David Bazan’s new album Strange Negotiations will be released on Seattle’s Barsuk Records on May 24th, 2011. A North American tour in support of the record will begin June 1st in Salt Lake City, UT, and continue through mid July.

Bazan, the songwriter and driving force behind indie band Pedro the Lion, built a following and sold a couple hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project, Bazan found himself dealing with a crisis of faith and a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, producing two incredible pieces of work under his own name in the Fewer Moving Parts EP and the 2009 full-length Curse Your Branches.

Branches is considered by many to be a legitimate masterpiece, charting Bazan’s increasingly skeptical struggle with the precepts of the evangelical Christian world in which he was raised. NPR called it “an album of great music and great humanity.”

While Branches is intensely personal, Strange Negotiations focuses his energies toward the external, centering on his disappointment in the current state of accelerating American and global social fragmentation.

Strange Negotiations is the first full length Bazan has recorded with a band – the same band with which he toured relentlessly in support of Curse Your Branches – and the joy that he, Andy Fitts (bass), and Alex Westcoat (drums) take in playing these songs is beautiful.

Strange Negotiations track listing:

1. Wolves At The Door
2. Level With Yourself
3. Future Past
4. People
5. Virginia
6. Eating Paper
7. Messes
8. Don’t Change
9. Strange Negotiations
10. Won’t Let Go

SXSW 2011

March 10, 2011

No Undertow artists will be appearing at SXSW this year.

Centro-matic shows in Spain

February 24, 2011

Thu, March 31 : Barcelona @ Sidecar / A Quemarropa
Fri, April 01 :  Madrid @ Circulo de Bellas Artes
Sat, April 02 : A Coruña @ Mardigras

Jesse recently played a few shows opening for Norah Jones in South America. We have 3 tracks you can download for free, right HERE!

The Bottle Rockets will be playing a few shows with James McMurtry in March and April.

Thursday, Mar 24 : Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
Friday, Mar 25 : Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
Saturday, Mar 26 : The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
Sunday, Mar 27 : Hoogland Arts Center – Springfield, IL
Tuesday, Mar 29 : High Dive – Champaign, IL
Wednesday, Mar 30 : High Noon – Madison, WI
Thursday, Mar 31 : Pizza Luce – Duluth, MN
Friday, April 1 : 400 Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, Apr 2 : People’s Court – Des Moines, IA
Sunday, Apr 3 : Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

Cotton Jones New EP Feb 22

February 21, 2011

“Sit Beside Your Vegetables” will be out on February 22 and will included 4 brand new Cotton Jones songs.

1. down beside em
2. lune chatter
3. egg on a sea
4. good in every word

Rocky Votolato USA Tour Dates

February 18, 2011

Feb 18 : Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Feb 19 : Eugene, OR – John Henry’s #
Feb 21 : Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s #
Feb 22 : San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill #
Feb 23 : Fresno, CA – Neighborhood Cafe #
Feb 24 : San Diego, CA – The Casbah #
Feb 25 : Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction *
Feb 26 : West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour *
Feb 27 : Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room *
Mar 01 : Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ *
Mar 02 : Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory *
Mar 03 : Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom *
Mar 04 : Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe *
Mar 05 : Nashville, TN – Exit / In *
Mar 07 : Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn *
Mar 08 : Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds *
Mar 09 : Tampa, FL – New World Brewery *
Mar 10 : Orlando, FL – The Backbooth *
Mar 11 : Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern *
Mar 12 : Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
Mar 13 : Charlottsville, VA – The Southern *
Mar 15 : Washington DC – Black Cat *
Mar 16 : Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church *
Mar 17 : Hamden, CT – The Space *
Mar 18 : Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft @ The Chance *
Mar 19 : New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
Mar 20 : Cambridge, MA – Middle East – Downstairs *
Mar 22 : Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa *
Mar 23 : Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel *
Mar 24 : Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar *
Mar 25 : Chicago, IL – Subterranean *
Mar 26 : Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
Mar 28 : Denver, CO – Hi Dive %
Mar 29 : Provo, UT – Velour Live Music Gallery %
Mar 30 : Boise, ID – Neurolux %
Mar 31 : Seattle, WA – Neumo’s #
Apr 01 : Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo House of Music

* = w/ Matt Pond (of matt pond PA)
# = w/ Laura Gibson
% = w/ Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs

February 14, 2011

Tickets are on sale now. www.undertowtickets.com

Fri 3/18 – Spokane WA
Sat 3/19 – Missoula MT
Sun 3/20 – Bozeman MT
Tue 3/22 – Ft Collins CO – SOLD OUT
Wed 3/23 – Colorado Springs CO
Thu 3/24 – Omaha NE
Fri 3/25 – Iowa City IA – SOLD OUT
Sat 3/26 – Minneapolis MN – SOLD OUT
Sun 3/27 – Milwaukee WI – SOLD OUT
Tue 3/29 – Chicago IL – SOLD OUT
Wed 3/30 – Grand Rapids MI – SOLD OUT
Thu 3/31 – Cleveland OH – SOLD OUT
Fri 4/1 – Rochester NY – SOLD OUT
Sat 4/2 – Montpelier VT – SOLD OUT
Sun 4/3 – Allston MA – SOLD OUT
Tue 4/5 – Brooklyn NY – SOLD OUT
Wed 4/6 – Mechanicsburg PA – SOLD OUT
Thu 4/7 – Arlington VA – SOLD OUT
Fri 4/8 – Virginia Beach VA – SOLD OUT
Sat 4/9 – Alpharetta GA – SOLD OUT
Sun 4/10 – Nashville TN – SOLD OUT
Tue 4/12 – Birmingham AL
Wed 4/13 – New Orleans LA
Thu 4/14 – Baton Rouge LA – SOLD OUT
Fri 4/15 – Houston TX – SOLD OUT
Sat 4/16 – Denton TX – SOLD OUT
Sun 4/17 – Austin TX – SOLD OUT
Tue 4/19 – Tucson AZ
Wed 4/20 – Phoenix AZ
Thu 4/21 – San Diego CA – SOLD OUT
Fri 4/22 – Los Angeles CA – SOLD OUT
Sat 4/23 – Visalia CA
Sun 4/24 – Fremont CA – SOLD OUT
Tue 4/26 – Eureka CA – SOLD OUT
Wed 4/27 – Corvallis OR
Thu 4/28 – Portland OR – SOLD OUT

Snow Day

February 2, 2011

Our offices will be closed on Wednesday, February 2 due to a massive winter storm. We hope to be dug out and back to work very soon.

Undertow Music is pleased to announce that starting February 12, 2011,  Dolly Varden and Magnolia Summer will embark on a duo dual headlining acoustic tour through the United Kingdom. [click to continue…]