David Bazan: guitar, vocals. Blake Wescott: guitar, backing vocals, Andy Fitts: bass, backing vocals. Alex Westcoat: drums.

Sept 6 : Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Fest
Sept 10 : Boise ID – Neurolux
Sept 11 : Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge
Sept 12 : Denver CO – Larimer Lounge
Sept 14 : Omaha NE – The Waiting Room
Sept 15 : Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
Sept 16 : Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall
Sept 17 : Detroit MI – Magic Stick
Sept 18 : Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace
Sept 19 : Montreal QC – Il Motore
Sept 21 : Burlington VT – Club Metronome
Sept 22 : Cambridge MA – TT The Bear’s Place
Sept 24 : Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Sept 25 : Washington DC – Black Cat
Sept 26 : Charlottesville VA – The Southern
Sept 27 : Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sept 28 : Atlanta GA – The Earl
Oct 01 : Jacksonville FL – Jack Rabbits
Oct 02 : Orlando FL – The Social
Oct 03 : Tallahassee FL – The Engine Room
Oct 05 : Birmingham AL – The Bottletree
Oct 06 : New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks
Oct 09 : Austin TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 11 : Lubbock TX – Jake’s
Oct 12 : Albuquerque NM – Launchpad
Oct 13 : Tucson AZ – Club Congress
Oct 15 : Los Angeles CA – Spaceland
Oct 16 : San Diego CA – Casbah
Oct 17 : San Luis Obispo CA – Downtown Brewing Co.
Oct 18 : San Francisco CA – The Independent

The Mynabirds will be opening 9/16 – 10/6.

Welcome, Laarks!

June 3, 2010

We are pleased to announce the addition of Laarks to our management roster. Laarks features current and former members of Amateur Love, DeYarmond Edison, Land of Talk, Peter Wolf Crier, The Softrocks, and Sic Transit Gloria. Their debut album, An Exaltation of Laarks, was released on Absolutely Kosher Records on November 3, 2009. Please contact Caleb Palma for more info.

“After a casual listen, it might be easy to lump Rocky Votolato in with the downtrodden likes of Conor Oberst and Elliott Smith. But his songwriting is a bit more triumphant than theirs: Votolato would rather pull himself out of a gutter than wallow in it, focusing instead on the victory before the misery.

In ‘Red River,’ the muddy bass and lean drums aren’t flashy, but they make a sturdy soapbox for Votolato and his guitar. Smoky vocals place a sedate mask on his words, making them easy to swallow. The story builds up to the implied suicide of a brother who’s tortured by his war-torn past, while the chorus pumps its fists, chanting, ‘I’ve been searching for the waves that carried us home / To the ocean we all came from, where we’ll all be returned.’ It’s an acceptance of death as an eventuality, self-inflicted or otherwise.

Though Votolato doesn’t come off as particularly religious, he’s clearly reaching for something greater than himself here. It might be spiritual or it might be physical, but whatever it is, he seems at peace in the knowledge that it’s where we’re all headed.”

-Anthony Fantano, NPR Music

David Bazan and his band will be playing at the ACL Music Festival on Saturday, October 9th. The full line-up has been announced and single day tickets are on sale now.

Rocky Votolato performs “Silver Trees” for One Day’s Wages.  Rocky is donating 10% of the royalties of his new album, True Devotion, to the movement of ODW and 100% of this will go to projects to alleviate extreme global poverty. You can purchase True Devotion via iTunes (download) or Barsuk (mail).

Check this really cool video for Steve Dawson’s song Preaching To The Choir.

SXSW 2010

March 15, 2010



David Bazan and his band will be headed out on tour in the USA in March and April with the Headlights.

03/03/10 Wed – Salem OR – Ike Box
03/04/10 Thu – Eugene OR – Sam Bond’s Garage
03/05/10 Fri – Sacramento CA – Blue Lamp
03/06/10 Sat – Visalia CA – Cellar Door
03/07/10 Sun – Santa Barbara CA – Soho
03/08/10 Mon – Long Beach CA – Alex’s Bar
03/09/10 Tue – Las Vegas NV – Beauty Bar
03/10/10 Wed – Phoenix AZ – Sail Inn
03/12/10 Fri – Norman OK – The Opolis
03/13/10 Sat – Springfield MO – Gallery Sounds
03/14/10 Sun – St Louis MO – Old Rock House
03/15/10 Mon – Newport KY – Southgate House
03/17/10 Wed – Nashville TN – Exit/In
03/18/10 Thu – Asheville NC – Grey Eagle
03/19/10 Fri – Columbia SC – New Brookland Tavern
03/20/10 Sat – Richmond VA – Alley Katz
03/21/10 Sun – Baltimore MD – The Ottobar
03/22/10 Mon – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
03/23/10 Tue – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/27/10 Sat – Grantham PA – Messiah College
03/28/10 Sun – Columbus OH – The Basement
03/29/10 Mon – Bloomington IN – The Bishop
03/30/10 Tue – Grand Rapids MI – Calvin College
04/01/10 Thu – Iowa City IA – The Mill
04/02/10 Fri – Urbana IL – Canopy Club
04/03/10 Sat – DeKalb IL – House Cafe
04/04/10 Sun – Milwaukee WI – Pabst
04/05/10 Mon – St. Paul MN – Turf Club
04/06/10 Tue – Fargo ND – The Aquarium
04/08/10 Thu – Missoula MT – The Palace
04/09/10 Fri – Spokane WA – Empyrean
04/10/10 Sat – Bellingham WA – Western Washington University

* Headlights will be opening March 3 – April 5.

“True Devotion sees Votolato stripping down his arrangements and baring his soul via a 10-song collection of nearly flawless compositions. FOUR STARS” – Alternative Press

There was a printing error in the printed version of AP that showed a 2 1/2 star rating with the album review. The actual star rating is 4 stars. AP was quick to fix the mistake in their web edition. But could not get it corrected in time for the printed version. They deeply regret the error and any confusion this may have caused.

Read the entire review here.

Undertow is pleased to announce the addition of Barsuk recording artist, Rocky Votolato, to our management roster.

In his decade-plus life as a songwriter and musician he has sought to articulate something essential about life, writing songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost. His gravelly, sandpaper smooth voice and introspective lyrics mark him as that most rare of punk-rocker-turned-acoustic-troubadours: Votolato writes graceful, understated, human, unpretentious songs, demonstrating that simplicity is still a viable option for accomplished songwriters.

Reserve your copy of his latest album, True Devotion, between now and February 23rd and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a private house show for you and 20 of your closest friends! Also, three runners-up will win a signed copy of the record and free concert tickets.

Everyone who pre-orders the CD will get to hear it NOW, via immediate access to a full-album digital stream, and will receive with their order a bonus 7″ single (while supplies last).

Be sure to check the latest tour dates so you can see Rocky Votolato in your city.

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