Category: Tour

Don’t Miss Your Chance To See Some Cool Summer Bands For FREE This Week!

That’s right, if you’re in the LA or Portland area this week you will have the opportunity to see some amazing free shows this week.  First, Gardens and Villa will be playing tomorrow night, Thursday, September 5th at the Santa Monica Pier as part of the Twilight Concert Series.

The show is free, starts at 7, and they will be supported by Mr. Little Jeans.

Aan will be playing not one, but two free shows this Saturday, September 7th in Portland as part of Music Fest Northwest.  The first show is the MFNW/OPB day party at Mississippi Studios with Radiation City, Magic Mouth, and the Parson Redheads.  RSVP for free entry to

And if you can’t make it to that, Aan will play again on the 7th at the MFNW/ CD Baby Day Party at 3pm at Bunk Bar.

 Get out there and see some great shows for free this week!

Impose Magazine Slideshow of Summerays Supporting Grand Resort at Their Pianos Residency


Summerays have just returned from their very first tour, a short run through some northeast cities and back, and if you didn’t have a chance to catch them you can get a taste of what you missed via this photo gallery Impose Magazine posted of Grand Resort’s residency show at Pianos with Summerays and some other rad bands.  Check it out here!

Aan Announce Washington Dates/ “Mystery Life” On MTV!

Fresh off their US tour including dates supporting the Smashing Pumpkins (check out these interviews Aan did with Artist DirectImpose, while on tour with the Pumpkins), Portland’s Aan have three shows beginning this Friday in Washington state, including an appearance at Elkfest in Spokane.  Details below…

6/7 – Spokane @ Elkfest – Set-time: 6:30pm (free)
6/8 – In-Studio Session @ KEXP at 7:30pm (listen at
6/9 – Seattle @ The Crocodile w/ Crystal Fighters & Alpine (buy tix)

And, if you haven’t seen it already, check out Aan’s video for “Mystery Life” streaming on MTV!


Aan Begin Tour Today, Includes Dates With The Smashing Pumpkins

Aan play Provo, UT tonight to kick off their US tour that includes dates with The Smashing Pumpkins and Sunfest with Kendrick Lamar

Credit: Kate Davis
Portland’s Aan are headed back on the road this month for string of East Coast dates with rock icons Smashing Pumpkins.
Aan is a fearless experimental pop band from Portland, Oregon that mixes heavily textured guitars with rich vocal harmonies. Since forming in 2007, Aan has self-released several CDs and garnered a reputation throughout the Northwest as a progressive force in the independent scene.
The band beckons a bevy of comparisons, but their sound cannot be pigeonholed. The vocal dexterity of lead singer Bud Wilson skillfully reaches the octaves of the late Jeff Buckley while maintaining a timbre that’s much grittier
Their forthcoming LP Amor Ad Nauseum will be the group’s first proper full-length. In the month’s leading up to its release, Aan will continue to tour through the continental US in 2013 in support of their new 7″ for Cool Summer Records, which features A-side “Mystery Life” and B-side “Spiritual Provisions.”

Aan is Bud Wilson (vocals, guitar), Reese Lawhon (bass), Jon Lewis (drums) and Jeff Bond (guitar).

04/24 Provo, UT – Velour $
04/25 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04/27 Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
04/29 Melbourne, FL – King Center for Performing Arts *
04/30 Tampa, FL – Crowbar !
05/01  West Palm Beach, FL – Sunfest *
05/02  St Augustine, FL – St Augustine Amphitheater *
05/03 Jacksonville, FL – Phoenix Taproom
05/07  Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater *
05/08 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Amphitheater *
05/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court #
05/14 Boise, ID – Neurolux #

Listen To Aan’s Mystery Life 7″ Now!


After months of waiting and anticipating we can finally share the tracks from Aan’s Mystery Life 7″ with the world!  The 7″ features the upbeat, hyper-anthem, A side title track “Mystery Life” and the driving, slow burning B side “Spiritual Provisions”.  We’ve been very patient and guarded with these tracks, and are pleased to finally be able to give you a taste of this limited run, vinyl only release that will be available to the world on Feb, 5.  Please enjoy these tracks and if you like what you hear you can pre-order now, ensuring your record will ship by Feb, 5.

And if you’re in the North West you can catch Aan live at one of these shows…

Feb 1 – The Red Room Boise, ID w/ Incan Abraham

Feb 2 – Pendelton Center for the Arts Pendelton, OR w/Incan Abraham

Feb 4 – Red Light Bellingham, WA w/Incan Abraham + Cuckoo Chaos

Feb 5 – Barboza Seattle, WA w/Incan Abraham + Cuckoo Chaos

Feb 6 – Mississippi Studios PDX,OR w/Incan Abraham + Cuckoo Chaos (tix) Aan 7” release party!!!

Feb 8 – The Belltower Pullman, WA w/Built to Spill +    Finn Riggins (tix)

Feb 9 – Bing Crosby Theater Spokane, WA w/Built to Spill + Finn Riggins (tix)


Some Cool Summer News You Might Have Missed

Welcome back to Cool Summer Records and to 2013!  2012 was quite a year for us, four new bands on the roster, three physical releases, two digital singles, countless shows, and an epic day out at the Independent Label Market in Los Angeles.  We’ve already got some amazing releases slated for 2013 we can’t wait to share, but in the mean time we wanted to catch you up on some things you might have missed while wrapping up 2012….

