors Ball, are currently unaffected by the injury.

On January 3rd, Carney was taken to a hospital on the island of Saint-Barthélemy after slamming his shoulder on the ocean floor while swimming. The drummer was rushed to the hospital and administered anesthesia so doctors could reset his dislocated shoulder. Carney, who was still in significant pain following the accident, poked fun at the situation by posting photos of his messed-up shoulder in the hospital on Instagram.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancel European tour due to injury

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse have canceled the remainder of their European tour, including festival appearances at Sweden’s Way Out West and Belgium’s Pukkelpop, after guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro broke his hand, reports Rolling Stone.

Sampedro is expected to make a full recovery in time for the band’s North American tour, which kicks off August 31st in Ontario and concludes September 7th with an appearance at Interlocken Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse 2013 Tour Dates:
08/08 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West
08/10 – Bergen, NO @ Berghenhus Festning
08/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
08/14 – Dresden, NO @ Filmnaeechte Am Elbufer
08/16 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/18 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
08/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
08/31 – Dundas, ON @ Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
09/02 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatrea
09/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Folk Festival
09/07 – Arrington, VA @ Interlocken Music Festival
09/21 – Saratoga Springs, VA @ Farm Aid
10/26-27 – Mountain View, VA @ Bridge School Benefit

God Is An Astronaut – Interview

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GIAA band performing @ Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland on Dec 15, 2012. Picture: Paul Patras

Reaching only moderate levels of success in Dublin, but selling out huge venues in far flung corners of Eastern Europe, Russia and (increasingly) New York, there’s a real argument for God Is An Astronaut being Ireland’s most ‘underappreciated at home’ band. Not that it bothers songwriter, guitarist and occasional instrumental-style vocalist Torsten Kinsella – “We don’t do as well in Ireland as we do in places like Eastern Europe,” he explains, “It’s hard to say why, really, aside from that Ireland’s radio tends to be very commercial, but I don’t have a chip on my shoulder about it. It’s just the way things are.”

It’s been ten years since Torsten and co. started up, releasing the aptly titled ‘The End Of The Beginning’ as “a farewell to the music industry”, and soon found that what had been a studio-only project took off in a big way. As international tour offers came in, the band decided to carry on. “It came as a surprise to us”, Torsten recalls, “but it worked out really well. If I was to give any advice to bands now, I’d say don’t sign to a label. We had to seriously consider whether we wanted to carry on when all our gear – €25,000 worth – was stolen on our first New York trip in 2008. But we decided to follow our hearts and carry on, and it paid off. We’ve had some very successful American tours since then, particularly in New York, with the Bowery Ballroom.”

Given the global success, there must always have been a temptation to head out of Ireland and base themselves elsewhere, but God Is An Astronaut remain pretty loyal to their Wicklow base. “If we were to relocate anywhere it would probably be the US, simply because things seem to be taking off there, and when we go over there to tour we have to pay 60% tax on all our income”, Torsten suggests. “If we were based over there we’d have to pay a lot less. But we like the European lifestyle so I can’t see it happening. My favourite place to tour, though, is probably New York.”

God Is An Astronaut’s current tour – which comes to an end at Dublin’s Vicar Street this weekend – is to celebrate a decade of the band, and has been accompanied by a re-mastering of the band’s entire back-catalogue. “We’re delighted with the remastered versions”, Torsten explains, “they sound so fresh to us, even ‘The End Of The Beginning’ sounds like a new record. It’s amazing the work Tim Young, the producer, put in. He also worked on The Beatles remastered series and on Massive Attack, and his work is incredible. ”

As well as celebrating, though, God Is An Astronaut are using the ten year mark as a turning point, and heading off in a new direction, with Torsten defining the time as “a chance to reinvent ourselves”. With a new album due “probably around April or May of next year”, Torsten is writing heavily, and “in a way that’s different to what we’ve done before. It’s hard to explain, in some ways it’s more commercial than our previous stuff, but in others more obscure. I’m writing with the more off-the-wall moments included from the start, rather than layering them over the top, and there are a few vocal elements that have been added in a different way to before. It’s pretty hard to describe, but all will be revealed.” What that won’t lead to, though, is hefty changes to the live set up. “We’ve always been a band that plays career-spanning live sets. These ten year anniversary gigs obviously fall in that category, but it’s not going to change with the new material, either. It’s what people who come to see us want to see.”

God Is An Astronaut have always walked the line between rock and ambient music, and Torsten seems to be pointing towards a rockier next album, as well as edging in that direction generally. “If I had to pick, I probably see myself as slightly more of a rock musician”, he concludes, “though obviously there are large elements of both that and electronic/ ambient styles. The last album ‘Age Of The Fifth Sun’ was more ambient. My song writing this time is really reflecting my mood, so if I’m up or down when I write you’ll really hear that in the music that comes out at the far end.”

