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On Thursday September 19, work started on the follow up to 2013's Pocketless Shirt EP with a song release expected for mid-November / early December. Updated EP release set for beginning of February.

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Check out this fun story of the British couple who got married in Austin, TX at Roadhouse Relics (who made the neon sign for the Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull sleeve art).

"Cupid, throw back your bow.."

Nic Armstrong Nothing Helps

After that horrendous lull in recording activity between slipping into the Texas quicksand and releasing last November's Pocketless Shirt EP we are grateful to announce that a follow up EP is in the works. We have drawn up a shortlist of 10 tracks from 50+ and we'll be whittling these down further for a release before the end of the year! More info to follow.

This is in line with our strategy of releasing AT LEAST one music product every 12 months.

In the meantime, have you got your copy of Pocketless Shirt EP yet?

2nd Red-Hot Hootenanny

Nic Armstrong & The Thieves will bring the Brit rock and roll to the 2nd Annual Red-Hot Hootenanny and Pie Contest, a benefit for KOOP 91.7 FM scheduled for Sunday 13 July at the exceptionally atmospheric Spiderhouse Ballroom in Austin, TX. Event begins at 6:00 PM.

Nic Armstrong Up & Atom

Check out the current issue of Up & Atom for an interview with Nic. Go get modded up!

Many thanks to Atom Retro and Madcap Clothing.

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Biggest Swabfest in Texas - Thursday 8th May - 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Just announced: Nic Armstrong & The Thieves added to lineup.. Come and get registered in the national stem cell registry along with great music and food. YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE!

Please join and share the Facebook and do512 event pages. Spread the word.


Band Line-Up

  • 11:00 am - Phoebe Hunt
  • 11:30 am - J.T. Van Zandt
  • 12:00 pm- Adam Ahrens
  • 1:00 pm - Elizabeth McQueen
  • 2:00 pm - Drew Smith
  • 3:00 pm - Erin Ivey
  • 4:00 pm - The Continuums
  • 5:00 pm - Jeff Lofton
  • 6:00 pm - Matt Hubbard Trio
  • 7:00 pm - Nic Armstrong & The Thieves
  • 8:00 pm - For Her And The Snow
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Buzzing to be back up to New York City with two dates in May. Shows are not to be missed.

  • Sunday 11 May - Rockwood Music Hall at 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday 14 May - The Rock Shop in Brooklyn. Doors at 7:30 PM

Many thanks to EVERYONE who has pre-ordered their copy of Pocketless Shirt on vinyl. We are happy to announce that the acetates are getting cut this week in London by Grammy winning engineer, Noel Summerville of 3345 Mastering.

Not long to go now. Super thanks for your purchase and patience - it's gonna sound awesome!

Nic Armstrong May 14 The Rock Shop, Brooklyn

Happy to announce a second show in New York: The Rock Shop in Brooklyn on Wednesday 14 May.

  • Nic Armstrong, Lunifred Benjamin
  • Wednesday May 14, 2014
  • Doors: 7:30 PM
  • 21 and over
  • $8 - $10
Nic Armstrong Rockwood Music Hall

8:15 PM - Nic Armstrong

No Cover

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$10 ADV | $12 DOS DOORS 8:00, SHOW 9:00

"Diverse bill created to hit every genre to showcase the work of Nic Armstrong. Don't miss the legend!" - Lola's Saloon

8:00 PM - Doors

9:00 PM - War Party

10:00 PM - The Apache 5

11:00 PM - Nic Armstrong & The Thieves

12:00 PM - Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward


We are super excited by the news of radio play for Nic Armstrong & The Thieves' Pocketless Shirt EP!

With our micro (read zero!) budget and small team as manager, booker, promo and plugger, we are very grateful to KCRW and Anne Litt for all their support - a lovely and timely shot in arm! Not that we need a morale boost but one always helps during the intensity of SXSW. Tune in to Anne's show every Saturday and Sunday from noon (PST):

Update: Closer to HQ, we are super thankful to 101X in Austin, especially Homegrown Live's Deidre Gott! Tune in to Deidre's show every Sunday at 9 PM (CT) then check out her blog here for playlist info: and

Spread the word folks! Call your local...

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Set Pieces from Nic Armstrong & The Thieves' latest Pocketless Shirt EP makes Gigslutz' Tracks Of The Week.

Read on:

"Tracks Of The Week 17.02.14

Mari Lane

Hailing from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Nic Armstrong now resides in Austin, TX, composing his eclectic range of alternative rock and roll. Currently finalising the arrangements of five years’ worth of compositions, a taster of the first bit of new material for quite some time has now surfaced. ‘Set Pieces’ is a hook-laden offering with a retro vibe. Clearly influenced by his newfound homeland, Armstrong’s latest track is filled with a sunny garage-rock vibe, but stays true to his roots with a Beatles-esque romanticism and intricate, Brit-Pop reminiscent riffs. Exuding a dedicated energy and soulfully smooth vocals (which still retain a vague Northern twang, despite Armstrong’s time in the States), ‘Set Pieces’ is a catchy tune that will leave you wanting more.

So, if you have been missing Armstrong’s dulcet tones for the last five years, fear not – he is back to caress your eardrums, along with his...

Cherrywood Coffee Nic Armstrong


  • 5:00 PM - Friday 06 June
  • 5:00 PM - Friday 11 April
  • 5:00 PM - Friday 04 April
  • 5:00 PM - Friday 28 March
  • 5:00 PM - Friday 21 February
  • 5:00 PM - Friday 14 February
  • 5:00 PM - Friday 07 February
  • 5:00 PM - Friday 31 January

Beginning Friday 31 January, Nic will undertake a weekly Friday night residency in Austin, TX from 5pm-7pm. Come and get your happy hour on.

The Sketchbook Sessions: the concept of the residency is to present, roll out and test arrangements of upcoming material. Using the massive backdrop to present images and films, we will encourage guest musicians and a variety of instruments to electrify the compositions further.

Read on for each week's diary entry.


Great times were had at the Nic Armstrong & The Thieves' Pocketless Shirt EP release party at The Blackheart in Austin last month. So many thanks to everyone who made the EP and the event a great success.

Photos courtesy of Matt Lankes.


"Album reviews: Nic Armstrong & The Thieves: A British transplant now thriving in Austin

In the mid-2000′s Nic Armstrong traveled to Austin from his English homeland and never left. We should be glad he stayed. Whether he purposefully decided to make Austin his home or whether the city herself just wouldn’t let go of him is unknown, but however it happened, it worked out in our favor. In November he put out a new EP, Pocketless Shirt, and the tunes are quite swell. The sounds and influences on the EP are varied – on one hand I hear 1960′s-style British pop and on the other hand I hear West Coast-inspired summery fuzz-laden rock. The EP has six songs on it, and each one showcases Nic and his band in an interesting fashion.

The EP opens up with a song called “Set Pieces.” A mix of electric and acoustic guitar sounds, driving drum beats, and Beatles-esque vocals sets the tone for the rest of the album: sunny and bright, bubblegum without being cheesy or too light, and full of fantastic fuzzy guitars and slightly dramatic little twists and turns in the vocals that...


Super bad news: severe weather advisories have been issued for the impending ice storm and both shows this weekend at Three Links - Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX and Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK have been cancelled.

We will update re-scheduled show info as soon as possible.

Nic Armstrong The Sunday Times

UK national broadsheet, The Sunday Times, declares, "Nine years after decamping to Texas, the Geordie garage rocker shows us what we've been missing."

Just when the coroner had been notified, they detected a pulse!

Pocketless Shirt EP is out now on most digital platforms. Buy it now: iTUNES