SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 3, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Curates Dogfish Head / Blurt Magazine Party Wednesday, March 12 1-7p @ The Ginger Man
Featuring Amy Ray, Nicole Atkins, Basia Bulat, The Autumn Defense, Haley Bonar, Leah Mason w/ Brendan Benson, Future Monarchs w/ Pat Sansone and Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag
Toolshed, Inc. brings you its very first day party on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 1:00 – 7:00PM in Austin, TX at The Ginger Man. In collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewery and Blurt Magazine, this day party will highlight some of the best Toolshed artists of the past few years, as well as some new faces.
1:00 – 1:30 Future Monarchs (w/ Pat Sansone from Wilco/Autumn Defense)
1:45 – 2:15 Leah Mason w/ Brendan Benson
2:30 – 3:00 Haley Bonar
3:15 – 3:45 The Autumn Defense (includes Pat and John from Wilco)
4:00 – 4:30 Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag (of Squirrel Nut Zippers)
4:45 – 5:15 Basia Bulat
5:30 – 6:00 Nicole Atkins
6:15 – 6:45 Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls)
Amy Ray is currently promoting her first country album Goodnight Tender, out now on Daemon Records. While many know her as one half of the Indigo Girls, Ray has made a name for herself as a solo artist, debuting in 2001 with the punk/rock effort Stag, and since then she’s released albums that push the boundaries of her songwriting, and include some wonderful guest artists, like Kelly Hogan, Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), The Butchies, Brandi Carlile, Jim James and more.
Listen: Duane Allman
Nicole Atkins is a neon noir tour de force chanteuse of hi-def late-night pop. Nicole’s just released Slow Phaser, which presents a more modern side of the singer than her now-classic 2007 debut Neptune City (the title track of which was also released acoustically to benefit Hurricane Sandy survivors). Simultaneously bittersweet and life affirming, Slow Phaser comes out on her own Oh’Mercy! Records, funded via a successful PledgeMusic campaign.
Listen: Girl You Look Amazing
Last fall, Canadian folk singer/songwriter Basia Bulat released her third album Tall Tall Shadow to widespread acclaim, with the New York Times writing, “[the album] confronts tides of loss and alienation with quiet resilience.” Co-produced by Tim Kingsbury (of Arcade Fire) and Mark Lawson, it’s Basia’s most impressive offering to date, with many takes recorded live with a full band, giving a fleshed-out and cinematic soundscape to the album that marks her evolution as a songwriter
Listen: Tall, Tall Shadow
Haley Bonar recently announced her fifth full length record, Last War, due out May 20th via Savannah, GA’s Graveface Records. Bonar takes a darker sonic direction on the forthcoming album; a direction that envelopes her songs in lush, brooding soundscapes that feature hard driving rhythm sections, soaring synths and snarling guitars. The cherry on top: special guest Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir) appears on two tracks adding his ethereal vocal harmonies to “From A Cage” and “Eat for Free”
Listen: Last War
Recorded on the fly between Wilco tours, The Autumn Defense multi-instrumentalists and producers Pat Sansone and John Stirratt deliver confident grooves underpinning exquisite harmonies and carefully layered guitar chimes on their recently released Fifth. After already touring Japan and the US this year, Sansone will join The Zombies for a tour in April and reunite with Stirratt for the Autumn Defense’s first tour of Spain in May.
Listen: None of This Will Matter
UK-based vocal powerhouse Leah Mason was scooped up as soon as labels heard the music that came out of this pint-sized artist. Mason teamed up with Raconteur Brendan Benson, who produced the tracks for her upcoming Readymade Records release in 2014, and Benson will perform with Mason at the party.
Listen: Toes (video)
Future Monarchs‘ upcoming full-length album is one built around eclecticism and individuality. The artistic respect that songwriters Bobby Lord and Jake Anderson share towards one another is the underlying glue that holds the album together. Lord’s style is one with polished, hook-infused pop, layered with synthesis and arpeggiators, on top of pulsing grooves. Contrarily, Anderson’s songs tend to be a bit more raw and organic. They utilize acoustic instrumentation and melancholic melodies that breathes a sense of earnest romanticism. Both writers express their love of 60’s British Invasion, Laurel Canyon Folk, and 90’s power pop. Yet, staying true to classic songwriting structure, these styles blend seamlessly.
Listen: Weird Weather EP
As the lead singer of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tom Maxwell has sold over three million albums worldwide. He resurfaces with his forthcoming album Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag after a ten-year hiatus from recording. Produced by Mike Napolitano (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Andrew Bird, Joseph Arthur) and featuring Ani DiFranco on vocals on two tracks, Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag are making their SXSW debut this year.
Listen: Blow Wolf