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Matt Costa premieres “Time Tricks” video, sets add’l fall tour dates + plans release of Novella Edition of critically acclaimed new


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Southern California-based singer/songwriter Matt Costa’s fifth full-length album—and first in five years—Santa Rosa Fangs is out now on Dangerbird Records and available for purchase/streaming at Costa is now premiering the new video for the track “Time Tricks,” watch/share it at
Costa is continuing to tour in support of the record, confirming an intimate, fan-hosted “The Road to Santa Rosa Fangs” living room tour this September in which he tells the stories behind the new record and plays songs spanning his entire career. Tickets are on sale now at
Costa will also tour North America later this fall with Tennis. Tickets are available at, see below for a complete list of dates for both tours.
Additionally, the special Novella Edition of Santa Rosa Fangs—a digital-only reissue of the critically acclaimed record—is due October 5 via Dangerbird Records. The new edition features new narration, never-before-heard b-sides and interstitial tracks from Costa, fleshing out the album’s story of a fictional young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their tale of love, loss and coming of age in California, replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances. Pre-order the Novella Edition at
Santa Rosa Fangs continues to receive extensive critical praise:

“[Costa] distills half a century of predecessors into a potent pop pastiche…Santa Rosa Fangs is filled with fetching melodies. There are also hooks galore, from the choir of Costas singing on the piano-pounding title cut to the repetition of the protagonist’s name in ‘Sharon.’ Even the tambourines are catchy.”

Santa Rosa Fangs [is]… one of the most ambitious projects Costa has taken on.”

“There’s sheer exuberance radiating through many of these songs—an unfettered enthusiasm that makes nearly every number a sudden standout…Costa has found his own voice and all the additives needed to set him up for stardom.”

“Costa [has a] knack for writing timeless, accessible pop/rock songs with enough of a bent to keep music snobs from getting their torn-and-tattered T.Rex T-shirts in a bunch.”

“Shimmering, melodically sweet, and tragic, Santa Rosa Fangs is an ambitious set, with songs that nonetheless go down easy.”

“This marks [Costa’s] first album in five years and could very well be the one to bring him the love and attention he so richly deserves after years of honing his craft.”

“Concepts and themes aside, Santa Rosa Fangs is a sumptuous sounding album.”

“Costa’s knack for composing layers of soft psychedelic sounds stapled together with songwriting reflective of his big heart is as evident as it ever has been.”
Rather than setting out to create a specific narrative for the new record, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up.
“I’ve interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what Santa Rosa Fangs is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state,” Costa explains. “It’s the characters’ story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It’s a window into a time period but spoken as if it’s the present.
The beauty of love and loss doesn’t have a date on it; it’s timeless.”
Produced by Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks), Santa Rosa Fangs follows Costa’s 2013 self-titled effort, which was hailed by MTV News as “a full-blown orchestral-pop affair, with strings and horns urging the songs to grand heights and dramatic dynamic shifts,” while American Songwriter included it in their Top 50 Albums of 2013, noting that “everything is meticulously arranged, often with strings, horns and layered backing singing. They effortlessly capture a sweet, innocent, truly captivating folk pop whimsy that never seems forced, pretentious or outdated, even with its obvious reverence for an earlier time.”
In the early 2000s Costa was on his way to becoming a professional skateboarder when he was derailed by a serious injury. He changed his focus to his songwriting and an early demo found its way to No Doubt’s Tom Dumont, who ultimately produced Costa’s early recordings. In the time since Costa’s last full-length record he has kept busy by soundtracking the award-winning documentary Orange Sunshine and independently releasing a series of EPs.
1. Santa Rosa Chapter I
2. I Remember It Well
2. Sharon
4. Grudge
5. Pacific Grove
6. Santa Rosa Fangs
7. Santa Rosa Chapter II
8. Time Tricks
9. Coming Around
10. Ritchie
11. Phosphorescent Letter
12. Windy Smile
13. Real Love
14. I Remember It Well #2
15. Santa Rosa Chapter III
16. Evening Star
17. Lovely Saturday
18. Real Love (Alternate Version)
19. Pacific Grove (Alternate Version)
20. Coming Around (Alternate Version)


September 12
Austin, TX
Cactus Cafe*
September 13
Cypress, TX
Private residence/living room*
September 14
Dallas, TX
Private residence/living room*
September 15
Portland, OR
Private residence/living room*
September 16
Reedsport, OR
Private residence/living room*
September 21
Vista, CA
Private residence/living room*
September 22
Hemet, CA
Private residence/living room*
September 25
Los Angeles, CA
Private residence/living room*
September 26
Ojai, CA
Private residence/living room*
September 27
Sacramento, CA
Private residence/living room*
October 4
Santa Fe, NM
Meow Wolf†
October 5
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom†
October 6
Los Angeles, CA
October 7
Solana Beach, CA
Belly Up Tavern†
October 9
San Francisco, CA
The Chapel†
October 11
Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge†
October 12
Seattle, WA
The Crocodile†
October 13
Vancouver, BC
Biltmore Cabaret†
October 15
Missoula, MT
Top Hat Lounge†
October 16
Salt Lake City, UT
Metro Music Hall†
October 28
Los Angeles, CA
Rock ‘n’ Roll L.A. Half Marathon
November 6
Minneapolis, MN
Cedar Cultural Center†
November 7
Chicago, IL
Thalia Hall†
November 9
Toronto, ON
Long Boat Hall†
November 10
Montreal, QC
Bar Le Ritz†
November 11
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair†
November 13
New York, NY
Le Poisson Rouge†
November 14
Washington, DC
The Black Cat†
November 16
Atlanta, GA
Aisle 5†
November 17
Birmingham, AL
November 18
Nashville, TN
3rd & Lindsley†
* “The Road to Santa Rosa Fangs” Tour
† with Tennis

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