Jukebox the Ghost – Tickets – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – March 16th, 2013

Jukebox the Ghost

Jukebox the Ghost

Matt Pond, The Spring Standards

Sat 3/16/13

8:00 pm

Jukebox the Ghost - (Set time: 10:35 PM)
Jukebox the Ghost
Brooklyn based Jukebox the Ghost is thrilled to announce the October 21st release of their self-titled fourth LP via their longtime label Yep Roc Records. The new album was recorded in LA with producers Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World,Jenny Owen Youngs) and Andrew Dawson (fun., Kanye West) and is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed LP Safe Travels. Rolling Stone’s Alex Pine caught some shots of the guys during the recording process this past May with Jukebox’s very own Jesse Kristin (drums) adding some commentary which you can check out here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/ghost-in-the-machine-jukebox-the-ghosts-studio-photo-diary-20140530.

Jukebox the Ghost features the incredibly catchy lead single “The Great Unknown,” which was co-written by Jukebox’s Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano) and Greg Holden (co-writer “Home” for Phillip Phillips). The single was released in June around the same time Yep Roc took the song to AAA Radio where it was #3 most added first week out. The band and the label were extremely excited this week with the news that “The Great Unknown” broke into AAA’s Top 40 – a first for Jukebox the Ghost – with key support from Lighting 100 in Nashville (WRLT), 101.9 KINK-FM in Portland and WXPN in Philly to name a few. The new single is also finding a few fans at Commercial Alternative with stations such as WRFF in Philly showing early support and inviting the band to join Bleachers earlier this month for their “Summer Block Party.”

In addition, the song caught the ear of a number of press tastemakers, such as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, who included “The Great Unknown” in a recent Playlist writing, “Robust piano chords and a chorus of voices lend a gospel-like buoyancy to this song about greeting life’s challenges.” It also was selected by So You Think You Can Dance on FOX for use in a very poignant and uplifting montage of dancers making their way into the Top 20. The single sales jumped 250% on iTunes the following week and trended on Shazam throughout the show.

Following the early June release of the single, Jukebox the Ghost, whose line-up is rounded out by Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar), hit the road with A Great Big World for a month of North American dates. In early July, they headed over to the UK for several dates before returning stateside where they’ve been playing a number of summer one-off shows such as the WRFF Summer Block Party earlier this month. And just last week the band headed to the West Coast again, this time to shoot the first official video for “The Great Unknown” using a small crew and some very cool drone cameras. Look for the new video in the player below.
Matt Pond - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Matt Pond
Matt Pond has already accomplished what fewrarely do. A career musician with a die-hard following that continues to grow with each album, and a resume that includes the title song for a motion picture soundtrack, a long running Starbucks holiday commercial with a hook that's always stuck in our heads, selling over 100,000 albums to date; his success is matched only by his prolific outpouring of talent. But Matt takes those things with a grain of salt, in 'Lives' he shows us what's really important.

With the new album, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hands, MattPond is stepping forward with striking honesty and humbling optimism and delivers his strongest work to date. And with this transformative record comes some distinct changes- removing the 'PA' that has accompanied his name for nearly a decade, his first official 'solo' release, and partnering with newlabel and longtime publishing partner, BMG Rights Management.

Matt Pond is able to slough off the dead skin, radiantly revealinghimself in his purest form- a feat many artists strive for, but rarely accomplish. The change symbolizes more than just coming out as an official solo act, it is also perhaps a symbol of letting go. Letting go of the places he's called home; he no longer belongs to Pennsylvania, or Brooklyn, or even thecabin in Bearsville, he is distinctly free from any earthly chains and whatremains is just Matt Pond. His final frontier is to "run wild within our clear blue minds" ('Human Beings'). The graceful departure gives Matt Pond both the freedom from, and acceptance of the limitations of being alive. The result is 'The Lives Inside the Lines in your Hands'.

'Lives' is an upbeat antidote to the pessimistic shift in the collective consciousness. It's an ode to the bittersweet reality that we are human, we are finite, and we are flawed. But in each song on this album, Matt Pond sources the beauty in all of it, even when it's not pretty, and delivers an indie rock album that's brimming with authenticity; Pond captures the sentiment perfectly in "Starlet": 'I know I know there's so much I don't know'. The album's first single "Love to Get Used", is a notably playful departure from what we've seen before. "Let's hang on to abandon and hope we lose control" Pond insists in the uptempo indie-pop track, "to be out in the open baby and let go of the ropes".

…And let go, he does. In a free-fall of spirit, Matt gets to the core of his own humanity, and we can't help but listen intently to see what he finds, because after all, it can sometimes be a frightening journey, a risk many of us aren't willing to take. "Hole in My Heart" strips down the frivolities and formalities that water down most songs about heartbreak, leaving us with a chillingly accurate, almost childlike description of the pain it causes, and a glimpse into the places he's stumbled in his own journey, when, as he puts it, "with eyes closed we dove into unknown". In the end, "The Lives Inside the Lines in your Hands" is a triumph against the paltry conditions we've all been forced to reckon with as a society. When times are tough though, art flourishes, and 'Lives' is ademonstration in how Pond is transcended by his art. "Someday I'll stop breathing," he says, "but I'll never stop singing."
The Spring Standards - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
The Spring Standards
The Spring Standards have been winning over audiences nationwide since their debut EP in 2008, a collaboration with Old '97s frontman Rhett Miller. Three fan-funded independent releases later they are going stronger than ever, attracting attention from NPR, Spin, Paste, New York Magazine and an ever-growing fanbase all over the world. Following their 2012 release, yellow//gold, they had the privilege of performing on Conan O'Brien, a feat nearly unheard of for an unsigned band. Appropriately, they were also named one of Pure Volume's 10 Best Unsigned Artists of 2012.

In May 2013 The Spring Standards released Live From Delaware, their first live album. They are currently working on an accompanying DVD which is due out in early 2014.
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
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