Roto's Magic Act

Get the new CD: Join our PledgeMusic Pre-Order Campaign!

We’re really excited to invite you to join the community behind our PledgeMusic PRE-ORDER campaign, where, in addition to getting your copy of our new CD, Into the Unknown, you’ll also get the inside scoop on the making of the album, get regular updates right up until our May 13 release date, and have your choice of lots of cool exclusives, too, including guitar lessons, tarot readings, signed CDs, and much more. We’d love to have your support and spirit with us on this—check out my brand new intro video here!

The new album is officially coming out May 13, and we’ve got great things happening—a 5-star review at Celebrity, a song premiere at American Songwriter, an upcoming appearance on NBC’s Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase, and much, much more, including, yep, this cool pre-order campaign through Pledge Music, with tarot readings and other dreamy extras. Stay tuned, magical friends—and come join us where music and magic meet!

Check out Roto’s Magic Act’s brand new cover of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett’s “Long Gone”; dig the live video of “Circus Clown,” and like Roto’s Magic Act on Facebook. . .  !


Just Added—April Fools Show at Mercury Lounge, with Goodbye Motel

Roto’s Magic Act is totally psyched to be opening this April Fools show for the mighty Goodbye Motel, at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. In order to adequately prepare you for their all-encompassing 4D experience, I will be performing a number of supernatural feats, involving space, time, and the four elements, along with a set of dreamy, dangerous acoustic songs and sounds; so please come early—Roto’s Magic Act is on at 7PM—and settle in for what promises to be a very magical evening, indeed. . . . @rotomagicact goodbyemotel’s 4D LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE

Roto’s Magic Act Casts A Spell at SXSW

We had such a great time, and such a memorable show, at the Rachael Ray Feedback House during SxSW in Austin this year, with a band comprised of Austin aces like drummer Darin Murphy and guitarist Chris Gebhard. While the horrible events of that first Wednesday night shocked us all, we chose to move forward with the spirit of compassion for those who suffered, and a celebration of the life force that animated them to come out and enjoy music, for which they paid a terrible cost. May the hearts and bodies of those affected heal. Here we humbly present a sample of our show from Thursday night, outdoors under a beautiful moon, with a lovely and receptive crowd. Thanks to Nolan Green for the video clips, and to Rachael and her team for having us.

Syd Barrett’s “Long Gone,” covered by Roto’s Magic Act

Founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett was the group’s frontman, guitarist and golden child, before his adventures in psychedelic space flew him too close to the sun. His solo albums are stunning, if ragged, and this song, “Long Gone,” from the album The Madcap Laughs, is one of my favorites—melancholy, hope, wisdom, dreamscape, and resignation all in one song. I’m so proud to give you my own take on this gothic jewel of a song. . . .


Heading to Austin, Back in Brooklyn, and Taking Manhattan!

Exciting news from Roto’s Magic Act! After a winter of opening Cringe dates with Cowboy Mouth, rocking out with my @SongDivision crew, and recording tracks for the Grassy Knoll and Spy Empire,the Roto’s Magic Act is back with a slew of gigs: March 10 at 8PM at Pete’s Candy Store, March 13 at Big Red Sun in Austin, TX during SxSW (with a badass all-Austin version of the band!) and April 16 at Bowery Electric with the full NYC crew. What’s more, the new CD, Into the Unknown, is very close to completion and I’ll be taking pre-orders soon!

Presto! Let’s make 2014 your Year of Magical Thinking!

Roto’s Magic Act Holiday Acoustic Show at Pete’s Candy Store, Dec. 22 9PM

After buzzed-about, full-blown rock shows at Matchless and Bowery Electric, Roto brings the Magic Act home for the holidays in the cozy environs of Pete’s Candy Store, in an intimate acoustic duo setting that will highlight songs from his upcoming Bryce Goggin-produced LP “Into the Unknown,” covers by Nick Drake and Syd Barrett, special guest performers, plus dazzling magic and sleight-of-hand including disappearances, levitation and the quest for fire. “Roto has it all,” says Austin, TX legend Bob Schneider, “a great voice, killer guitar work, and smart songwriting that’s at turns poetic, funny and inspired.” Pete’s Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—take the L or the G to Lorimer/Metropolitan.

Roto’s Magic Act at Bowery Electric, Dec 3, 9PM

Can you predict the future? This Tuesday, Dec 3, at 9PM, I predict you may find yourself at The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, to join Roto’s Magic Act, Faulkner, Louise Aubrie, Merrily & the Poison Orchard, and more in a stellar night of songs and surreal goings-on. Shall we test these pre-cognitive powers?

Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, the Roto’s Magic Act website launches today, and here is the first song from the new album “Into The Unknown” called “Howling at the Moon.” It is an homage to the inner lives of werewolves and includes musicians who have played with Tom Waits, Tori Amos, and David Garza.

Oh, and a howling wolf. . . . You can hear it, howl and all, below.


My new album, “Into the Unknown,” was produced by Bryce Goggin (Spacehog, Joseph Arthur) and it’s a 14-song “continuous sound” concept album inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and Beck’s “Mutations”; it’s a blend of power-pop, alt-country and art-rock . . . and tarot cards. We’re anticipating a Spring release for the full album, but will be releasing songs and videos from it—and select cover tunes—over the next few months.

The album is a trip, literally, through circus scenes, desert landscapes, southern bayous, exotic locales, and Brooklyn streets, all tied together by a collective of amazing musicians, including Shawn Pelton (SNL, Sheryl Crow), Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie), Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons), and a core band that includes NYC aces like Mike Chiavaro (Regina Spektor), Paul Amorese (Goodbye Motel), John Deley (Dido) and Dave Sherman (Robbers on High Street).

Have a sinister but safe Hallows Eve, and come out and see us on November 14th—it’s going to be quite a spectacle. I know—it’s in the cards. . .


International Pop Overthrow

Roto’s Magic Act will play the 2013 International Pop Overthrow Festival in New York!

The band plays on Thursday, November 14 @ Bar Matchless located at 557 Manhattan Avenue Brooklyn, NY.

The cover is $10



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Howling At The Moon

Roto’s Magic Act’s new album “Into The Unknown” is now complete! You can hear the first track to be released from the Album “Howling at the Moon” Now!