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Dallas Green is well known for the post-punk hardcore roots he laid with his band Alexisonfire (RIP). But he's also a man of many talents, including the intimate folk tunes he spins as City and Colour. Recently we invited Green to set up before a small gathering of die-hard fans at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Green—clad in shorts, glasses and his signature tattoos—strummed his way through some of his best tunes, including a few favorites off his latest album, Little Hell,His multi-faceted talents—fluid guitar riffs, harmonica, slipping emotive covers as outros, and a smoky, interesting timbre—was matched only by his charming banter. There was plenty of self-referential humor, anecdotes of being on the road, and a nod to the guy in the audience who has to have the last clap. Don't miss our latest acoustic gem, a colorful show-and-tell of Green's best work.


Artist Bio

Dallas Green will be releasing his 3rd solo album as a singer-songwriter under the moniker CITY AND COLOUR on Vagrant Records. The album titled Little Hell is scheduled for release on June 7th, 2011 and is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2008's Bring Me Your Love, which was certified platinum in Green's native Canada. Alternately sparse and inviting, intense and delicate, Little Hell shows music fans another side of Green's incredible songwriting skills, and features some of his finest songs to date.

Little Hell was recorded earlier this winter at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, ON with producer/engineer/mixer Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Mars Volta, Death Cab For Cutie). Fans got a sneak preview of a brand new track from the upcoming album when an alternate version of the song titled "Northern Wind" recently made its debut on a special Valentine's Day episode of the hit series One Tree Hill. Green performed on the episode as part of the show's story line.

Little Hell named after the album's title track, a song that explores the little heavens and little hells that comprise a relationship is the first of Green's albums to be recorded and mixed to tape. This sonic move ultimately resulted in the album's warm immediacy, allowing the songs to take on a spaciousness previously unheard in City and Colour albums. The record allows Green to highlight all of the facets of his songwriting, from Blues-tinged rockers to pedal steel-soaked acoustic gems. Songs like "Northern Wind" have a beautiful intimacy, as if Green is in the same room and singing right to you, while "Sorrowing Man" is dark and brooding, anchored by an ominous organ in the chorus. The record also highlights Green's impressive vocal range, from driving a full band on the rousing chorus of "Natural Disaster" or sighing mellifluously on opener "We Found Each Other in the Dark."

Green who has won Juno's (Canadian Grammy's) for ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (2007), SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (2009) has enjoyed incredible success around the globe. In addition to fronting rock band Alexisonfire and selling out theaters that hold thousands of people in North America when he tours as City and Colour, Green has a rabid fan base abroad; his City and Colour show at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall in April 2011 sold out in mere hours. He will also be playing select shows in the U.S. this spring, highly anticipated stops at this year's Coachella and Sasquatch festivals. Watch this space for additional info.



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