7/04New Tour Dates: Milwaukee, Kansas City – Tour Starts This Week!

This is it – The Aristocrats’ Tres Caballeros North American Tour starts on Monday in Northern California! We have two important late changes to the itinerary we wanted to tell our North American friends about:

1) MILWAUKEE! On Thursday July 23 we will be playing the The Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI. If you’re up there, please help us spread the word on this late addition to the tour!

2) KANSAS CITY! On Monday, August 17, the venue has changed. It’s now VooDoo (in Harrah’s Casino). All tickets purchased in advance for The Scene (previous venue) will be honored, and all remaining tickets will be sold at the door at VooDoo.

This is all brand new information. If you don’t see it on the venue websites yet, don’t fret – it’ll be there soon. The most current information is always available on our Tours page.

Here’s the new full itinerary for the tour:

THE ARISTOCRATS
Tres Caballeros
North America Tour Summer 2015
with special guests The Travis Larson Band

Mon 6-Jul Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul Santa Cruz, CA Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul Portland, OR Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul Vancouver, BC, CANADA Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul Boise, ID Reef
Wed 15-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Club X
Fri 17-Jul Denver, CO Quixote’s True Blue
Sun 19-Jul Omaha, NE Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul Des Moines, IA The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul St. Paul, MN The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Thurs 23-Jul Milwaukee, WI The Miramar Theatre
Fri 24-Jul Chicago, IL Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul Cincinnati, OH The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul Columbus, OH Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul Detroit, MI Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug Toronto, ON, CANADA Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug Ottawa, ON, CANADA The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug Montreal, QC, CANADA Cafe Campus
Wed 5-Aug Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug Boston, MA The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug New York City, NY Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug Washington, DC Jammin‘ Java
Tues 11-Aug Raleigh, NC Pour House
Thur 13-Aug Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug Nashville, TN The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug Kansas City, MO VooDoo (at Harrah’s Casino)
Tues 18-Aug Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug Austin, TX The Roost
Sat 22-Aug Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Thur 27-Aug Mexicali, MX Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug San Diego, CA Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug Riverside, CA Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug Los Angeles, CA King King

Meanwhile reviews for Tres Caballeros keep rolling in. Here’s a snippet from a particularly effusive writeup from UltimateGuitar.com:

“Surely one of the best albums of the year, Tres Caballeros represents a tour de force of musicianship, poignant storytelling, and artistic control.”

We’ve been blown away by the response to our very ambitious new album. Thanks so much to all who ordered. What, you didn’t order yet? Click here to join the “better late than never” crowd. :-)

Lots of album previews are still available at our YouTube page.

Finally, we had an absolute blast at the G4 Experience camp last week, along with Joe Satriani, Animals As Leaders, Mike Keneally and a cast of thousands (ok, hundreds). Some highlights from the last night:

* Mike Keneally and Guthrie Govan playing dual leads Frank Zappa’s “Zomby Woof”
* Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes from Animals As Leaders jamming Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” (on their 8-string guitars!) with Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers (drums)
* Joe Satriani and Mike Keneally playing Keneally’s tune “Rosemary Girl”

In addition to the guitar clinic information overload, bassists saw Bryan Beller and Stu Hamm lead clinics and do a live tribute to the late Chris Squire of Yes…and drummers (and plenty of guitarists!) saw Marco Minnemann and Matt Garska (of AAL) work up a righteous sweat in a dual-drummer chopsfest.

Here’s a shot of all of the instructors hamming it up for the camera. From left to right: Andy Aledort, Bryan Beller, Mike Keneally, Bruce Bouillet, Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes, Joe Satriani, Matt Garska, Stu Hamm, Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann. (photo by Doug Doppler)

Thanks to all who attended and everyone who made it such a successful event.

That’s it. Time to hit the road! Hope to see you out there…

Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats


6/23“Tres Caballeros” Is Out NOW!

The day has finally arrived: Our third studio album, Tres Caballeros, has been released into the wild.

TC Release Pic

It’s now available for immediate digital download and international order shipping through our webstore. And yes, it’s also available on iTunes, Amazon, various e-tailers, and select physical stores worldwide.

For those who pre-ordered through our webstore, digital downloads (accessible through a link in your order receipt e-mail) will now be activated, and shipments are all either on the way or have already arrived. International shipments take a bit longer sometimes, but the digital download should keep our global fans busy for a while. :-)

Late to the party? Try going here and watching the top three videos on the page for some tasty previews of Tres Caballeros.

