Friday, October 31, 2008



Great holy goodness, it’s NOVEMBER! Election month! Thankgsiving month, featuring babies in turkey costumes! Month of flaming fall foliage and mufflers and mittens and shorter days and longer nights. As per usual, there is MUY MUCH GOODNESS going on in the Riot Act family, which I shant preface at length but instead will, in the immortal words of Cherish, “DO IT TO IT.”

Firstly, Matt and Kim have officially announced the release of their amazing new LP, “Grand”!! Recorded over a nine-month period in Matt's childhood bedroom in Vermont, 'Grand' stands to be the duo's most compelling work to date. Matt self-produced the entire record paying attention to every detail with meticulous precision, achieving production that Matt and Kim had never had, yet every track is still very Matt and Kim. 'Grand' will be released Jan 20 2009 in conjunction with FADER label. The lightning in the bottle? Matt and Kim will be bringing their elated live show worldwide as they plan to tour nonstop throughout 2009. Contact

Jagjaguwar recording artists Women continue to tour the states in support of their eponymous debut CD, out now. The band killed it at CMJ, and have been killing it (does that meant that the “it” is double-dead?) on the road with King Khan and BBQ Show and Dungen. Women will tour throughout the Midwest and west coast this month, so keep checking the tours page for details on the band about whom Pitchfork says, “Women has the cool, hard weight of something created under duress. You're reminded of how This Heat recorded their songs in a meat factory; Women’s cover-- a creepily synchronized group tai chi exercise-- recalls the sleeves for Reagan-era punk, released at a time when everything seemed vaguely politicized.” Contact

Speaking of touring, Loch Lomond, Portland-based new additions to the Riot Act family, are touring the east coast with The Decemberists this month! The chamber pop septet, who just finished recording their stunning new LP at Type Foundry also just unveiled the new Alicia J. Rose-directed video for “Blue Lead Fences”, the debut single of their new album (release date and title TBD.) Creepily compelling and visually arresting, the lo-fi, hi-awesome video casts the band as a wayward cult headed to their certain watery doom. Contact

If you live in Baltimore, Philly, Seattle or Portland, you’re in superluck because Henry Owings is coming to your town on his book tour in support of “CHUNKLET Presents: Henry Owings’ Rock Bible”. Get yourself a copy of the hilarious rulebook that's full of dos and don’ts for musicians, wannabe musicians, and rock fans of all ages. It features essays from Patton Oswalt, Brian Teasley, and Andrew Earles--and the Rock Bible is available now via Quirk Books. There’s a tremendous new issue of Chunklet out, too! ( Contact

No one understands the complexities of modern life better than Eugene Mirman- claims comedian Eugene Mirman-and anyone seeking guidance from a man who has lived through everything (except the Great Depression, the Spanish-American War, and Jerry Lee Lewis's sex scandal) won't resist his charmingly hysterical guidebook, 'THE WILL TO WHATEVS: A Guide to Modern Life', out this February. He has written an absurdly funny book with advice on everything from how to find love, get a job, or make a baby cry (very easy) and much, much, much, much more. For those of you in Chicago, go to Lakeshore Theater on Nov 7 & 8 and become part of history when Eugene performs and records his new comedy album! Contact

Congratulations to The Seabellies, who came to the US and conquered CMJ! The Australian six piece played their first US show ever to a packed audience at the Fader Fort last Friday, leaving QRO Magazine no choice but to name The Seabellies "Best New Band"! Everywhere they played, they made immediate fans and lots of them, so good on ya, Seabellies! We shall see you next time. Please come back soon! Contact

Reggie Watts and Tom Allen are just two of the many, many talented comedians represented by the amazing Olivia Wingate Artists, both of whom made their mark last week in NYC. Reggie is featured in this month’s “Genius” issue of Esquire, and after one of his amazing CMJ performances, The Tripwire said: “Who is Reggie Watts and why have I never heard of this guy before? His performance was the essence of CMJ, the essence of discovery that the festival used to be known for. He was like Flight of the Concords meets Rahzel. This guy is a serious personality who I can see inhabiting the role of Michael Showalter and/or Rhys Darby sometime soon.” Tom Allen, winner of the BBC New Comedy Awards, was just over from the UK to perform his hilarious "A Voyage Around My Mother" to a full house at NY’s Upright Citizens Brigade. Keep checking for more news from the world of Matt McCarthy, John Roberts, God's Pottery, Adira Amram and more. Contact and about Olivia’s roster.

