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BISHOP BRIGGS – Live In-Store Performance

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BISHOP BRIGGS – Live In-Store Performance
Friday, April 20th 7:00pm
Bishop Briggs, is a child of the world, born in London to Scottish parents, she spent her early years in Tokyo karaoke bars, then on to Hong Kong, then LA and school at Musician’s Institute. She first crossed our radar with her appearance on the Cold Wars Kids song “So Tied Up”. But before we got there, she was already quite the internet sensation, tracking commercials for Acura, and climbing the Shazam search results (apparently that’s a thing).
Bishop Briggs has toured as the opening act for Coldplay, released a couple of very hot EPs, and is poised to deliver her full-length debut, Church of Scars, on April 20th.
Bringing a hip-hop edge and sensibility to her perfect dark pop sound, Bishop Briggs is going to have one hell of a year in 2018.
Rolling Stone picked her in their 10 New Artists you need to Know feature (2016), and described her music as sounding like “Guttural dirges over a Nineties sci-fi film score”, and went on to recommend her to fans of Florence + the Machine, Banks, & PJ Harvey. There’s a lot more going on, but this is a great starting place.
Sample some:
Dream -  Unstoppable and gorgeous
River - Her breakout song.
We have opened the guest list for Bishop Briggs with pre-order of Church of Scars, and we’re well on our way to having a selling it out, so fair warning if you’re still on the fence. Pre-order in person or by calling 562.433.4996. If space allows when we’re closer, we’ll open with free RSVP, but we expect this one to reach capacity first.

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL – Live RSD Performance

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DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL – Live RSD Performance
Saturday, April 21st 1:00pm (More tickets available on RSD)

2018 finds Dashboard Confessional releasing their first album of new music in over eight years, and to celebrate the new album, Crooked Shadows, and Record Store Day, Dashboard will be stopping in for a very special stripped down acoustic Record Store Day performance.

Crooked Shadows was produced by band leader Chris Carrabba alongside Jonathan Clark and co-producer Colin Brittain. It includes the single ‘We Fight’. Carrabba says, “When I wrote ‘We Fight’ I thought it was just about the music scene that I came up in – a place where people who’d never quite fit in anywhere felt they actually belonged. When we began playing the song live on our summer tour, I realized that ‘We Fight’ held a much broader meaning. It’s a song for people who, in spite of their differences, can find common ground in their convictions and foster those into something bigger than themselves. That, to me is something worth fighting for.”
Check out We Fight
We’ve capped out our initial guest list for this event, but we’ll be opening approximately 50 additional spots on RSD morning. These will only be available in the shop, sorry no phones for these. This is so we can adjust the capacity based on the line, and to reward RSD shoppers, but mostly to keep the Fire Marshall happy. 
Dashboard Confessional will be playing a full show, plugs and all, at the Palladium later this same evening. Tickets are still available (as of this writing) at this link.

The Dream Syndicate – Live In-Store Performance

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The Dream Syndicate – Live In-Store Performance
Saturday, April 21st 2:30pm (RSD)

When the call came in saying that Steve Wynn wanted to celebrate Record Store Day with us, my little indie-rock heart felt like Meg White was on the drum stool.

Combining the guitar drenched sounds of Neil Young and Television with the art-rock of the Velvet Underground, and running it through the post-punk, paisley infused, free-for-all that was Los Angeles in the early 80s, the Dream Syndicate soundtracked more than an evening, they soundtracked our youth. They came up in the same scene that nurtured X, The Blasters, Opal, and The Three O’Clock, making several seminal albums, including Medicine Show, The Days of Wine & Roses, and Ghost Stories. Happily, 2017 saw the release of the amazing How Did I Find Myself Here? featuring a reunited band, with the addition of our old pal Chris Cacavas on keys, and Kendra Smith joining in with a song and a guest vocal.  Pitchfork described it as “…the atmospheric, guitar-focused rock that veer(s) between noise and subtlety; Wynn’s moody and angsty, enigmatic lyrics that evoke noir cinema and literature; and a penchant for extended instrumental jamming.”  which is better than anything we could have come up with on short notice.

