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The band from Southern California (by way of Illinois) makes a rare
coastal New Jersey appearance fronted by singer-guitarist-pianist and primary
composer Dan Layus; with a revamped lineup, a new record label, and a new leg
of tour dates behind their well-received 2014 release, Life Imitating Life. The whispery vocal verses and
Coldplay-inspired ivories of the band’s early singles “Boston” and follow-ups
“Sweet and Low” and “Hey Now” vaulted to
the Top 10 at AAA Radio. Then in 2011, for the band’s self titled album on
Layus had a major surprise with a punchier, more immediate sound that
carried melodic currents of Soul Asylum, Tom Petty, Chris Isaak and Bruce
Springsteen. Now the new album reconciles the various facets of the Augustana
sounds through a succinct rhythmic attack and crisp production — with bright
radio-ready anthems like “Ash and Ember” sharing the ride with introspective
plaints like “Remember Me,” under the flag of Layus’s unerring pop instincts.
Opening the show will be Jim and Sam. With the aid of producer Lasse Marten(Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn & John,
Chrissie Hynde) Jim and Sam will complete their debut album (recorded at
the legendary Puk Studios in Denmark).