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FREE VINYL FRIDAY: Architects Graphic Novel Border Wars - Bombino NOMAD LP - Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas (tickets / vinyls / swag)

Bombino Tours North America This Winter in Support of Nonesuch Debut Nomad;
Stops Include Performance at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in NYC
Record named in Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2013 Mid-Year Report”
Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach

Catch Bombino live at The Magic Bag 
Sunday 11/24

Nonesuch Records released Tuareg guitarist, singer, and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s label debut, Nomad, this spring to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone gave the record four stars describing it as “a perfect match of sound and soul” and hailing Bombino as “a new guitar hero.” In June the record landed on the magazine’s “50 Best Albums of 2013 Mid-Year Report.” At the invitation of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who had become a fan of the Niger-born artist’s unique style of desert blues, Bombino and his band traveled to Nashville for the recording of Nomad, produced by Auerbach at his studio, Easy Eye Sound. Bombino will tour North America this winter including stops in Nashville, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York 

Born and raised in Niger, in and around the northern city of Agadez, Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa. The Tuareg people have fought the Niger government to secure their rights on numerous occasions, causing Bombino and his family to flee several times. During one such exile, relatives visiting from the front lines of the rebellion left behind a guitar, and Bombino began teaching himself to play it. He eventually studied with the renowned Tuareg guitarist Haja Bebe, who asked him to join his band, where he acquired the nickname Bombino—a variation on the Italian word for “little child.”

While living in Algeria and Libya in his teen years, Bombino’s friends played him videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, among others, which they watched over and over in an effort to master their licks. Bombino worked regularly as a musician and also as a herder in the desert near Tripoli, spending many hours alone watching the animals and practicing his guitar. Eventually, Bombino returned to Niger, where he continued to play with a number of local bands. As his legend grew, a Spanish documentary film crew helped Bombino record his first album, Group Bombino’s Guitars from Agadez Vol. 2, which became a local radio hit. Following the release of his 2011 solo album, Agadez, Bombino sold out venues across the U.S. and garnered the praise of outlets ranging from Pitchfork to NPR’s Fresh Air, whose critic Milo Miles called him “a young performer with the charisma and probing imagination to become the first Tuareg star.” 

Bombino North American Tour Dates
Wednesday, November 20, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC
Thursday, November 21, Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Saturday, November 23, Martyr’s, Chicago, IL
Sunday, November 24, Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
Wednesday, November 27, Thunderbird Café, Pittsburg, PA
Thursday, November 28, Measure, Toronto, ON
Friday, November 29, Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown, ON
Sunday, December 1, The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
Monday, December 2, Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI
Tuesday, December 3, The Hamilton, Washington, DC
Thursday, December 5, The Blockley, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, December 6, Zankel Hall, New York, NY

We have a few copies of NOMAD to giveaway
 for your chance to win

As a pop culture nerd, I'm really excited to tell you that The Architects will be performing in Detroit (Magic Stick) next Friday November 15th. The band is currently involved in an extremely unique project called Border Wars. When completed, the band will have paired five EP releases five with graphic novels which mirror the music. Episode One saw it release in early July.

We have a few copies of Border Wars to giveaway
 for your chance to win

We have a handful of free tickets as well as a pile of signed vinyls and swag 
email for your chance to win
you must include your full name and mailing address

(this is our 3rd giveaway
we have one more the week of the show)

Raised in the gritty Motor City of Detroit as a first-generation American, Jessica Hernandez has a raw strength to her voice, influenced by the likes of Gogol Bordello and Tom Waits. Whether she is singing heartfelt words about someone that has left this world too early, or belting out a danceable tune through a big smile, Hernandez is unforgettable… especially with the ultra-talented Deltas behind her.

Soulful yet powerful with a big boos from the Deltas horn section, the live performance of Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas is also not to be missed. 

vintage vinyl up for grabs

vintage vinyls up for grabs

With 2014 on its way, Detroit’s Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are going out with a bang as they cap things off with the final dates of their first nationwide tour and the November 12th release of their Demons EP, which we are excited to announce will be released with the band’s new label partner Instant Records.

"Finding a creative partner is like finding any other partner in life,” Jessica explained. “You search and search, get let down, surprised, creeped out, dumped, until one day you meet that perfect match. It felt like the hunt was over when I met Richard and everyone over at Instant. My new little family couldn't be a better fit."

Legendary producer, songwriter and record executive Richard Gottehrer founded Instant Records in the 1970s. The label borrows its name from Gottehrer’s original production company, under which he produced artists such as Blondie, the Go-Gos, Joan Armatrading and many others. Staying true to the company’s original vision of empowering women in music, Instant Records focuses on bringing innovative female recording artists to the forefront of the music scene.

When speaking of Jessica Hernandez, Gottehrer said, "Every now and then a voice comes along that speaks directly to us through the music. I felt it the first time I heard Jessica and believe it’s only a matter of time until she touches us all."

Comprised of five charismatic tracks, Demons highlights the raw strength of Jessica’s talent, influenced by the likes of Gogol Bordello and Tom Waits.  While the title track and “Big Town” emphasize her theatrical, borderless sound, “Caught Up” speeds things up with saucy vocals and a flirtatious beat. “Shadow Boy” is a dark, cinematic ballad that allows Jessica’s voice to truly shine, and “Picture Me With You (Carnie Threesome)” is a sultry song that rounds out the collection with its hypnotic riff and gypsy cabaret overtones. 

Listen to this track HERE.

Tour Dates

11/8 - Cincinnati, OH / MOTR Pub
11/9 - Rock Island, IL / Rozz Tox
11/11 - Burlington, IA / The Washington
11/12 - Minneapolis, MN / 7th Street Entry
11/13 - Madison, WI / Frequency
11/14 - Chicago, IL / Cobra Lounge (Dusty Grooves Night)
11/15 - Milwaukee, WI / Riverwest Public House Cooperative
11/16 - Grand Rapids, MI / Mulligan's Pub
11/27 - Detroit, MI / St. Andrew's Hall (presented by The River/CIDR)
12/4 - Columbus, OH / The Basement
12/5 - Lexington, KY / Cosmic Charlie's
12/6 - Atlanta, GA / The Earl
12/7 - Nashville, TN / The HiWatt
12/9 - St. Petersburg, FL / Local 662
12/10 - Orlando, FL / Will's Pub
12/12 - Chapel Hill, NC / Local 506
12/13 - Charlotte, NC / Evening Muse
12/14 - Baltimore, MD / Metro Gallery
12/15 - Philadelphia, PA / Milkboy