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Kevin Devine

Singer and songwriter Kevin Devine has won a loyal following in indie rock and emo circles for his emotionally urgent songs of love, life, and politics. Devine was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 19, 1979. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Fordham University to study journalism, but in 1999 his priorities turned to music; he began performing solo at coffeehouses and open-mike nights, and soon he and Chris McAllen, a friend since high school, formed the emo band Miracle of 86 (the name came from the unexpected World Series victory by the New York Mets in that year). Miracle of 86 earned a potent following on the New York/New Jersey indie rock scene, but it didn't take long for Devine to begin thinking outside of the band's boundaries. In 2002, he released his first solo album, Circle Gets the Square, and began playing solo shows in addition to his dates with the group. In 2003, he would drop a three-song EP, Travelling the EU, and a second full-length solo album, Make the Clocks Move (informed by the death of his father and the 2004 presidential race), before Miracle of 86 finally broke up. In 2005, Devine released his first post-Miracle of 86 album, Split the Country, Split the Street. Produced by two of Devine's former associates from the group, Chris Bracco and Mike Skinner, the album moved back and forth between uptempo rock and quieter, more contemplative songs. In 2006, Devine scored a major-label deal with Capitol Records and, working with producer Rob Schnapf (who had collaborated with one of Devine's key influences, Elliott Smith), made Put Your Ghost to Rest. The album earned enthusiastic reviews, but several months after its release, a merger between Capitol and Virgin Records scuttled its marketing, and Devine was dropped from the label. However, the album soon gained a second life when it was reissued in 2008 by the indie imprint Junketboy, and Devine toured in support of the new release. In 2009, he returned with his next album, Brother's Blood, released by Electric Gentlemen Records; he toured in support of it backed by his occasional touring ensemble the Goddamn Band, and with the group Manchester Orchestra as opening act. The tour went so well that Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra formed a side project, Bad Books, who released their self-titled debut album in the fall of 2010. In the fall of 2011, Devine returned as a solo act with the album Between the Concrete and Clouds, produced by Chris Bracco and mixed by Schnapf; it was also Devine's first album in a co-release arrangement with Razor & Tie and Electric Gentlemen. In 2012, Devine reunited with Bad Books for the concisely titled Bad Books II. In early 2013, Devine joined the growing number of artists who turned to crowdfunding to finance their recording projects rather than rely on record labels; he launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 in order to produce two albums, and the target figure was reached in less than a day. After raising $114,000, Devine completed and self-released two albums in the fall of 2013: Bulldozer, a solo album produced by Schnapf; and Bubblegum, a collaboration with the Goddamn Band produced by Jesse Lacey. Along with extensive global touring in support of the two albums, Devine also found time to take part in a handful of reunion shows with his Miracle of 86 bandmates, one a benefit for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. From 2015 into 2016, Devine released the six-part Devinyl Splits series, collaborating with artists like Matthew Caws, Meredith Graves, and Cymbals Eat Guitars. In late 2016 he issued his ninth LP, Instigator. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Kevin Devine

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Albums by
Kevin Devine

Top Songs by
Kevin Devine

  1.   Song
  2.   Just Stay
  3.   You'll Only End Up Joining Them
  4.   The Burning City Smoking
  5.   The First Hit by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  6.   Another Bag of Bones by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  7.   Less Yesterday, More Today
  8.   Splitting Up Christmas
  9.   11-17 by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  10.   Off-Screen by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  11.   A Store, A Sneak
  12.   Breathe, Breathe Deep
  13.   Probably
  14.   Not Over You Yet
  15.   People Are So Fickle
  16.   Working In Quiet
  17.   From Here
  18.   Haircut
  19.   A Flatline Blue
  20.   Wait Out the Wreck by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  21.   If We Meet Today
  22.   Brother's Blood
  23.   Sleepwalking Through My Life by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  24.   The Only One
  25.   Yr Husband by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  26.   Murphy's Song by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  27.   Trouble
  28.   Cotton Crush
  29.   Ballgame
  30.   Protest Singer
  31.   No One Else's Problem
  32.   She Stayed As Steam (Demo)
  33.   Couldn't Be Happier
  34.   Lullaby For a Snow-Faced Girl
  35.   Confessional At 6pm
  36.   Little Bulldozer
  37.   You Knock Me Out
  38.   Letting a Good One Go
  39.   This Box is Empty
  40.   Safe
  41.   For Eugene
  42.   Damned Old Dad
  43.   I Used to Be Someone by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  44.   Awake In The Dirt by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  45.   I Could Be With Anyone
  46.   Hand of God by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  47.   Carnival by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band