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Way back in 2001, Athens, Georgia resident Matthew Houck began recording under a brand new nickname – Phosphorescent. For the last 13+ years, it has remained his working moniker, following a period where he also traveled the world under the name Fillup Shack.
No, Houck isn't confused about who he is or where he fits in the musical landscape. Likely, he felt he had a lot to live up to after drawing praise from the London Evening Standard (which called him "the most significant American in his field since Kurt Cobain") and press reviews that compared him to Bob Dylan. Maybe that's why his full-length debut, "A Hundred Times or More" in 2003 actually credited Fillup Shack with the drum recordings in the project's linear notes?
Whatever the case may be, Houck/Phosphorescent really scored big with the release of "Aw Come Aw Wry" in August 2005 and "Pride in 2007." The former drew wide critical acclaim, while the latter was named among the best albums of 2007 by Stylus Magazine and garnered high praise from Pitchfork Media.
"Muchacho," Phosphorescent's 7th studio album, released on March 19, 2013 to strong reviews and has led to a bevy of projects. The lead single, "Song for Zula," was used in the film "The Spectacular Now," and later featured on the soundtrack for the 2014 blockbuster "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
See Phosphorescent on tour now, with upcoming dates in Chicago (Double Door / Lollapalooza), San Francisco (the Golden Gate Park Outside Lands Festival) and Edmonton (the Edmonton Folk Festival).
|Album name||Release date|
|Here's to Taking It Easy||2010|
|Live @ WKDU (11/22/2008)||2008|
|Aw Come Aw Wry||2005|
|The Weight of Flight||2004|
|A Hundred Times or More||2003|
Top 10 Phosphorescent Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||The Mermaid Parade||12,077||6,046|
|3||A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise||8,692||4,468|
|4||We'll Be Here Soon||6,685||3,880|
|5||I Don't Care If There's Cursing||7,169||3,842|
|7||Hej, Me I'm Light||5,643||3,108|
|8||Reasons to Quit||4,784||2,792|
|9||Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)||5,355||2,639|
|10||It's Hard to Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)||4,558||2,515|
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Phosphorescent Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 01/29/2015 Nashville TN Exit In 01/24/2015 Sonoma CA Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Phosphorescent Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/14/2014 Sydney Nsw Oxford Art Factory 12/12/2014 Melbourne Vic The Corner Hotel 11/23/2014 Los Angeles CA The Legendary Park Plaza 11/20/2014 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory 10/03/2014 Jackson MS Duling Hall 10/02/2014 Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon 08/08/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/07/2014 Edmonton AB Gallagher Park 08/06/2014 San Francisco CA The Independent 08/02/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/01/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/01/2014 Chicago IL Grant Park 07/19/2014 Dublin D Iveagh Gardens 07/19/2014 Glasgow Glg The Classic Grand 07/18/2014 Dublin D Iveagh Gardens 07/17/2014 Beccles Sfk Henham Park 07/17/2014 Dublin D The Workman's Club 07/16/2014 Galway G Festival Big Top 07/14/2014 Cork C Live At The Marquee 07/12/2014 London London Hyde Park 07/10/2014 Copenhagen Lille Vega 07/08/2014 Stockholm AB Debaser Medis 07/07/2014 Goteborg O Pusterviksbaren 07/05/2014 Malmo Skane Kulturbolaget 07/03/2014 Amsterdam Nhl Paradiso 07/02/2014 Ghent Concertzaal Vooruit 07/01/2014 Groningen GR Vera 06/25/2014 Pilton Som Worthy Farm 06/19/2014 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/19/2014 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/17/2014 Brooklyn NY Prospect Park 06/12/2014 Athens GA Georgia Theatre 06/11/2014 Nashville TN Exit In 06/10/2014 Louisville KY Headliners Music Hall 05/27/2014 New York NY Webster Hall 05/23/2014 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 05/23/2014 Boston MA Boston City Hall Plaza 02/09/2014 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 02/06/2014 Rockville Centre NY Cannon's Blackthorn 02/05/2014 Hamden CT The Space 02/04/2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 02/03/2014 Burlington VT ArtsRiot 02/01/2014 Toronto ON Virgin Mobile Mod Club 01/31/2014 Millvale PA Mr. Smalls Theatre 01/30/2014 Columbus OH A and R Music Bar 01/28/2014 Indianapolis IN The Vogue 01/27/2014 Saint Louis MO The Firebird 01/25/2014 Atlanta GA Center Stage Theatre 01/24/2014 Charlotte NC Neighborhood Theatre 01/23/2014 Charlottesville VA Jefferson Theater 01/22/2014 Washington DC 9:30 Club 01/21/2014 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer
