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New The Head and the Heart Video for “Summertime”

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The Head and the Heart released a brand new music video today for single “Summertime” off 2013’s Let’s Be Still. The video, an adorable stop-motion film from the band’s Sub Pop labelmate Chad VanGaalen, premiered on Stereogum and is available for your viewing pleasure. Check the story after the video, as well as a list of tour dates that kick off TOMORROW!

The Head and the Heart have debuted the striking and extraordinary animated video for “Summertime” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epHNCodFxL8) off the band’s sophomore effort, Let’s Be Still released on Sub Pop last October. The video was made by Canadian-based musical and creative force Chad VanGaalen, whose album Shrink Dustcame out just last week on the same Seattle label. Charity Rose Thielen, the song’s siren, who has a reputation for bringing down the house during the band’s raucous live performances, had a vision for the visuals to accompany the song.
 
“I have long been a fan of stop-motion animation, specifically the charming 80’s plasticine series, “Frog and Toad Are Friends”, which I adored growing up.” Explained Charity Rose. “Knowing of fellow Sub Pop artist, Chad VanGaalen’s creative mind, I was so excited to bring “Summertime” to his visual table.”
 
“Summertime” (http://www.stereogum.com/1679550/the-head-and-the-heart-summertime-video-dir-chad-vangaalen-stereogum-premiere/video/) premiered this morning on Stereogum who had this to say about the video and the song:
 
“(“Summertime) marks violinist and backup singer Charity Rose Thielen’s first go-round on lead vocals with the band. Her influence is a big reason why “Summertime” became such a refreshing departure for a band that typically trades in roots-rock. Even without VanGaalen’s wild animations, it would hit like a flash of color.”
 
Currently the band is on tour in North America, with shows slated for Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Boston Calling, The Hollywood Bowl, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and more in the coming months. Full list of tour dates below.

5/6 Miami, FL @ Filmore Miami Beach
5/7 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
5/8 Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
5/10 Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
5/23 Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts
5/24 Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
5/25 Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
5/26 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
5/28 Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theater
5/29 Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium
5/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
5/31 Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Art & Music Festival
6/2 Richmond, VA @ The National
6/3 Richmond, VA @ The National
6/4 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
6/6 Norfolk, VA @ Town Point Park
6/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Piazza at Schmidts
6/8 New York, NY @ Randall’s Island Park
6/11 Charlotte, NC @ Filmore Charlotte
6/12 North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts
6/12-15 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
6/29 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/30 Honolulu, HI @ Republik
8/2 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/8 Squamish, Canada @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/10 Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
8/11 San Diego, CA @ North Park Theater
8/12 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
8/14 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
8/16 Omaha, NE @ Maha Festival
8/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
8/29 Ketchum, ID @ River Run Lodge
8/30 Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheater
9/2 Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Festival Pavilion
9/3 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
9/5 Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
9/20 Shakopee, MN @ Festival Palomino
10/3-5 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/10-12 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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