Actually, this falls under the “more” category: for lucky New Yorkers, on November 12th (8PM, Bowery Poetry Club), FATSMILES will incorporate the best in UK and US standup and video comedy with live music for a one-time only event. Each night will be unique event, with a new host and comedy collaborations, along with screening of new videos from acclaimed and emerging artists from around the world. Some past FATSMILES performances include: DAVID CROSS, SARAH SILVERMAN (the Sarah Silverman Program), TODD BARRY, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER (30 Rock), HEATHER LAWLESS (Be Kind Rewind), LEO ALLEN, EUGENE MIRMAN, JOHN MULANEY, LAURA KRAFFT (Colbert Report), CHELSEA PERETTI, REGGIE WATTS, GOD’S POTTERY, JOHN ROBERTS, KURT BRAUNOHLER and ADIRA AMRAM. Contact

Starflyer 59 just released the excellent new Dial "M" For Murder" LP, out now on Tooth and Nail. This is a gorgeous, deeply personal album for the band's vocalist, producer and songwriter, Jason Martin. Somber, yet reflective, mournful, yet hopeful, atmospheric and haunting, this is Martin at his sleeve–wearing finest--and the band has also taken a completely different turn in terms of production: instead of any sense of drive to the guitar sounds, SF59 goes the opposite direction, which proves to be a wondrous decision. Mr. M. and company rely heavily on assorted analog keys and synths, with a sprinklings of acoustic guitar (there are even tracks without any guitar at all---very different for SF59). Buzzgrinder says: "We got all tingly when we heard the album's first single, 'Brightest of the Head'." Contact

Origami Ghosts are gearing up for the January release of their new full-length, “Short Momentum”! Melodic, catchy, pop and soul hooks, quirky–good reverb–soaked vocal melodies, warm and sailing cello sounds, and thumping drum beats abound on the album, which was produced by Kevin Suggs (Cat Power, Goodness) and mastered by Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low, etc.) . The Paris-by way of Seattle-based band, fronted by pop mastermind Jean Paul Scesniak, will be announcing some dates soon, so stay tuned! Contact

That’s mostly it for now, friends! Whew--and until next time, adieu.

Madd love.
Joan & Sheila

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Chicago's Brighton MA release their debut full length 'Amateur Lovers' today on WIndy City label Loose Tooth Records! Sprung from the ashes of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Brighton MA is led by notable frontman and songwriter Matt Kerstein, who Chicago Innerview recently noted "has always been one of the most talented songwriters in Chicago, bar none.” WIth 'Amateur Lovers', BMA take it up a notch with an lp penned by Kerstein and his fellow former SYGC bandmates which tells of struggle and confusion, hope and redemption, shifting mid-album from a lightness to a darkness. An album which MusicFor-Robots recently noted as having “Everything is in its place, but satisfyingly askew.”  Brighton MA just played a smashing set at CMJ and look forward to their upcoming November shows in support of 'Amateur Lovers'.

11/4 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *free
11/5 - St Louis, MO @ Cicero's
11/6 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indy CD and Vinyl –Instore, 5pm
11/6 - Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
11/7 - Madison, WI @ Café Montmartre
11/9 – Chicago, IL @ Reckless Records, Wicker Park Instore, 4pm
12/13 - Chicago, IL @ Cubby Bear *WXRT Local Anesthetic Event

Monday, October 27, 2008


Happy release day, Starflyer 59!!! "Dial "M" For Murder", out today on Tooth and Nail (10-28-08), is a gorgeous, deeply personal album for the band's vocalist, producer and songwriter, Jason Martin.

Somber, yet reflective, mournful, yet hopeful, atmospheric and haunting, this is Martin at his sleeve–wearing finest--and the band has also taken a completely different turn in terms of production: instead of any sense of drive to the guitar sounds, SF59 goes the opposite direction, which proves to be a wondrous decision. Mr. M. and company rely heavily on assorted analog keys and synths, with a sprinklings of acoustic guitar (there are even tracks without any guitar at all---very different for SF59).

Buzzgrinder says: "We got all tingly when we heard the album’s first single, 'Brightest of the Head'."

Soul Audio says: "OIt’s an album that draws you in from beginning to end, inviting you on the journey, the musings, the memorials, everything that Martin wants to share with the listener. It’s a must-own for anyone who is a fan of thoughtful, well crafted rock music and a sign that Martin is far from being past his prime."


