Los Angeles-based musician AM has been invited by French electro-pop kings Air to open their first North American tour in three years. Kicking off March 13 in Miami, the jaunt will serve as the perfect launching pad for AM’s forthcoming sophomore album, Future Sons & Daughters, produced by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields) and due for release February 9 on Filter U.S. Recordings. The run will end in AM’s hometown with a concert at the illustrious Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A.
The imminent new year will start with a few shows at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where AM will perform at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29. No stranger to the film world, AM’s music, which possesses an undeniable cinematic quality, has been featured in more than 80 movies and television shows, including two films that premiered at Sundance last year, including the biggest acquisition of 2009’s Fest, Ashton Kutcher’s "Spread." Now, AM has added film scoring to his impressive resume, co-composing his first motion picture, "Man Maid" (Warner Bros.), alongside established composer Tom Hiel ("The Practice," "Swimming With Sharks").
As a Tulsa-born, New Orleans-raised artist with a flare for distilling global musical influences into his own unique and infectious pop confections, AM’s genre-blurring music, while hard to classify, goes down as smooth as a Mai Tai on a tropical island. Or as Creative Loafing succinctly put it, "AM has an uncanny knack for crafting pop songs shaken and stirred with Philly R&B, Motown soul, ’60s rock and folk, and Brazilian rhythms that get in your head and swirl around for a spell."
AM will end his fruitful year and get into the spirit early with a holiday show presented by KCRW at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles on December 8 where he will perform tracks from his forthcoming album as well as festive songs from his new EP, Holiday Happiness & Cheer, produced by fellow New Orleans transplant Brad Gordon. The three-song digital album, just released on iTunes via Filter U.S. Recordings, includes an homage to Vince Guaraldi with his cover of "Christmas Time Is Here," complete with bossa nova-influenced guitar, icy synths and a bouncy bass line, as well as an original tune, "I’m Home For The Holidays," a spacious orchestral folk song that focuses on the somber elements of holiday time.
AM ON TOUR WITH AIR
December 8 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hotel Café *
January 28 – Park City, Utah @ Sundance ASCAP Music Café *
January 29 – Park City, Utah @ Sundance ASCAP Music Café *
March 13 – Miami, Fla. @ Fillmore
March 14 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
March 15 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Centerstage
March 17 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
March 18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
March 19 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
March 20 – Boston, Mass. @ Berklee School of Music
March 22 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
March 23 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
March 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
March 26 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theatre
March 27 – San Diego, Calif. @ 4th & B
March 28 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Walt Disney Concert Hall