Brian Lopez To Tour With Heartless Bastards; Debut Album “Ultra” Out on March 6

By on February 15, 2012

BRIAN LOPEZ HITS THE ROAD WITH
HEARTLESS BASTARDS ON MARCH 30th
LOPEZ CELEBRATES MARCH 6 RELEASE OF ULTRA, HIS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, WITH SHOWS AT L.A.’S BOOTLEG THEATRE
AND PLUSH IN TUCSON
“THE KILLING MOON” VIDEO




Singer-songwriter-guitarist Brian Lopez will join Heartless Bastards on the western leg of their North American tour, beginning with the March 30th show at Club Congress in Tucson, AZ. Lopez is touring in support of Ultra, his full-length solo debut, which will be released on March 6th by Funzalo Records.
Lopez will preview songs from Ultra at his February 23rd show at Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles and on March 9th he’ll celebrate its release with a performance at Plush in his hometown of Tucson. After wrapping up his dates with Heartless Bastards in mid-April, Lopez will head abroad for a European tour. See below for itinerary.
Nylon recently named lead-off track “Montjuic” as one of its five favorite songs of the week, calling it “immediately addictive” and praising Ultra’s “sweeping melodies, Latin beats, and sighing cello.” “Brian Lopez offers a gorgeous strain of orchestral pop with ‘El Pajaro y el Ciervo,’ mixing up English and Spanish vocals and a suspiciously French sounding accordion into a lush, string-laden swoon that might catch the uninitiated by surprise and make them wonder who this Brian Lopez is with the golden voice and knack for full-blown arrangements,” said Blurt. “El Pajaro y el Ciervo” appears on both Ultraand Tucson Songs: Exciting New Sounds From Southern Arizona.
Ultra is a heady synthesis of brute force rock & roll and Beatles-like classicism (literally, in that Lopez’s current band includes violin, cello, accordion, upright bass and lap steel), centered in rock, country, pop and traditional folk, all at once. The album, which was produced by Lopez and Jim Waters (The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), goes for adds this week at AAA, Non Com and college radio. Ultra contains 10 original compositions plus a haunting version of Echo & the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon.” You can check out the video for “The Killing Moon,” shot in Toulouse, France and directed by Gwarr Van De Greff of Toxic Music and Livequest.fr, at:
Lopez put himself through college on a classical performance guitar scholarship, graduating with a BFA in Music, and a double minor in Spanish and business, from the University of Arizona. A valued collaborator in Tucson’s vibrant, eclectic music community, he has played and toured with Calexico and Howe Gelb and his band, Giant Sand, and contributed songs and vocals to Giant Sand’s new record. Brian has also toured Europe with Tucson-based French chanteuse Marianne Dissard and performed with Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, fronted by Salvador Duran (Calexico, Iron & Wine). Mendoza returns the favor, playing piano and accordion on Ultra, and Duran contributes the striking narration on the album’s tour de force closing track, “Leda Atomica.”
Brian Lopez – Upcoming Tour Dates
Headlining shows
2/23Los Angeles, CA @Bootleg Theatre
3/9Tucson, AZ @Plush – CD release show
With Heartless Bastards
3/30 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
3/31 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
4/2 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
4/3 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
4/5 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/6 Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
4/7 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
4/8 Portland, OR @ Alladin Theater
4/9 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
4/11 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
4/13 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
4/14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/15 Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing
European tour
4/18 Mannheim, DE @ Alte Feuerwache
4/19 Linz, AT @ Posthof
4/22 Freiburg, DE @ Café Atlantik
4/24 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
4/25 Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
4/26 Koln, DE @ Stadtgarten
4/27 Zug, CH @ Chollerhalle
4/28 Schaffhausen, CH @ Kammgarn
4/29 Chemnitz, DE @ Theater

DaveHHM

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Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.

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