Live on KEXP - Live Session, from the US leg of their recent triumphant world tour.

We are opening the guest list for this very special live RSD performance with pre-order of the RSD exclusive album, How We Found Ourselves… Everywhere!, a collection of out-takes and Live Tracks from the 2017 tour. Pre-order in person or by calling 562.433.4996. We will be holding some copies (and space for the in-store) back for RSD shoppers, but we expect this one to fill up, so we encourage you to make your arrangements early.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR – Record Signing

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ALBERT HAMMOND JR – Record Signing
Saturday, April 21st 5:00pm (RSD)

Among the swirling hyperbole and fan cries about Francis Trouble being “His best album yet”, there is a fascinating story at the root of the Strokes guitarist’s new solo release, and that’s the story of how he was originally going to be a twin. His sibling, Francis, wasn’t carried to term, but instead left Albert to find him, and eventually himself, through his ghost-brother’s “lost persona”. Francis, it seems, would have been more of a romantic, a deeper thinker, and a legendary lover; in other words, all of the things we imagine when we picture our better selves, yet because it wasn’t himself he was picturing, there is strange mix of longing and playfulness on this, his fourth solo release.

Check out:
Far Away Truths
Set to Attack
Muted BeatingsAlbert Hammond Jr is currently out on his headline North America Tour, and just recently supported The Killers on a string of dates, including their Staples Center show, as well as a UK run with Franz Ferdinand. We are very excited to announce that Albert Hammond Jr will be joining us for Record Store Day to sign copies of his limited vinyl 10″ release, Etchings From Francis Trouble, a collection of b-sides from Francis Trouble, as well as the full length Francis Trouble.

We will be offering priority wristbands with pre-order of either the limited RSD title, Etchings From Francis Trouble, or with the full-length Francis Trouble on LP or CD. To pre-order either drop in or call us at 562.433.4996.

KING TUFF – Live In-Store Performance (RSD)

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KING TUFF – Live In-Store Performance (RSD)
Saturday, April 21st 6:00pm

When asked to describe the title track from his new record, Kyle Thomas-aka King Tuff-takes a deep breath. “It’s a song about hitting rock bottom,” he says. “I didn’t even know what I wanted to do anymore, but I still had this urge-this feeling-like there was this possibility of something else I could be doing… and then I just followed that possibility. To me, that’s what songwriting, and art in general, is about. You’re chasing something, there is something out there calling to you and you’re trying to get at it. ‘The Other’ is basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover-the sort of voice I had to follow-to bring me back to making music again in a way that felt true and good.”

With wizard hat firmly in place, Thomas embraced his world-weary ennui, and with a mountain of unfamiliar equipment headed into the Pine Room, his wood paneled spaceship of a home studio, and settled in for a cage match with his muse. The result represents a kind of psychic evolution for the King Tuff. No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock and roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of oneself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism. The soulful and cosmic new direction is apparent from the album’s first moments: introduced by the gentle ringing of a chime, acoustic guitar, and warm organ tones, “The Other” is a narrative of redemption born of creativity. It’s glorious.
Of the new album, Thomas says “I’d never played a show with just an acoustic guitar… it just seemed like the scariest thing. I knew I wanted to write some new songs that could stand up in that kind of setting, which really opened the door to a new way of working.”We are happy to announce that King Tuff will be joining us for a very special acoustic set on Record Store Day. We’re hearing he’s only done a handful of shows this way, and the word is not only do the songs hold up, it is breathtaking.

Sample some of the new songs:

We are opening the guest list with pre-order of The Other beginning today. While they last, we will have the colored vinyl Loser Edition of the LP. The Other is also available on CD and Cassette. IF space allows when we’re closer, we will open the guest list free with RSVP, but pre-orders include a +1 and priority entry. Pre-order in person, or by calling 562.433.4996.