Reviews are starting to come in. Here’s an excerpt from a very kind one:

“Tres Caballeros is extraordinary. In fact, almost every single note is extraordinary. Individually these guys are astonishing…together, this is the stuff of dreams.”
The Progressive Aspect

We’re blushing. :-)

In all seriousness, from all three of The Aristocrats to everyone reading this note, THANK YOU for your support and interest in us as we made this record.

And now, it’s time to take the show on the road. Below you’ll see our North America and Europe tour dates (more dates will be announced for Europe soon). We can’t wait to play this new music for you. Hope to see you out on tour!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

THE ARISTOCRATS
TRES CABALLEROS
NORTH AMERICA TOUR SUMMER 2015
(click here for links and available details on all dates)

Mon 6-Jul Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Tues 7-Jul San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Wed 8-Jul Santa Cruz, CA Don Quixote’s
Fri 10-Jul Portland, OR Star Theater
Sat 11-Jul Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Sun 12-Jul Vancouver, BC, CANADA Rickshaw Theatre
Tues 14-Jul Boise, ID Reef
Wed 15-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Club X
Fri 17-Jul Denver, CO Quixote’s True Blue
Sun 19-Jul Omaha, NE Slowdown
Mon 20-Jul Des Moines, IA The Gaslamp
Tues 21-Jul St. Paul, MN The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Thurs 23-Jul Milwaukee, WI The Miramar Theatre
Fri 24-Jul Chicago, IL Reggie’s
Sat 25-Jul Indianapolis, IN Birdy’s
Sun 26-Jul Cincinnati, OH The Mad Frog
Tues 28-Jul Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed 29-Jul Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Café
Thur 30-Jul Columbus, OH Skully’s
Fri 31-Jul Detroit, MI Token Lounge
Sat 1-Aug Toronto, ON, CANADA Mod Club
Sun 2-Aug Ottawa, ON, CANADA The Rainbow Bistro
Tues 4-Aug Montreal, QC, CANADA Cafe Campus
Wed 5-Aug Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
Fri 7-Aug Boston, MA The Middle East
Sat 8-Aug New York City, NY Irving Plaza
Sun 9-Aug Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
Mon 10-Aug Washington, DC Jammin‘ Java
Tues 11-Aug Raleigh, NC Pour House
Thur 13-Aug Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Fri 14-Aug Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
Sat 15-Aug Nashville, TN The High Watt
Sun 16-Aug St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Mon 17-Aug Kansas City, MO VooDoo (at Harrah’s Casino)
Tues 18-Aug Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
Thur 20-Aug Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 21-Aug Austin, TX The Roost
Sat 22-Aug Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX The Sanctuary
Mon 24-Aug Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Wed 26-Aug Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Thur 27-Aug Mexicali, MX Teatro De Estado
Fri 28-Aug San Diego, CA Price Center Ballroom East, UCSD
Sat 29-Aug Riverside, CA Romano’s Concert Lounge
Sun 30-Aug Los Angeles, CA King King

THE ARISTOCRATS
TRES CABALLEROS
EUROPE TOUR WINTER 2015/2016
(many more dates to be announced for early 2016!)
(click here for links and available details on all dates)

November 16th: Cologne (Germany) – Kantine
November 17th: Dortmund (Germany) – Piano
November 18th: Frankfurt (Germany) – Zoom
November 20th: Nurnberg (Germany) – Luise Cultfactory
November 21st: Stuttgart (Germany) – Venue TBA
November 22nd: Reichenbach (Germany) – Bergkeller
November 24th: Munich (Germany) – Strom
November 25th: Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Musik Club
November 26th: Nove Mesto (Slovakia) – Blue Note
November 27th: Bochnia (Poland) – Oratorium Sw. Kingi
November 28th: Warszaw (Poland) – Venue TBA
November 30th: Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
December 2nd: Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
December 4th: Larvik (Norway) – Bolgen
December 6th: Istanbul (Turkey) – Venue TBA
December 7th: Bucharest (Romania) – Silver Church
December 9th: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
December 10th: Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
December 13th: Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
December 15th: Manchester (England) – Club Academy
December 16th: Birmingham (England) – Temple
December 17th: Bristol (England) – Bierkeller
December 18th: London (England) – Heaven
December 19th: Brighton (England) – The Haunt
December 20th: Paris (France) – La Maroquinerie
January 20th 2016: Sevilla (Spain) – Custom
January 21st 2016: Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
January 22nd 2016: Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
January 23rd 2016: Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
January 24th 2016: Barcelona (Spain) – venue tba
January 26th 2016: Nice (France) – venue tba


6/22Hear “Tres Caballeros” Live Stream Today Only At Ultimate Guitar .com!