Phosphorescent Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/21/2013 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 12/18/2013 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 11/26/2013 London Lnd O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 11/21/2013 Zurich ZH Rote Fabrik 11/20/2013 Dudingen FR Bad Bonn 11/19/2013 Milan Milan La Salumeria della Musica 11/16/2013 Paris Ville De Paris La Fleche d'Or 11/12/2013 Cambridge ?? The Junction 11/10/2013 Bristol Bst Thekla 11/09/2013 Liverpool Lancashire The Kazimier Club 11/08/2013 Dublin D Whelan's 11/07/2013 Belfast The Belfast Empire Music Hall 11/05/2013 Leeds Yorkshire Brudenell Social Club 11/04/2013 Gateshead Edh Sage Gateshead 10/28/2013 Boulder CO eTown Hall 10/11/2013 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/08/2013 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 10/04/2013 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/04/2013 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 10/01/2013 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 09/30/2013 Pomona CA The Glass House 09/28/2013 San Francisco CA The Fillmore 09/25/2013 Seattle WA Neptune Theatre 09/22/2013 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 09/20/2013 Chicago IL Metro 09/18/2013 Birmingham AL Iron City 09/17/2013 Atlanta GA Terminal West 09/16/2013 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle 09/15/2013 Nashville TN 3rd & Lindsley 09/14/2013 Rochester Hills MI Meadow Brook Music Festival 08/23/2013 Simcoe ON Norfolk County Fairgrounds 08/11/2013 Copenhagen Lille Vega 08/06/2013 Oslo 03 Middelalderparken 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/25/2013 Chicago IL Bank of America Theatre 07/20/2013 Chicago IL Union Park 07/19/2013 Chicago IL Union Park 07/18/2013 Louisville KY Headliners Music Hall 07/17/2013 Cleveland OH Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 07/16/2013 Columbus OH A and R Music Bar 07/14/2013 Burlington VT Signal Kitchen 07/04/2013 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 05/22/2013 Barcelona Catalonia Parc del Forum 05/16/2013 Brighton Bnh Brighton Dome 05/15/2013 London Lnd Village Underground 05/14/2013 Paris Espace B 05/12/2013 Cologne North Rhine-westphal Blue Shell 05/11/2013 Berlin BE Kantine Am Berghain 05/07/2013 Manchester Man The Ruby Lounge 04/19/2013 Newtown CT Edmond Town Hall 04/18/2013 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 04/17/2013 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 04/16/2013 Montreal QC Petit Campus 04/15/2013 Toronto ON Horseshoe Tavern 04/12/2013 Saint Paul MN Turf Club 04/09/2013 Seattle WA Neumos 04/08/2013 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 04/06/2013 San Francisco CA The Independent 04/05/2013 West Hollywood CA Troubadour 04/03/2013 San Diego CA The Casbah 04/01/2013 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge 03/30/2013 Denver CO Hi-Dive 03/28/2013 Bloomington IN The Bishop 03/27/2013 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe 03/26/2013 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel 03/25/2013 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's 03/16/2013 Austin TX Hotel San Jose 03/14/2013 Austin TX Red 7
Phosphorescent Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 08/06/2012 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern
Phosphorescent Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 09/16/2011 Austin TX Zilker Park 09/16/2011 Austin TX Zilker Park 06/09/2011 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 05/04/2011 Dallas TX The Loft 04/30/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/16/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/15/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/12/2011 Lawrence KS Jackpot Music Hall
Phosphorescent Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 12/10/2010 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 10/17/2010 San Francisco CA Treasure Island 05/13/2010 New York NY Mercury Lounge