THE ALARM – Live In-Store Performance

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THE ALARM – Live In-Store Performance
Saturday, April 21st 8:00pm (RSD)

Mike Peters, of the Alarm, will once again be bringing the rock for Record Store Day. If you grew up listening to the golden era of KROQ, chances are good that songs like Sixty Eight Guns, The Stand, Rain in the Summertime, and so many more are part of your eternal mix-tape. Mike brought the boys with him last year, but this year he’s flying solo… literally. Mike’s gonna wake up in London and head to the studio to record 4 versions of The Alarm’s new single Transatlantic, from their first new album since 2013. Those performances will be lathe cut live onto 7″s for in-store contests, Mike then heads to Rough Trade in London to play for the line, and from there it’s off to the airport and a flight to New York and an in-store at Looney Tunes, then once again into the sky for a quick bound over to our shop, where he’ll take the stage at 8:00 for his final performance of the day. Three shows in three time zones on the same day; Take that Phil Collins!

All this to set up The Alarm’s Record Store Day release, Where Two Rivers Meet, an 8-song mini-album made up of new material, including three songs from the upcoming new album, due in June, with the rest being acoustic tracks and an out-take or two. Billy Duffy of The Cult plays one of the tracks.

Sixty Eight Guns - From the remastered version of their debut album, and still an epic rocker.

Full Show - Complete live show, recorded in Glasgow last year. This is a band still very much riding the crest of their best work. There are at least a couple of the new songs on this set list.

We are opening the guest with pre-order of the RSD exclusive Where Two Rivers Meet mini-ep. If space allows when we’re closer, we’ll open first come first served. Pre-orders include a +1 and priority entry. Pre-order in person or by calling 562.433.4996.

Dawes – Live In-Store Performance

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Dawes will release a limited-edition double LP pressing of We’re All Gonna Live, the first official live concert recording from the band, via their own HUB Records, on November 25th to celebrate Small Business Saturday. The album will be available at participating independent record stores, like you know, fingerprints. Dawes recorded the fifteen-song We’re All Gonna Live during the first four shows of their 2017 “An Evening With Dawes” tour, and the album contains live versions of fan favorites and new originals including “When The Tequila Runs Out,” “Roll With The Punches,” “A Little Bit of Everything,” “Things Happen,” and “All Your Favorite Bands” (full track list on the back of the album).

The band will appear here at Fingerprints for an intimate in-store performance and signing on November 25th at 4:00pm.

Lead singer Taylor Goldsmith also recorded a video for Record Store Day about the importance of independent record stores and the band’s involvement in Small Business Saturday, saying: “When you come to a record store that is a small business, they’re going to really care about what you’re looking for, and what you identify with. You’re supporting people that care as much about music as you do to continue that love of music. In a lot of ways we like to perceive ourselves as a small business, as owners of our label, and so to get to be part of Small Business Saturday and celebrate that in anyway is obviously exciting for us.” Watch the video in the comments below.

We have a very limited quantity of We’re All Gonna Live coming in, so will be opening the guest list with a very special “bring a friend” package, including a copy of the live album, and a plus 1 for the show. This event will hit capacity, so we do not suggest you sleep on this one. Pre-order your copy of We’re All Gonna Live ($12.99) in person, or by calling 562.433.4996.

SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Live In-Store Perfomance (Acoustic Set)

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd 3:00pm

Starting with 2010′s debut long player, With Ears To See & Eyes To Hear, Sleeping with Sirens have been an unstoppable force, pushing themselves to new sonic landscapes with each release. After years of Warped Tours, numerous awards, and the growth of a die hard fan base, the boys are ready to release what they consider their master work, Gossip. The upcoming fifth album boasts their signature sound — soaring and almost unbelievably high vocals, catchy riffs, and concise beats — while achieving the artistic sound they’ve been yearning for.

The album is not only a study in creative growth, but in personal growth as well. See what frontman Kellin Quinn had to say about the release: “The story of Gossip really begins in me transitioning from a boy to a man. I grew up basically my entire life playing music in this group. This record is me figuring out who I’m suppose to be as a musician, a husband, and a father. It’s a hard, scary, rewarding, and daring process that gets chronicled in the lyrics, Musically, I feel like it’s the first Sirens record that sounds specifically like us. We took chances, experimented, and continued to do what we do best: create art. It’s something new. It has an authentic sound that we’ve been working towards all this time”.

Check out the albums triumphant lead single, ‘Legends

 Sleeping with Siren’s will be here Sunday, Septmber 3rd, for an intimate acoustic in-store performance starting at 3 PM. We’re opening the guest list with pre-order of Gossip on LP or CD. Pre-order in person at the shop or over the phone at 562.433.4996.

 

JOSH RITTER – Live In-Store Performance

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Tuesday, September 26th 7:00pm
Josh Ritter is set to release his 9th album, titled Gathering, it features his loyal band-mates, the Royal City Band, and it marks 20 years since he quietly self-released his debut. In the intervening years he’s been critically acclaimed, played numerous major tours, both US and international, played an impressive number of in-stores, including several that we’re still talking about right here at Fingerprints (you know, the important stuff), he’s debuted a record in the top 50 on Billboard, he wrote the lion’s share of the songs on Bob Weir’s recent solo album (and Weir returns the favor with a guest appearance on Gathering), and perhaps most important of all, he has absolutely won us over with his songs, which are long on feeling, stories, and people that we want to know. In short, Josh is a gift.
Gathering is being released on September 22nd, and Josh will be stopping in with his partner in song, Zachariah Hickman (of the Royal City Band), for a very special in-store performance on Tuesday, September 26th.
The 13 songs featured on the album touch on themes of uncertainty, mania, laughter and sadness. The first single is Showboat, you should check it out, it’s Josh’s own spin on the classic theme of “I Wish it Would Rain” by the Temptations.
We are opening the guest list for this very special event now, with pre-order of the Gathering on CD or LP. If space allows, and it’s unlikely, we will open first come first served once we’re closer. Pre-order/RSVP by dropping in the shop, or by calling 562.433.4996

 

Hanni El Khatib – Live In-Store Performance

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Holy smokes, Hanni El Khatib is coming in for an in-store. All right, now that everyone who’s familiar with Hanni’s music is on the way to RSVP, let’s talk about why this is huge news. Hanni showed up on our radar when the pre-release of his debut album, Will The guns Come Out landed on our desk, and within the matter of days became a unanimous staff favorite, resulting in our first ever “don’t play this more than once per shift” rule. Seriously. Since then, Hanni has released two other albums, including Head in the Dirt, which was recorded with Dan Auerbach. While a fiery and electric live performer, Hanni plays much less frequently than we’d like to see him, making this live performance even more special.

Savage Times is the new album, and while with every release we’ve gotten to see a new color in Hanni’s impressive pallet, with Savage Times the goal was to reach into uncharted territory, including the addition of new instruments, approaching writing differently, embracing fresh ideas, and following new instincts. The result ranges from garage rock to punk to disco, hip-hop and even some unexpected solo-guitar self-portraiture.

We couldn’t be happier to be able to host this release day in-store for the unveiling of these new sides to Hanni El Khatib.

Here’s some press:
“This is catchy rock at its finest” – PIGEONS & PLANES
“Hanni El Khatib has been on an unreal creative streak lately” – NOISEY
“Sounds somewhat like a happy marriage between The Black Keys and Nirvana.” – INTERVIEW
“It’s like a maturation of Rae Sremmurd’s youthful hedonism wrapped in guitar strings and catchy grooves.” – Stereogum

Savage Times is released on Friday February 17th on CD and in a stunning 3×10” vinyl box set. The guest list for this event is open with pre-order of either, in person or on the phone at 562.433.4996. If space allows when we’re closer, we’ll open first come first served (with RSVP). Priority entry and an event poster for the folks who pre-order.