Look for the band soon in Alternative Press, Skyscraper, Cokemachineglow, Buzzgrinder and more! For interviews, etc., contact


October 27, 2008. Portland, OR: Loch Lomond, long a fixture of the Portland music landscape, is unveiling the debut music video from their upcoming full-length (title TBD), “Blue Lead Fences”, today on both YouTube and the band’s website,

Shot entirely on Super 8 over a lush August weekend at Milo Mciver State Park in Estacada, Oregon, the video is an eerie lo-fi masterpiece casting the co-ed chamber pop septet as a wayward cult on a determined journey toward a watery end. The directorial debut of music industry veteran and acclaimed photographer Alicia J. Rose (, the video is visually arresting — saturated with muted pastels - and haunting in its rhythmic serenity, right down to the moment of doom.

“Blue Lead Fences” is a perfectly-timed video debut, as Loch Lomond is embarking as main support on an East Coast tour with hometown comrades The Decemberists starting on December 5th at Terminal 5 in New York City. The band has just finished recording their newest and as yet untitled full-length at Type Foundry in Portland, with engineer/studio owner Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Western) and producer and Loch Lomond bassist Dave Depper. “Blue Lead Fences” is the album’s first single, and is a gorgeous and dark meditation, replete with staccato violins, soaring choral melodies, and vocalist Ritchie Young’s signature thunderous-then-glassy-fragile leads.


11/5 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11/6 Boston, MA - The Orpheum
11/7 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory 

11/8 Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live

11/9 Ithaca, NY - Cornell University, Barton Hall

11/11 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre

11/24 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

11/25 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre

11/29 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

Thursday, October 16, 2008


As you all know, CMJ hits next week and Riot Act has some awesome acts heading to NYC so take note! I will also be in town for the festivities and I will most certainly be hitting a ton of shows, hope to see you at some of these...

Fri 10/24 @ FADER Fort, 3pm
Fri 10/24 @ 92Y , 9pm
Sat 10/25 @ The Bell House, 8pm
Mon 10/27 @ Pianos, 9:30pm
“An incredibly entertaining live act” – The Herald

Thurs 10/23 @ Arlene Grocery, 10pm
"Rising from the ashes of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, these locals put an anthemic spin on Dylan and Wilco circa Mermaid Ave" - Time Out Chicago

Tues 10/21 @ Bitter End 
“If Christianity were always this funny, I'd go to church" - The Guardian

Wed 10/22 - After The Jump Festival @ Knitting Factory, 11pm
Fri 10/24 @ Pianos, 5pm
"dazzlingly raw, slinky and tough" - Metro Times

Sat 10/25 @ Rehab, 11pm
"Canada's Best Kept Secret" - MTV

Sat 10/25 @ Upright Citizens Brigade, 7:30
Winner of the BBC New Comedy Awards and So You Think You’re Funny Fresh from Radio 4’s Bleak Expectations and The Correspondent

Sun 10/19 @ Cake Shop
Tues 10/21 @ Cake Shop Pop Tarts Suck Toasted Party
Tues 10/21 @ Cake Shop KCRW Party
Wed 10/22 @ Cake Shop Terrorbird Party
Wed 10/22 @ Cake Shop Subbacultcha! Showcase
Thurs 10/23 @ Don Pedro's Party
Fri 10/24 @ Market Hotel Tood P NYC Party
Sat 10/25 @ Glasslands Paste/ R5 Party
Women has the cool, hard weight of something created under duress. You're reminded of how This Heat recorded their songs in a meat factory; Women’s cover-- a creepily synchronized group tai chi exercise-- recalls the sleeves for Reagan-era punk, released at a time when everything seemed vaguely politicized."- Pitchfork

Thurs 10/23 @ Crash Mansion, 7pm
Fri 10/24 @ Ace Of Clubs, midnight
"So cheerily unpretentious, it's almost irresistible" - SPIN

Tues 10/21 @ Santos Party House
Thurs 10/23 @ Webster Hall
Fri 10/24 @ Le Royale
"Best Party Band" - SF Weekly

Thursday, October 2, 2008



The leaves are turning, the candy's on sale, and the many—splendored fruits of our artists' labors are being harvested this month at Riot Act! Holy stromboli, is there lots to talk about.