Perhaps there’s an element of that emotional delivery that led to the dropping of the band’s once infamous live visuals, but Torsten eyes more practical concerns: “We let go of the visuals because we felt too many people were doing it, it was a bit too cliché. We’re a different band now, with five members instead of three, and there isn’t the same need to add to the stage set up. It also gives us more spontaneity than we had with the visuals in place.”

Not many bands start with a last hurrah of an album and end up touring the world to hundreds of thousands of people. Far fewer can headline at the Bowery Ballroom and still find themselves so far from a household name back home. God Is An Astronaut, admittedly, operate in a niche area of music – ambient and instrumental styles have almost never found huge pop audiences in Ireland – but their touring record and global acclaim speaks for itself. So, as it happens, do their records; after all the early fears, a decade looks like only the start.

God Is An Astronaut played their final 10th anniversary celebration show at Vicar Street the 15th of December 2012. ~ James Hendicott

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God is An Astronaut – Discography
God Is An Astronaut – The Band in Pictures
God Is An Astronaut – No Return (Video)

Ryan Bingham: Q&A

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Ryan Bingham is currently on a European Tour that will cap off a great year for the singer-songwriter after the release of his new album Tomorrowland.

We caught up with the singer to chat about how the tour is going and the response to his new record.

– You are currently on your European tour so how are the shows going?

It has been going really well so far. We are four or five shows into the tour and we have had some great crowds and the band is sounding really good. I am having a lot of fun.

– How are you finding the UK crowds and how do they compare to perhaps playing in the States?

It’s funny because it is pretty similar. People have been getting rather rambunctious (laughs). It has been interesting and a lot of fun.

We have had some late nights already and that is always a sign that something great is going on (laughs).

– For anyone who has a ticket for any of the shows of the next few weeks and perhaps hasn’t seen you live before what can they expect from the gig?

It is very live and loud – I have got a full band with me out on the tour; I have some stuff that is just acoustic and with a guitar but most of it is full on rock and roll with electric guitars.

So they can definitely expect some volume and some movement so don’t be scared to get out there and dance a bit.

– You have recorded some great albums in recent years but how much do you enjoy being out on the road? Is it the best part of the job?

It is. I have always looked at it as a love/hat relationship sometimes because sometimes it is good and sometimes it is rough (laughs). But it is just part of the experience and part of adventure.

And it is the kind of stuff that when you get home you write about- the good and the bad time because you can’t have it all.

Your outlook when you are going into it is to just keep a positive mindset and be open minded and try to make the best of every situation.

– You released Tomorrowland earlier this year so how have you found the response so far as it does seen to have gone down really well?

Yeah, it is always different. For a band like me I don’t really get crazy exposure with the record so sometimes it does take a while to circulate around and get out to fans.

Not a lot of people know the songs right off the bat when we go out touring so we do try to mix it up a bit and play some stuff off the older records as well.

But for the most part it has been really good and the fans that have showed up have the record and know the songs and seem to be really enjoying it so far.

– And while the record does have plenty of the acoustic guitar sounds that you are well known for this album is perhaps a little heavier than your previous recordings. So how would you describe the sound of this new record? And what did you decide to take your sound down a slightly different path?

I had some time off at home when I was recording this record and I had been playing a lot more electric guitar and that was really the big influence on this record.

I was really just sitting around and experimenting the electric guitar and then I wrote most of the songs with the electric guitar so it really set the pace for it.

My last record was very acoustic and stripped down and a lot of the songs tended to be really personal and so it was a bit sad to play these songs every night because they were slow and acoustic.

So with this record I just wanted to concentrate on having some fun with the songs and really enjoy playing them live.

When you can get out there and turn the electric guitar amps up a bit and rock out for me it helps bring out a sense of humour to it as well.

– This is your fourth studio album so how do you feel that you have developed as both a musician and a songwriter since that debut release back in 2007?

I feel like I have definitely grown up a bunch and I have travelled around quite a bit since the release of that record.

I think with every record it is like a new chapter in my life with new experiences and places that you go around to – especially travelling around Europe, UK and overseas you get the chance to experience different cultures and countries and hearing different people’s points of view on things.

It is a humbling experience when you travel around and you meet people all over the world and I take all that into consideration when I am writing songs at home.

The more that we travel and the older that I get to is guess you get more experienced and you have more to think about and contemplate. So I guess it just broadens your horizons a little bit more and there are always doors always opening up.

I guess learning as musician as well so I am trying to learn and to grow and be inspired by new things. It is always expanding and growing and leaving yourself open to be inspired by new things.

– This album was perhaps a little different because you released it on your own label for the very first time so why did you decide to make it an independent release?

Well the big thing is I think that it is a lot more accessible for musicians and people in my situation with social media. My wife and I had already started a company and we were lot of doing a lot of the stuff in house already.