Aan Announced Pacific Northwest Tour Dates

Portland’s Aan will be releasing their Mystery Life 7” on Cool Summer Records Feb 5th, and will be playing some shows around their neck of the woods around the release date.  The dates include some shows with Incan Abraham and Cuokoo Chaos, Built to Spill, and a record release party in their home town! More on the 7″ release soon…

2/1 Boise, ID – The Red Room *
2/2 Pendelton, OR – Pendelton Center for the Arts *
2/4 Bellingham, WA – Red Light *%
2/5 Seattle, WA – Barboza *%
2/6 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *%
2/8 Pullman, WA – The Belltower #
2/9 Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater #

* w/ Incan Abraham
% w/ Cuckoo Chaos
# w/ Built to Spill, FinnRiggins

 Cool Summer Records Featured In Independent Label Market LA’s Video

Cool Summer Records founder, Dave Mount, was featured in this video from the Independent Label Market LA event that was held back in November. Featuring Southern California’s best independent labels and the people that run them, this video highlighting the ILMLA gives some insight into why there’s still interest in music in the physical form and the importance of having places for people to listen to, shop, and discuss these physical releases.

Summerays Releases Digital Full Length

On New Years Day, Summerays released their first full length to the world.  Cool Summer Records proudly released Summerays’ Toyohashi 7”, the shimmering and nostalgia-steeped single from Cleveland surf popper Luke Teeters. On 1/1/13 Teeters unveiled the next chapter in the Summerays story: Summer Daze. The pay-what-you-want debut album is available via Bandcamp and is filled to the brim with the beach born pop gems we’ve come to expect from Teeters’ songbook.

Lead single “Sunshine” is true testament to the feel good vibe of Summer Daze. It’s an upbeat and catchy little love song that ambles along merrily by way of Teeters’ sun drenched and reverb soaked guitar tones. Check it out here, then head over to their bandcamp page to hear the rest!

That should get you up to speed with everything that’s been going on with Cool Summer Records and our bands over the holiday break. There’s so many things we’re beyond excited to share with you in 2013. It’s going to be an epic year!

Gardens and Villa and Little Owl Play New Noise Block Party!

A home town block party for two Cool Summer Records bands, Gardens and Villa and Little Owl, this show should be truly amazing!  Not to mention there are tons of other bands playing, and it’s all part of the New Noise festival and conference!  Get your tickets here…

Crimson Scarlet Announce East Coast Tour w SPECTRES, Playing Varning Fest

Fresh off an amazing performance supporting anarcho legends The Mob, Crimson Scarlet have just announced an East Coast tour with SPECTRES, including a performance at the 6th annual A Varning From Montreal festival.  I honestly can’t think of a better way to get into the spirit of the holidays then with trudging through fallen leaves and crisp East Coast Fall air to see Crimson Scarlet.  Here’s the most up to date tour info for Crimson Scarlet, complete with full moon and Halloween shows! Goth your socks off!


Oct 26th – NYC – The Acheron w/ SPECTRES

Oct 27th – Philadelphia – Red Barns w/ SPECTRES –

Oct 28th – Baltimore – Barclay House w/ SPECTRES

Oct 29th – Richmond – Strange Matter w/ SPECTRES -

Oct 30th – Pittsburgh – Jizzy Rose w/ SPECTRES –

Oct 31st – Toronto – The 460 w/ SPECTRES –
Nov 1st – Montreal (A Varning from Montreal Fest, Day 1) –
Nov 4th – Boston – The Democracy Center -
Nov 12th – Oakland – 1234GO Records w/ Belgrado, Bellicose Minds, Replica

Little Owl Cover Pixies And Announce Tour Dates

Two great things from Little Owl today! First, a fantastic cover of the Pixies “Waves of Mutilation”.  The cover pays homage to the original while incorporating key elements of what makes Little Owl so great.  Check it out and download it for free below!

Also, Little Owl announced a tour today, consisting of a solid west coast run hitting most cities on the left half of the US!  Check it below and check them out when they roll through your town.

9/27 SAN DIEGO, CA @ Bar Eleven
9/28 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Casey’s Irish Pub
9/29  LOS ANGELES, CA @ Origami Vinyl
9/30 LAS VEGAS, NV @ Bunkhouse
10/1 ST. GEORGE, UT @ GoGo 37 Gallery
10/2 PROVO, UT @ Muse Music Cafe
10/3 DENVER, CO @ Larimer Lounge  w/ Kitten
10/5 FORT COLLINS, CO @ GNU Experience Gallery
10/6 GRAND JUNCTION, CO @ Casa Coyote
10/8 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ Urban Lounge  w/ Ash Reiter
10/9 BOISE, ID @ Neurolux (Radio Boise Tuesday)
10/10 NAMPA, ID @ Flying M Coffee Garage  w/ SwanSea
10/11 PENDLETON, OR @ Great Pacific
10/12 BEND, OR @ The Horned Hand
10/14 PORTLAND, OR @ Rontoms
10/17 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ El Rio
10/18 SACRAMENTO, CA @ Bows and Arrows  w/ Sam Eliot & The Market Club Gang
10/20 BERKELEY, CA @ Art Beat Concert at 25th Street Collective
10/22 FRESNO, CA @ Champion Sound at The Lamp Post
10/30 SANTA BARBARA, CA @ Muddy Waters  w/ BRAINSTORM and Wools

Catch Aan And Gardens & Villa At Some Great Shows This Weekend

If you’re in the Portland area this weekend you can check out a great show on Saturday at Mississippi Studios with Nurses, Aan, Hookers, and a DJ set by JD Samson.  There’s definitely going to be lots of hometown pride for some of Portland’s best bands at this one!

And if you’re in the Southern California area this weekend you can check out Gardens and Villa at the KBZT Independence Jam in Oceanside, CA as part of a very impressive line up with with Fiona Apple, Best Coast, and Oberhofer.


Get tickets here!