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Jun 19, 2013

California Wives Announce Tour and Remixes with My Gold Mask

Chicago’s California Wives today announce a national tour with My Gold Mask that begins tomorrow in Detroit, Michigan. To celebrate the tour, both bands remixed a track from the other’s album and the remixes premiere today on Earmilk. California Wives tackled MGM’s “Some Secrets” while My Gold Mask reworked CW’s “Marianne” and both tracks are available as free downloads. Click HERE to check them out or listen to the "Marianne" remix below.

California Wives will also be performing a few solo headline shows along the tour including stops in Dallas, Atlanta, and St. Louis. More dates will be added along the route and will be announced shortly. See current upcoming dates below.



California Wives on tour with My Gold Mask:
06/20 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
06/21 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
06/24 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
06/26 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East
06/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
06/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
06/30 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
07/01 – Buffalo, NY @ Ninth Ward
07/02 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
07/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
07/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
07/08 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
07/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
07/10 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
07/11 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay
07/12 – Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
07/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
07/16 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
07/17 – Portland, OR @ White Eagle
07/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
07/21 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
07/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room
07/24 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
07/26 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
07/30 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
07/31 – Atlanta, GA @ Eddies Attic #
08/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Plush #
- all dates with MY GOLD MASK except “#”
- more dates to be announced

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Feb 21, 2013

California Wives New Studio Performances for Made Of Chalk

Our friends over at the Chicago based webzine Made Of Chalk just launched their new website along with two new studio performances by California Wives! Watch the recording of "Marianne" now below and click HERE to check out the video for "The Fisher King"!

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Nov 27, 2012

California Wives Track 'Light Year' in Underemployed Tonight

Check out California Wives' song ‘Light Year’ in Underemployed tonight at 10PM on MTV! 'Light Year' can be found on California Wives' new album Art History [iTunes Link], available now.

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Nov 01, 2012

California Wives Song "Light Year" in the New Episode of Jersey Shore

Tune-in to MTV tonight to hear California Wives' song "Light Year" in the new episode of Jersey Shore at 10/9c! The track can be found on their debut album Art History [iTunes Link].

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Oct 23, 2012

California Wives release NO CEREMONY remix of "Marianne"

California Wives have just released a remix of their track "Marianne" by Manchester's NO CEREMONY. Check out the premiere via Paste Magazine and grab the free download! The original "Marianne" track can be found the debut album Art History [iTunes Link], available now.

California Wives just wrapped up their North American tour supporting Stars and Diamond Rings. More dates to be announced soon!

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Oct 18, 2012

California Wives Perform "Marianne" Acoustic on Good Morning Arkansas

California Wives stopped by Good Morning Arkansas in Little Rock to perform an acoustic version of "Marianne" before their show at Revolution Music Room with Stars and Diamond Rings in Little Rock! Check out the performance HERE or below and click HERE to check out the interview! The original "Marianne" track can be found on their new album, Art History [iTunes Link], available now.

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Oct 03, 2012

California Wives' "Twenty Three" on MTV's The Challenge tonight!

Check out the California Wives track "Twenty Three" from their new album Art History [iTunes Link] in MTV's The Challenge tonight at 10pm! Follow the MTV Soundtrack Blog for more info. Click HERE to check it out!

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Sep 26, 2012

California Wives Daytrotter Session + Creative Allies Tour Poster Contest

California Wives stopped by Rock Island, IL to record a Daytrotter session with 4 songs from their new album Art History [iTunes Link]. Click HERE to check it out!

Also, California Wives teamed up with Sharpie to create a Tour Poster Design Contest. Submit your design by October 11th for your chance to win a $500 cash prize. Click HERE for details!

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Sep 18, 2012

California Wives track premiere and interview on Interview Magazine

'The Fisher King' from the new California Wives album Art History premiered today on Interview Magazine. Click HERE to check it out and read the new interview with singer/guitarist Jayson Kramer.

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Sep 06, 2012

California Wives Teams Up With Sharpie for "Purple" Music Video

California Wives recently teamed up with Sharpie to make their first music video for "Purple", a track from their debut album Art History [iTunes link] that came out this week.

The video, which premiered as a TV spot during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, features hundreds of images of fan creations. Make your own mashup of the video HERE.

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Sep 04, 2012

California Wives' debut album Art History Available Today

The debut album from Chicago quartet California Wives is out today! Working with producer Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Neon Indian, Wild Nothing), Art History is eleven tracks presenting a cohesive gallery of modern-day pop portraits framed with a retro '80s fit. The debut effort is available now on iTunes and Amazon.

The band will hit the road with Stars and Diamond Rings for a nationwide tour starting September 20th. Visit CaliforniaWives.com for all the dates.

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Aug 30, 2012

California Wives' Debut Album Art History Premieres via Billboard

You can now listen to California Wives' debut album Art History in it's entirety via Billboard.com! Click HERE to listen to the full record and read the featured interview with Jayson.

Art History is out next Tuesday, September 4th. The guys will hit the road with Stars and Diamond Rings for a nationwide tour starting September 20th. Visit CaliforniaWives.com for all the dates.

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Aug 29, 2012

"Tokyo" by California Wives in Tonight's Episode of Real World

California Wives' new song "Tokyo" will be in tonight's episode of Real World St. Thomas on MTV. Be sure to tune-in at 10/9c to catch the placement. "Tokyo" appears on the band's forthcoming debut album Art History due out next Tuesday, September 4th. Visit Soundtrack.MTV.com for a free download of the track!

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Aug 16, 2012

California Wives' "Blood Red Youth" Premieres at Rolling Stone

California Wives’ brand new single “Blood Red Youth” has just premiered at Rolling Stone! “Blood Red Youth” appears on the band’s debut album, Art History, which hits stores on September 4th. Click HERE or the image below to stream the new track!

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Jul 18, 2012

California Wives Premiere New Song "Purple" via Paste, Announce National Tour with STARS

Chicago new-wave quartet California Wives has premiered a brand new single "Purple" with Paste Magazine. Click HERE to give it a listen and grab the free download or check it out on Sondcloud below. "Tied together with a 16th-note pulse-contains clever hooks, melodies and phrases," the track belongs to the band's anticipated full length Art History debut, arriving on September 4th. Working with producer Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Neon Indian, Wild Nothing, Art History is eleven tracks presenting a cohesive gallery of modern-day pop portraits framed with a retro '80s fit.

California Wives has also just announced that they will support the LP on a nationwide tour with STARS and Diamond Rings. Starting in Portland, ME on September 20, the band will tour down the East Coast, winding its way throughout the country before reaching the Northwest Coast a month later. All dates below.



California Wives on tour:
9/20 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
9/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise
9/22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
9/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
9/25 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
9/26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
9/29 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/2 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
10/3 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
10/4 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre
10/5 - St. Louis, MO - Plush
10/6 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
10/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
10/11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
10/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs
10/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
10/17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
10/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
*All dates with Stars and Diamond Rings 

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Jul 10, 2012

California Wives Announce Debut Album, Art History

Chicago new-wave quartet California Wives has announced the release of its debut Art History LP, out on September 4th. The band worked with producer Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Neon Indian, Wild Nothing) for the eleven tracks that present a cohesive gallery of modern-day pop portraits framed with a retro '80s fit.

"I felt like I was asleep for years," says California Wives' lead vocalist / keyboardist Jayson Kramer of his decision in 2009 to leave behind a promising career in medicine for a professional go at music. "I was completely honest with myself for the first time in my life and recognized that I had no desire to go on to medical school." Around this time he moved back to his hometown of Chicago where he was introduced to drummer Joe O'Connor, and bassist Dan Zima. It was via their shared appreciation of music and compatible chemistry that California Wives was formed in 2009, with the current lineup being cemented in 2012 upon the new addition of lead guitarist Graham Masell.

The new Art History LP follows the band's 2010 EP Affair, which won over local and national press, with My Old Kentucky Blog raving, "This could be the next buzz band everyone is talking about." Joy Division / New Order's Peter Hook also took notice, appointing the band to open his headlining set at The Light at Chicago's Metro Cabaret. After appearances at local North Coast Music, Wicker Park Fest, Taste of Chicago, and Tomorrow Never Knows festivals last year, the band will tour nationally behind the release this fall. More details to come.

Download Art History’s first single, “Marianne”, for free HERE.

Art History tracklisting:
1. Blood Red Youth
2. Tokyo
3. Marianne
4. The Fisher King
5. Los Angeles
6. Photolights
7. Purple
8. Better Home
9. Twenty Three
10. The New Process
11. Light Year

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May 16, 2012

California Wives Sign with Vagrant, Premiere "Marianne"

"This could be the next buzz band everyone is talking about." - My Old Kentucky Blog

(May 16, 2012) - California Wives are pleased to announce today that they have officially joined the ever-growing Vagrant Records roster. "We were excited to sign to Vagrant because it gave us the opportunity to work with a great producer who pushed us to think outside of our tendencies as musicians. The newer instrumentation and arrangements were a result of that relationship in the studio. We are thrilled to be a part of such a terrific roster of musicians at Vagrant and we can't wait to put the new music out there," says vocalist/guitarist Jayson Kramer.

The four-piece from Chicago (Joe O'Connor, Jayson Kramer, Dan Zima, and Graham Masell) self-released an EP in 2010 entitled, Affair, which quickly garnered attention from the press. Upon first listen, ListenBeforeYouBuy raved "It's one of those rare moments when you're introduced to something special, but you just can't quite put your finger on what exactly makes it special. All you can do is enjoy it and say you were there from the start."

The quartet's sound mixes nostalgic 80's reverb-charged vocals and dark new-wave synth lines that would make for a perfect back-drop to any John Hughes storyline. California Wives are currently in the midst of wrapping up their debut full-length album (release date and title still to-be-announced), but want you to be able to hear one of their favorite tracks, "Marianne," today. Click HERE to listen and grab a free download from our Soundcloud, or check it out below.

Stay tuned for more information about California Wives' debut album and future touring plans.