The main think is it is a lot more accessible these days as you can reach out to your fans directly and let them know when you have new music or when you are coming to town and playing shows. We just prefer the in-house and home team sell.

– How much have you enjoyed the freedom that comes with that independence?

It’s nice, especially when you get out on the road and you are touring a lot because you know at the end of the day it is all coming back home and not to somebody who is just sat at a desk waiting for you to go out and work for it (laughs).

We know that it is all coming home and all of the hard work that we put into it we feel like we are getting something out of it. It is just a good feeling working for ourselves and no one looks out for my best interests more than she does and vice versa.

– So many artists are now working on their own labels but they do find it a challenge so what challenges or difficulties have you faced?

I don’t think that there have been too many problems with it. You have got to wake up in the morning and you can’t be scared of stamping envelopes and send them out – it is just another level of work.

But we have always been a do it yourself kind of group and we have always made out living our on the road singing for our supper and so on. It’s not that big a deal to us to sit in an office and stamp a few envelopes.

– And now that you do have the label is it something that you are going to use to just release your own music or are you looking to bring other bands and artist on to it as well?

For right now it is just the stuff that we are working on as we are not that far into the game yet.

– You have also got a whole new band playing on the record this time around so how did you find working with these new musicians?

It was great. I met a guy called Justin Stanley, he co-produced the record with me, and he brought in a drummer called Matt Sherrod and his wife actually played bass and another friend of theirs played guitar.

It has been great mixing it up a bit and they are all really talented musicians and I feel like I have been learning a lot from them as well. It brings something new into the project and that has been really inspiring.

– You have mentioned your producer Justin already so how did that collaboration come about?

I met Justin when… he was one of the first people that I met when I went out to Los Angeles and we just hit it off and became friends. We recorded some stuff and I just kept in touch with him over the years.

With this last record I just thought that I would produce it myself and just find a really good engineer to help me work on it. He was one of the first guys that I called because he is a fantastic engineer but it is also a great producer.

I went had lunch with him one day and talked about what I wanted to do and we just went into the studio and went at it – and that was it.

– So where did your love of music start?

I guess it started when I was a kid and listening to records. I have always been a fan of music but I didn’t really get into playing until I was about seventeen or eighteen years old – I never really thought that I had much musical talent.

When I picked up the guitar and started learning a few chords I guess I just got bit by the music bug because it has stuck with me.

– Finally what is coming up for you leading into 2013?

I am just looking to tour more – we have got a few more weeks over here in Europe. Then I will be heading back home where I will take some time off for the holidays. Then I will start touring again in the early spring.

Ryan Bingham “Heart Of Rhythm” Official Lyric Video

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Ryan Bingham – Live Review @ Scala London

16 November 2012

Ryan Bingham is the real deal – raised in a roadhouse brothel in New Mexico, he was riding rodeo south of the Mexican frontier by the age of five. I first saw him play in a small town in Texas, with a former dope-smuggling rancher friend of mine who gave Bingham his first real break by writing about him for a local cowboy music magazine.

Bingham went on to be a poster boy for American roots music, winning an Oscar, a Grammy and Golden Globe for his contribution to the Crazy Heart soundtrack, which in turn secured him status as darling of the Nashville music scene, and an album produced by T-Bone Burnett. I was expecting – and dreading – that his second UK tour might involve the O2.

Phew. Bingham seems to have renounced much of what was on offer, to the bewilderment of American reviewers who worry that “political statements” might “jeopardise his career”. Having left Burnett, his record label and studio, Bingham appeared in London with a band paying respect to his cowboy-rock roots. The musicians were happiest when off the leash, delivering polished but tempestuous rock’n’roll to drive Bingham’s songs on an insurgent new album – searing indictments of unjust and divided America, whether Obama won or not.

Of course, Bingham played to the crowd with his Oscar-winning The Weary Kind by way of an encore, and what has become a rollicking all-American favourite, Southside of Heaven. But the core of the set was his unrelenting Hard Times, which we should now see as having been the shape of things to come when it featured on early tours. The evening had hardly begun when we hit Western Shore, dedicated to “all the homeless kids living in streets and alleys, and I guess you have that here too”.

Those of us who already knew Flower Bomb, and its comfortless sketch of mass unemployment, hunger and medication for stress, did not necessarily know it had been inspired by Banksy’s mural of a boy throwing the same – it was sung with that raw voice Bingham has perfected, the sandpaper edge now turned to gravel and dust.

If he owed his early style to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, he seems recently to have consulted Rage Against the Machine, but with a smile as well as a scowl. Post-Oscar success, Bingham emerges on this tour not as the rising star mainstream America planned him to be, but something far more compelling: a counter-star, a truly great rock protest singer.

DPT: ‘Flower Bomb’ by Ryan Bingham (Live, Acoustic & HD)

Ed Vulliamy