Just a quick but important note: Tomorrow’s the release day for our new album Tres Caballeros, but you can now hear the whole album TODAY ONLY FOR FREE, live-streaming at Ultimate Guitar .com!

Click here to check out the entire new Aristocrats’ album Tres Caballeros! (good for June 22, 2015 only)

Check it out and let us know what you think, perhaps at our Facebook page. :-)

And if you haven’t done so yet, you can still order by clicking right here. 

Digital downloads come free with any CD purchase, and become available at midnight June 23 local time. Which is soon.

Enjoy, and thanks for all of your support while we got to this momentous day!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats


6/09“The Kentucky Meat Shower” – Full Song Preview From “Tres Caballeros”

Behold, “The Kentucky Meat Shower” – the first full-song preview from our third studio album Tres Caballeros, available now for pre-order and due to drop on June 23.

Every song on Tres Caballeros has a different flavor. This one is Kentucky fried.

For the record, Guthrie wrote this one. Wondering what it’s about? Wikipedia might just be your friend. ;-)

We’ll have one more very special preview next week. For now, if you dig it, spread the word and tell ’em what you heard.

Also: don’t forget to check out our North American and European tour dates, now scattered throughout the remainder of 2015!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

 

 


6/04European Tour Announcement!

While we’ve got all this excitement going on about our new album Tres Caballeros and the North American tour this summer, we didn’t want to forget about our many friends in Europe. So we’re now happy to announce the first leg of our Tres Caballeros European tour!

We’ll be doing one leg in November and December, and then after a quick break, we’ll be doing more dates (to be announced later) in January and February. For now, here are the European dates for the first leg:

THE ARISTOCRATS
TRES CABALLEROS
EUROPE TOUR WINTER 2015
(click here for links and available details on all dates)

November 16th: Cologne (Germany) – Kantine
November 17th: Dortmund (Germany) – Piano
November 18th: Frankfurt (Germany) – Zoom
November 20th: Nurnberg (Germany) – Luise Cultfactory
November 21st: Stuttgart (Germany) – Venue TBA
November 22nd: Reichenbach (Germany) – Bergkeller
November 24th: Munich (Germany) – Strom
November 25th: Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Musik Club
November 26th: Nove Mesto (Slovakia) – Blue Note
November 27th: Bochnia (Poland) – Oratorium Sw. Kingi
November 28th: Warszaw (Poland) – Venue TBA
November 30th: Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
December 2nd: Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
December 4th: Larvik (Norway) – Bolgen
December 6th: Istanbul (Turkey) – Venue TBA
December 7th: Bucharest (Romania) – Silver Church
December 9th: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
December 10th: Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
December 13th: Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
December 15th: Manchester (England) – Club Academy
December 16th: Birmingham (England) – Temple
December 17th: Bristol (England) – Bierkeller
December 18th: London (England) – Heaven
December 19th: Brighton (England) – The Haunt
December 20th: Paris (France) – La Maroquinerie

If you don’t see your European country on this list, don’t worry – a lot more dates are coming for early 2016. :-)

In the meantime, Tres Caballeros is available for pre-order, in both standard and deluxe edition (with bonus DVD containing exclusive live and studio footage, interviews, outtakes, alternate solos, demos and more). All CD orders from our webstore come with a free digital download, which become available at midnight local time (your time) on the release date of June 23.

Plus we’ve got two YouTube preview videos:

* Here’s the trailer for the bonus DVD “behind the scenes” footage:


* Here’s a montage with clips from the entire album:

And here are those North American tour dates, one more time:

THE ARISTOCRATS
TRES CABALLEROS
NORTH AMERICA TOUR SUMMER 2015
(click here for links and available details on all dates)

