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Van Hunt -What Were You Hoping For?Available Today,Stream Now,Tour+Free Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by dk

VAN HUNT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM WHAT WERE YOU HOPING FOR?, AVAILABLE TODAY

Album streaming now on AOL Music

On tour now!

September 27th marks the official release date for What Were You Hoping For?, the latest album from singer/songwriter Van Hunt. The album, released on Van’s own godless-hotspot in association with the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers label, has already received rave reviews for it’s fusion of rock, soul, punk and funk. The album is streaming in full on AOL Music.

 

Van Hunt-What Were You Hoping For? | AOL Album Stream

 Download MP3  Eyes Like Pearls”   

With What Were You Hoping For?, Van Hunt kicks out the jams with a spare but dizzyingly vibrant meld of day-glo psychedelic soul with glammed-up riffs and the acerbic energy of punk.  The album sees the Grammy-winning musician/songwriter/producer turning up the volume on his genre-smashing songcraft and the results are altogether gripping.  From the breakneck “Watching You Go Crazy is Driving Me Insane” and “A Time Machine is My New Girlfriend” to the metallic k.o. of the album’s first single,”Eyes Like Pearls,” Hunt unleashes a sound that reverberates with caustic wit, passion, and the thrilling excitement of an artist operating at the peak of his powers.  Careening with exhilarating intensity and frenetic, inventive musicality, What Were You Hoping For? is Van Hunt’s most daring and provocative work to date.

 

Van’s tour kicked off on September 19th in New York City and continues throughout the country through October. Tour dates are below.

 “What Were You Hoping For?”: Amazon  

Van Hunt Tour Dates

9/27/2011 |Augusta, GA Sky City 

9/28/2011 |Atlanta, GA The Earl 

9/29/2011 |New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Uptown 

9/30/2011 |Houston, TX Warehouse Live-Green Room 

10/1/2011 |Austin, TX Cactus Café 

10/3/2011 |Dallas, TX House of Blues: Cambridge Room 

10/4/2011 |Little Rock, AR Stickyz Rock ‘n Roll Chicken Shack 

10/5/2011 |Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge 

10/6/2011 |St. Louis, MO Lola 

10/7/2011 |Chicago, IL Schuba’s Tavern 

10/8/2011 | Minneapolis, MN Bunker’s 

10/11/2011 |Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge

10/12/2011l Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

10/13/2011l San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s

10/16/2011l Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

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Van Hunt new album ‘What Were You Hoping For?’ September 27; (+free download available now)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by dk

VAN HUNT RETURNS WITH “JUNE”;

EXCLUSIVE TRACK AVAILABLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD

VIA THE HUFFINGTON POST;

ADDITIONAL SONGS TO BE RELEASED ONLINE

IN ADVANCE OF MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM;

“WHAT WERE YOU HOPING FOR?”ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 27

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Van Hunt makes his long awaited return this week with the online premiere of “June,” his first new music in more than three years.  The track is currently available as a free download via The Huffington Post, which you can download by clicking the link below:

Free Download: “June” 

“June” heralds the hugely anticipated release of Hunt’s extraordinary new album, What Were You Hoping For? .  The album – a joint venture between the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers and Hunt’s own label, godless-hotspot  – arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on September 27th.

“‘June’ was written to mirror a person’s complicated moodiness,” Hunt says. “Some people are called pessimists because of their persistent dourness – but I think they are optimists.  Sorely disappointed optimists.  The song is my attempt to make one, in particular, smile.”

Hunt will unveil a series of new tracks each month leading up to release of What Were You Hoping For? with free downloads available at a range of blogs and music websites.  Among them will be the album’s first single, “Eyes Like Pearls,” which will impact multi-format radio outlets nationwide later this summer.  In addition, free downloads will be available at Hunt’s newly relaunched official website, www.vanhunt.com.

Furthermore, the Los Angeles-based Hunt and his crack band plan to hit the road in the weeks surrounding the album’s release, marking his first national tour since 2008.  A full itinerary will be announced shortly.

Van Hunt first fell in thrall to the power of music from an early age, taking inspiration from a remarkable range of musicians and composers, spanning J.S. Bach to David Bowie, Thelonious Monk to Curtis Mayfield, Iggy Pop to The Isley Brothers.  The Dayton, Ohio-born musician soon made his way to Atlanta, where he drew acclaim for his creative production efforts and crafty songwriting, featured on recordings by such diverse artists as Dionne Farris, Joi, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer.  His own self-titled debut album arrived in 2004, instantly establishing Hunt as a distinctive and original talent with its idiosyncratic melding of R&B, neo-soul, funk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll.  The equally inventive On The Jungle Floor followed two years later, highlighted by the single, “Character” as well as by a surprising cover of Iggy Pop & James Williamson’s Kill City classic, “No Sense Of Crime.”

In 2007, Hunt received a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals,” honoring  “Family Affair,” a collaboration with John Legend and Joss Stone found on the 2006 Sly & The Family Stone tribute album, Different Strokes For Different Folks.  Hunt had previously received a 2005 “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Grammy nomination for his breakthrough hit single, “Dust.”

Hunt’s third album, Popular, was slated for 2008 but remains officially unreleased.  Nevertheless, the album has become an underground sensation, a classic lost album hailed by LA Weekly as “a left-field stunner” for its “trippy fusion of funk grooves, punk guitar and soul vocals.”  In 2009, Hunt liberated a collection of B-sides, demos, remixes, and other rarities on the self-released collection, Use In Case Of Emergency (Rare Items From The Vault).

A charismatic and engaging live performer, Hunt also attracted critical praise touring both as headliner as well as alongside such diverse acts as Kanye West, The Roots, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Dave Matthews Band.

 For more information:

www.vanhunt.com

www.facebook.com/vanhunt

www.twitter.com/vanhunt

www.myspace.com/vanhunt

http://vanhunt.spinshop.com