Portlanders are lucky, because on October 18th, ALL GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND is playing their record release show for their brand—new, self—released full length, Looking Into It, at Backspace! AGSFB aren't going to be playing many shows, so get yrself to this one in order to see jams from the record about which Pitchfork noted, "AGSFB are at their best when blowing through their songs with freight—train velocity, bouncing along with their plucky bass throb and joyously wild drumming". Contact joan [at]

THE COAST just wrapped their US tour (which included shows with buddies Tokyo Police Club, Dressy Bessy and Born Ruffians ) in support of their amazing first full length, Expatriate, and now have their sights set on Europe where they are off to next! Fear not though, the four Toronto gents will be back for some more US shows, including CMJ and some early November dates. Contact sheila [at]

Get ready, America. THE SEABELLIES are soon to make their debut on your shores! The six piece from New South Wales, Australia are anxious to
arrive in NYC for their first shows for US audiences. The Seabellies, who have played down under with the likes of Beck and Gnarls Barkley and who The Herald call "An incredibly entertaining live act" and Beat Magazine say play "Fevered pop with a fierce romantic heart" have a nice line up of shows during CMJ and will be sharing stages with Blackstrap and Radio 4. This is the band you will be talking about that you saw "back when". Promise. Contact sheila [at]

Jagjaguwar artists WOMEN release their self—titled debut full—length on October 7th, and have a massive number of worldwide tour dates booked in support of the release! The band is set to tour the US this October and November, playing some dates with Dungen, King Khan & BBQ Show, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Beets. Listen to their "Black Rice" single at Myspace , and understand why Pitchfork says of the band, "noisy jangle straddles the 1960s' divide between the Warhol crowd's speed—addled New York cynicism and the echoes of psychedelic San Francisco that bubbled up across the pond in the fey, catchy pop of UK groups like the Zombies." Contact joan [at]

STARFLYER 59 are releasing their newest full—length, Dial M For Murder, on Tooth and Nail October 28th! Songwriter Jason Martin's newest is perhaps his most personal and introspective record to date; it's Starflyer 59 at its heart—on—sleeve—wearing finest. It's somber, reflective, mournful and hopeful, and is heavy on the analog keys and synths, with only sprinkles of acoustic guitar. Dates will be announced soon, so stay tuned! Contact joan [at]

Happy Record Release Week, MUSÉE MÉCANIQUE! 'Hold This Ghost' is now available on Frog Stand Records and the Portland group is on tour now in support of it. Reports from the road find Musee Mecanique and their stageful of glockenspiels, accordions, pianos, musical saws, strings, woodwinds, and garage synthesizers inspiring awe from the audiences. A "Dreamlike" album (Venus) and equally breathtaking live show "Like the French duo Air, Musée Mécanique creates far—reaching songs out of a host of disparate instruments" (Willamette Week). Contact sheila [at]

AT THE SPINE are about to play their record release show for Vita (Global Seepej) on October 10th at the Sunset in their hometown of Seattle! Seattle Weekly explains of the record, which was crafted after singer Mike Toschi experienced the trials and tribulations of living in Europe as a Bush administration—era American, "Just as the European lifestyle moves at a slower pace than Americans are accustomed to, crossing continents slowed things down for At the Spine frontman Mike Toschi as well. Vita is definitely the band's quietest record to date, and while the revolutionary, introspective lyrics and badass breakdowns are still present, they, too, travel at a more leisurely pace." More dates should be announced soon! Contact joan [at]

POLITE SLEEPER are playing in Brooklyn at Southpaw on October 15th before heading off to Europe! You don't want to miss the band, a post—folk mess with a live reputation that shakes like Elvis. From folk to country and the proud scars of punk, the band turns soft lullabies and the occasional sing—a—long into a spectacle no one ever expects from an acoustic trio. Check our TOURS PAGE for more info! Contact joan [at]

Hey NY peeps! Tune in to Good Day New York / Fox 5 Thursday, October 2 to catch the amazing John Roberts. You know him from his brilliant YouTube sketches, and I almost guarantee you have forwarded his videos to your friends, including Kelly "Let me borrow that top!" and "Shoes!" and his Emmy and Christmas Tree—proud Mom——now you'll see the brilliant talent behind the wigs. And joining him on—set? His Mom! Contact sheila [at]

Comedian Reggie Watts was just featured in the "Genius" issue of Esquire, on newsstands 11/1! Look for him at Joe's Pub in NYC on October 12th with Kristen Schaal. More news on Reggie coming soon! Contact joan [at]

FENCES are set to self—release their debut, "The Ultimate Puke EP", which is a hauntingly beautiful thing, expertly and effortlessly written. Conjured and recorded in songwriter Chris Mansfield's apartment, each song is plaintive and soulfully raw in the way the best spontaneous songs are—they're melodies with immediacy and urgency. You can hear just how close the mouth is to the mic on "The Knees": Mansfield is near whisper as his beloved slept in the adjacent room. Quiet and delicate though some parts of Fences' music may be, the music is a stark contrast to Chris's seemingly tough exterior. More shows will be announced soon—for now, their CD release show is October 2nd at Chop Suey in Seattle! Their powerful, intimate, tough live show is not to be missed. Contact joan [at]