Mon    6-Jul     Sacramento, CA        Harlow’s
Tues    7-Jul    San Francisco, CA    Slim’s
Wed    8-Jul     Santa Cruz, CA         Don Quixote’s
Fri    10-Jul      Portland, OR             Star Theater
Sat    11-Jul     Seattle, WA               Studio Seven
Sun    12-Jul    Vancouver, BC, CANADA    Rickshaw Theatre
Tues    14-Jul   Boise, ID                   Reef
Wed    15-Jul    Salt Lake City, UT    Club X
Fri    17-Jul       Denver, CO              Quixote’s True Blue
Sun    19-Jul     Omaha, NE              Slowdown
Mon    20-Jul    Des Moines, IA         The Gaslamp
Tues    21-Jul   St. Paul, MN             The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
Fri    24-Jul       Chicago, IL               Reggie’s
Sat    25-Jul      Indianapolis, IN         Birdy’s
Sun    26-Jul     Cincinnati, OH          The Mad Frog
Tues    28-Jul   Cleveland, OH          Beachland Ballroom
Wed    29-Jul    Pittsburgh, PA          Hard Rock Café
Thur    30-Jul    Columbus, OH          Skully’s
Fri    31-Jul       Detroit, MI                 Token Lounge
Sat    1-Aug      Toronto, ON, CANADA    Mod Club
Sun     2-Aug    Ottawa, ON, CANADA    The Rainbow Bistro
Tues    4-Aug    Montreal, QC, CANADA    Cafe Campus
Wed    5-Aug    Woodstock, NY         Bearsville Theater
Fri    7-Aug       Boston, MA                The Middle East
Sat    8-Aug      New York City, NY     Irving Plaza
Sun    9-Aug     Philadelphia, PA        North Star Bar
Mon    10-Aug   Washington, DC        Jammin‘ Java
Tues    11-Aug  Raleigh, NC              Pour House
Thur    13-Aug   Charlotte, NC           Tremont Music Hall
Fri    14-Aug      Atlanta, GA               Aisle 5
Sat    15-Aug     Nashville, TN            The High Watt
Sun    16-Aug    St. Louis, MO            Old Rock House
Mon    17-Aug   Kansas City, MO       The Scene
Tues    18-Aug  Tulsa, OK                  The Vanguard
Thur    20-Aug   Houston, TX              Fitzgerald’s
Fri    21-Aug      Austin, TX                  The Roost
Sat    22-Aug     Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX   The Sanctuary
Mon    24-Aug   Albuquerque, NM        Launchpad
Wed    26-Aug   Phoenix, AZ                Club Red
Thur    27-Aug   Mexicali, MX               Teatro De Estado
Fri    28-Aug      San Diego, CA            Price Center Ballroom East, UC San Diego
Sun    30-Aug    Los Angeles, CA        King King

Thanks for following along and hope to see you out there soon!

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats

 


5/27New Full Album Montage Preview of “Tres Caballeros” Now Available At GuitarWorld.com!

We’re now less than a month away from the June 23 release of our third studio album Tres Caballeros, which means it’s time to roll out some more previews!

So click here for a new preview montage of the entire album, hosted by our friends at Guitar World Magazine.

Massive thanks to those who have pre-ordered already! Wise move – you’ll get a free digital download of the album (with a link that becomes active at midnight June 23 local time) with any CD order (both standard CD-only edition, or deluxe edition with bonus DVD containing tons of extras). In case you haven’t, click here to join the party.

Remember, here’s the track listing for the album. Can you match up the montage bits with the song titles? :-)

  1. Stupid 7
  2. Jack’s Back
  3. Texas Crazypants
  4. ZZ Top
  5. Pig’s Day Off
  6. Smuggler’s Corridor
  7. Pressure Relief
  8. The Kentucky Meat Shower
  9. Through The Flower

And some North American summer tour news: We’ve just added a second date at Reggie’s in Chicago on Thursday July 23! Don’t forget to check out the Tours page for all of the latest information and ticket links for our July-August Tres Caballeros tour of the USA and select parts of Canada, plus one date in Mexicali, Mexico.

Thanks again, and look for more previews coming soon. :-)

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats


5/12“Tres Caballeros” Available For Presale Now – Watch The Exclusive New Preview Video!

And here we go: After nearly two years since Culture Clash was released, we’re proud to share some new Aristocratic music with you, and announce that our third studio album Tres Caballeros is now available for pre-order!

We have a 5-minute YouTube trailer video previewing the new music, as well as some video footage from the bonus DVD in the Deluxe Edition, available right here for your viewing.

Tres Caballeros will be released in a Standard Edition (CD) and Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD), which will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes, demos, and more.

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If you order from our webstore, you’ll find an exclusive Tres Caballeros t-shirt is also available, in all of its 8-bit glory.

TC T-Shirt

The release date is June 23. We’ll have more previews leading up to that date. For now, we hope you dig what you hear, and feel inspired to spread the word on social media and beyond to like-minded folks. :-)

We know we’ve been talking about this for a while, so we’ll take it easy on the hype and stick with the facts.

* Pre-ordering available now – click here to pre-order
* YouTube preview video here – click here to watch on YouTube
* North America tour starts July 5 – click here for dates and details

Ok, a little hype: We have a couple of really cool things to show you leading up to the release date in June. You’ll see. ;-)

For more constant updates, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Lots of stuff is showing up there on an almost daily basis.

Once again, thanks for your patience as we put this all together, and we can’t wait for you to hear the whole thing.

Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats