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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Make Top Billboard Chart Debuts With “Mettavolution” #2 Rock Album With More Than 11,000 In Sales

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Renowned guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela have made a spectacular chart debut with their acclaimed new album, METTAVOLUTION, available now via ATO Records for streaming and download. The duo’s fifth studio LP and first album in five years entered Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart at #1 with 1st week equivalents in excess of 11,000 – Rodrigo y Gabriela‘s second best sales week ever. In addition, the new album arrived at #2 on Billboard’s Rock Albums, as well as #10 on Top Album Sales and #71 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200. The song “Mettavolution” is currently top 25 Triple A.

METTAVOLUTION has also earned critical acclaim to match its popular success. “For Rodrigo y Gabriela, the meditation is actually in the swirl of notes and rhythmic strums that circle around their music,” wrote NPR’s First Listen. “And if we follow their lead, there is a meditative quality for the listener as well. METTAVOLUTION closes with a 19-minute version of ‘Echoes,’ Pink Floyd’s rock masterpiece famously performed live in an ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy. Like its masterful catalog, Rodrigo Y Gabriela gives the music new life with just two guitars.”

“METTAVOLUTION finds the duo locked back in,” wrote Glide, “and where their last record was dedicated to their influences, this time it is all about the visceral primal passion of playing and what originally connected them to music. The title track opener kicks a rock beat behind the guitar strums as the producer David Sardy loads up the bass, shaker and voice synths to propel the sound forward.”

“Mettavolution” Album Artwork

Pitchfork praised the album’s original material, writing, “The crunching ‘Terracentric’ and the blurrily agile lines on ‘Witness Tree’ move like hand-cranked cars on a slotted track, wound up by (Rodrigo y Gabriela’s) extremely athletic wrists and then turned loose. The dance break ‘Cumbé’ and its slower-breathing follower ‘Electric Soul’ simmer down a bit and lay out their chemistry more simply, to warmer and more pleasant effect, but the dominant energy in part one is fast, heavy, and relentlessly precise… METTAVOLUTION reassures that for as long as they’re around, Rodrigo y Gabriela will be echoing their influences as only they can.”

METTAVOLUTION‘s title track and first official single, is currently ascending the top 30 at Triple A radio outlets nationwide. Rodrigo y Gabriela recently visited ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a spectacular performance of “Mettavolution,” with exclusive choreography by Annie-B Parson (David Byrne, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson). The duo are joined by a group of six dancers holding matching guitars who move in motion to the past-paced, lyric-free instrumentals. As the musicians play faster and faster, the dancers leave their guitars behind and perform a choreographed dance behind the two. As the track comes to a climax, a several singer rise in the audience to intone alongside the quick-fire acoustic riffs. You can watch the electrifying video clip below.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are currently traveling the world on an epic headline tour, with North American dates scheduled through late July. The trek further includes a series of top-billed festival appearances, among them Cleveland, OH’s LaureLive (June 9), Montreal, QC’s Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (July 3), Quebec City, QC’s Festival D’Ete International De Quebec (July 4), and Ottawa, ON’s Ottawa Bluesfest (July 5). See the full itinerary below.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019

MAY

15 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
17 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
19 – Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
21 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
23 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
24 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre

JUNE

1 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
2 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
4 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
5 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion
7 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap Filene Center
8 – Cleveland, OH – LaureLive *
9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
30 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood Koussevitzky Music Shed

JULY

3 – Montreal, QC – Festival International de Jazz de Montreal *
4 – Quebec City, QC – Festival D’Ete International De Quebec *
5 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest *
7 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
9- Bayfield, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
10 – Fargo, ND – Fargo Theatre
12 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theatre
13 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste Michelle Winery
14 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
16 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield Amphitheater
18 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
20 – Oakville, CA – Robert Mondavi Winery
21 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
24 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
26 – Reno, NV – Harrah’s Reno The Plaza
27 – Park City, UT – Deer Valley Resort – Snow Park Amphitheater
28 – Denver, CO – Denver Botanic Gardens

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