new videos, shows, news, etc !
The Prids video for Fragile (which is video #3 from their newest record, Chronosynclastic) is up today at My Old Kentucky Blog here. The video shot mainly out on the road shows some precious and vivid images of the band on and off stage.  To help celebrate, for this 1 day we’ve made the download of the record available for only $5.99. Get it here. If you don’t have it, now is the time  !

Seryn is just at the tail end of their Feb. tour, in support of their latest ‘This Is Where We Are’. They return home to Texas to support The Walkmen in Dallas, and then they are off to play the Paste Magazine and KVRX shows at SXSW, and the 35 Conferette Festival w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dr. Dog, Local Natives, etc. Dates are at the bottom.  Also the beautiful 180 gram, white vinyl 12″ of their new record is almost done ! + it comes w/ a download card inside.  You can pre-order it from us here.
Birds & Batteries are getting ready to hit the road again in support of ‘Panorama’. + they have a new video that will be releasing next week. They are playing Noise Pop, SXSW, 35 Conferette, Mission Creek, and Switchboard Festival so be sure to catch them if you can. cd / lp / digital all out now.
Winter’s Fall, the newest members of the VBM family had their new record ‘At All Angles’ come out last week, with glowing reviews. Their new video debuted at QRO here. They head out on tour next week too !  Pick up the new record, and go see them if you can.  People call it Blitzen Trapper melts into Interpol ?
All the releases + a bunch more available from us here : www.velvetbluemusic.com
The Prids
02/23  Jackson, TN @ Downtown Tavern
02/24  Oxford, MS @ Blind Pig
02/25  Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s
03/01  Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern
03/05  Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater w/ The Walkmen
03/06  Ft. Worth, TX @ The Modern w/ Bosque Brown
03/10  Denton, TX @ 35 Conferette w/ Local Natives, Dr. Dog
03/17  Austin, TX @ SXSW Paste Magazine Show w/ Sarah Jaffe, J. Masics
03/19  Austin, TX @ KVRX Show w/ Castanets
03/24  Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
03/26  San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
05/20  Dallas, TX @ Dallas Museum of Art

Birds & Batteries  velvetbluemusic.com/bandb

02/25  San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop Festival w/ The Concretes, No Age, Ted Leo
03/04  San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
03/05  Tucson, AZ @ Plush
03/06  Alb., NM @ Launchpad
03/08  Lubbock, TX @ Bash’s Riprock
03/09  Ft. Worth, TX @ Lola’s w/ Telegraph Canyon
03/10  Denton, TX @ 35 Confrette w/ Pains of Being, Dr. Dog, Local Natives
03/11  Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03/12  New Orleans @ Foburg Music Festival w/ Das Racist, Ra Ra Riot, Toro Y Moi
03/16  Austin, TX @ SXSW – Team Clermont Show
03/18  Austin, TX @ SXSW – The Tap Room
03/19  Austin, TX @ SXSW – Palm Door 
03/20  Ft. Worth, TX @ The Warehouse w/ Telegraph Canyon
03/22  Tulsa, OK @ Crystal Pistol
03/23  Kansas City @ The Record Bar
03/24  Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
03/25  Minneapolis, MN @ Nick and Eddie  w/ Zoo Animal
03/26  Eau Claire, WI @ House of Rock w/ Laarks
03/27  Chicago, IL @ The Whistler
03/28  Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival w/ Guided by Voices,Das Racist
03/29  Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room Lounge
03/30  Denver, CO @ High Dive
04/01  Flagstaff, AZ @ Hotel Monte Vista
04/02  Los Angeles, CA @ Pehr Space w/ Kissing Cousins
04/03  San Francisco, CA @ Switchboard Music Festival


02/28  Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater w/ Josh Ritter 
03/03  Frisco, TX @ Lochrann’s
03/04  Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Winter’s Fall
03/05  San Antonio, TX  @ San Antone Cafe
03/05  Denton,TX @ 35 Conferette w/ Seryn
03/18  Dallas, TX @ Dallas Museum of Art


03/01  San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Everest
03/02  Los Angles, CA @ Silver Factory Studios
03/03  El Paso, TX @ The Garage
03/04  Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Doug Burr
03/05  Ft. Worth, TX @ Lola’s
03/06  Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground
03/07  Phoenix, AZ @ Donna Jeans Libations
03/11  San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah w/ Weinland
03/13  San Jose, CA @ Johnny’s

03/19  Los Angeles, CA @ Space 2710
04/02  Los Angeles, CA @ Pehr Space w/ Birds & Batteries
03/09  Ft. Worth, TX @ Lola’s
03/11  Denton, TX @ 35 Conferette 35 w/ Dr. Dog
03/12  New Orleans @ Foburg Festival
03/15  Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater w/ Devotchka
03/16  Austin, TX @ SXSW / Esther’s Follie
03/18  Austin, TX @ SXSW / Showlush Backyard Party
03/20  Ft. Worth, TX @ The Warehouse w/ Birds & Batteries

2/28  Portland, OR @ Doug Fir

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