BRIGHTON, MA will be kicking off their tour on October 11 with a huge Record Release Show at Chicago's Metro! Led by the incredible Matt Kerstein (Scotland Yard Gospel Choir), who Chicago Innerview recently noted "has always been one of the most talented songwriters in Chicago,
bar none", Brighton MA have announced tour dates in support of their debut full length, 'Amateur Lovers' which includes a stop at the DayTrotter studios to record a session. Until the album's Oct 28 release, you can help yourself to a free download of the single "Underground" at the band's site and check out their Rhapsody Originals. Contact sheila [at]

Funny lady Adira Amram is performing a one—woman show called "Adira Amram is: An American Idol" at Ars Nova in NYC October 8th! The show is a Pop Comedy spectacle featuring a live band and real live backup dancers! Donned in outfits that tip the scale of fabulocity, Adira Amram and her gang will rock you. Get ready to get leotarded. Contact joan [at]

If you have not seen THE INTERIORS onstage yet, get thee to their shows! They are on tour now ripping it up on stages across the east and are heading south for their first time. The crowds just keep growing at every show as The Interiors fire through their sets with a guitar—driven ferocity. See for yourself here!
then get to their shows to see for yourself live! Contact sheila [at]

HENRY OWINGS is announcing his first round of appearances on this fall's book tour in support of Chunklet Presents: Henry Owings' ROCK BIBLE (Quirk Books). Aside from having just published the latest (and 20th!) issue of Chunklet, releasing an incredible split 7" from Zach Galifianakis and Ted Leo, and all manner of other awesome endeavors, Henry's hitting Seattle, Portland, Philly, Baltimore, Chicago and other towns soon in support of the book! Also, Chunklet Magazine is throwing down this October for their 15th anniversary ——The 15th Anniversary Shindig Extravaganza Events are to be held October 10 and 11 at the fabulous 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. The first event, on Friday the 10th, will feature comedian Brent Weinback and Deerhunter with special guests Twin Tigers (Athens, GA) and Gentlemen Jesse and His Men (Atlanta, GA). The second night will pair Brian Posehn with Atlanta's Mastodon with special guest LA's It's Casual. Check our TOURS PAGE for details, and order your copy of the Rock Bible now via! Contact joan [at]

New York, you are lucky to be the host of an amazing concert! October 7th, The Music Hall of Williamsburg will host the BARACKROCK BENEFIT featuring a great number of comedians from Olivia Wingate Artists as well as some awesome music! Performing will be Eugene Mirman, Adira Amram, Kumail Nanjiani, Lizz Winstead, John Roberts, Martin Bisi, The Fiery Furnaces, ALINA SIMONE, Andrew Bird, Guster, Heather Lawless, Les Savy Fav Acoustic Spectacular, Josh Hamilton, and Super Special Secret Musical Guests (order of appearance tba). ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN! There'll be the Stage for Change, where 7 Musical Acts and 7 Speaking Acts will be Hyping the Hope. There'll be the Obama Room where you can watch the debate, register to vote, and sign up for Specific Volunteer Actions! Let's make these last days count! Buy Tickets at the Mercury Lounge or MHOW Box Offices, or online. COMEDY! MUSIC! ACTION! Contact sheila [at]

INTIMIDNATION plush artist Laura Granlund has a show in San Francisco opening October 10th called "Monster Rally"! The show, which is at Gallery 1988, is (you guessed it) monster—themed, and is not to be missed. One of Ms. Granlund's pieces is an amazing six—legged plush alligatoresque monster. That same day, Granlund's work will be featured as a Seattle show called "Plush You!" opens. She's created a hilariously wonderful creature called Pucker Duck, which is a multicolored puckering duck made of fleece and felt. Contact joan [at]

SAY HI, aka Eric Elbogen, is currently throwin' down on a full US tour! If you haven't caught him yet as he plays in support of his latest release, The Wishes and The Glitch (Euphobia Records), now's the time indeed. He'll be headed down the east coast, into the south and back up to the pacific northwest this fall! Harp Magazine online said of Say Hi live, "he mixture of electro beats, simple yet catchy sequences and hypnotic drumming combined with Elbogen's tongue in cheek lyrics (who else signs about meeting a girl in the Laundromat and commenting that her "soap technique is pretty ill"?) and flawless delivery made for a great performance." Contact joan [at]

MISS TK AND THE REVENGE are also playing live this month—check our TOURS PAGE for details! If you haven't seen the powerhouse go—go goodness that is MTKR, we urge you to attend. Warning: bring yr dancing shoes; these shows will be total throw—downs. Contact joan [at]