Brooklyn rockers Walking Shapes have come a long way since their formation in late 2012. The band released their debut LP, Mixtape Vol. 1, on July 30 (via No Shame Records), had a residency at Pianos in NYC, and garnered truckloads of critical support from across the US for their bass-heavy, atmospheric rock aesthetic and frenetic live shows.
Cursing The Sea, the debut album from Ireland's September Girls, is a dark kaleidoscope of echoey drums, buzzsaw bass, angular guitars and reverb-drenched vocals that blends garage rock and post-punk to extraordinary effect.
Xu Xu Fang are a dark-and-brooding, slow-and-rolling musical experience like something you’d hear at a Laserium show or listen to on big headphones in the back of a conversion van. A quintet comprised of drummer/songwriter/producer Bobby Tamkin (previously in The Warlocks), guitarist Devin Johnson, keyboardist Lisa Fendelander, bassist Kyle Hines, lead vocalist Sinosa Micik and recently added Derek Muro on synthesizers, Xu Xu Fang has previously shared the stage with Warpaint, A Place To Bury Strangers, Duke Spirit and more.
Now available to watch and share courtesy of CMT Edge, the band’s new video for “Blame Me” showcases a rowdy performance of the track with the band surrounded by fans. Read about the making of the video and watch it HERE.
Little Racer is a four-piece from Brooklyn consisting of Elliot Michaud (vocals, guitar), Ish Nazmi (bass), Wade Michael (guitar), and Dave Tedeschi (Drums). Shortly after forming in 2010, their eponymous single Little Racer found it's away across the ocean to the BBC and London imprint Young and Lost Club, who subsequently released the 7" single The Town/Split for the Coast in late 2011. After a short visit to London to support the single, they returned to New York to write and record a follow up EP. With influences ranging from New Order to Cat Stevens, their ringing guitars and choruses will most definitely take you away from it all, even if only for 24 minutes.
Haunted Hearts is an art project of Dee Dee Penny (Dum Dum Girls) & Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles). It is many years dreamt, one cold winter realized. It is not the melding of two bands; it is a true collaboration.
The sound is important but nothing is more important than the feeling of the sound. When Charlie Brand (vocals, guitar) was writing the newest Miniature Tigers record, he looked to the sum of his musical influences for inspiration. “I wanted to make something like Weezer’s Blue Album—not exactly the album, but the feeling of listening to that album at age whatever. Something with that feeling that could connect with people.” That’s how the band had started, after all: When he and founding member Rick Schaier (keys) connected over Myspace in the mid-’00s through their love of the same bands. After a few albums, they brought on Algernon Quashie (guitar) and Brandon Lee (bass) to complete the band.
Toronto's Odonis Odonis is not the sort of band that can be easily pigeonholed. Their forthcoming album 'Hard Boiled Soft Boiled' (out April 15 on Buzz Records) is split in two distinct halves - the first contains their unique brand of industrial noise rock, the second showcases their dreamier, more melodic side.
Brooklyn Indie Pop stalwarts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just announced their eagerly anticipated third LP titled Days of Abandon after two critically-acclaimed records that demonstrated the group's ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems. Today, the band shares the first official music video from the record, the live action GIF dinner party clip for "Simple and Sure"
Out from the shadows appears a trio of Singapore cats armed with deadly instruments and a need to fill the air with their eclectic alt-rock tunes. This psych-rock trio’s music will slowly creep in through your window in the middle of the night and wait for you in a dark corner in your room, patiently awaiting to pounce.
Los Angeles, CA - March 24, 2014 - The Last Year have announced the release of their self-titled debut five-song EP now available at online retailers everywhere. Alongside the lead single "Sugar", Guitar World Acoustic Nation is exclusively premiering the acoustic video of the track online. Fans can view it now online and receive a free download of the acoustic track simply by "liking" the band's page on Facebook. Recently, the band unveiled the official music video for the single "Sugar" that can now also be viewed online. The Last Year will begin touring the U.S. in support of the EP release, select shows have been confirmed with additional dates to be announced shortly. For more information, please visit them on the web at www.TheLastYear.net
In the midst of The Wonder Years massively successful North American run of "The Greatest Generation" tour, the band has released a brand new music video for their song "Dismantling Summer", taken from their most recent album "The Greatest Generation" released in May of 2013.
March 24, 2014 - Seattle, Washington - William Control has released the lyric video for his track "Illuninator" (featuring Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides) from his upcoming album "The Neuromancer" (out April 4th).
John P. Dwyer has been lancing eardrums with Thee Oh Sees in an ever escalating flurry of records for the past 6 years. Since the release of "The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In" announced a new loud era and excepting a few momentary detours into home-baked territory ("Dog Poison" and "Castlemania" for example), JPD and company have pummeled a bit harder each time out, cemented their reputation as a live force to be reckoned with, and have left legions sweaty and bruised in the process. Late last year, after years of relentlessly touring the world, the word got out…Dwyer's moving to LA (fear not, still California!) and Thee Oh Sees are taking a much needed hiatus with a shifting of gears ahead and a new album on the way. This is that album.
CHAPPO was born in the East Village of New York in 2009 and in a few short years has created an enthusiastic and rambunctious following. Splitting the difference between the guitar driven psychedelia of 60′s west coast rock and spiritual witch doctor moonshine of Dr John, they regularly turn their live show into nothing short of spectacle. After releasing a pair of EP’s Plastique Universe and Plastique Universe II: Pisces Princess in 2010 and 2011, they signed with Majordomo records to release their full length debut Moonwater in 2012. CHAPPO will be releasing their second LP, Future Former Self, on their own Rouse Records, due out Spring 2014.
Check out the brand new video from BROODS for their US single ‘Bridges’ here:
The band released their debut EP earlier this month and recently announced more North American tour dates for April and May.
'Artifice' was shot in a wide open studio space outside of Vienna - the biggest soundstage in Austria, " says Austrian filmmaker Andreas Waldschuetz. "I chose a reduced and slick backdrop for the video as I wanted to the overall look to be completely clean and futuristic. I recently rewatched Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey 2001 and was pretty inspired by it. Listening to 'Artifice' the first thing that popped into my head were neon tubes - I love neon lights. I love its coldness and sterility, and the graphical element that comes with it. All in all a glitchy piece of art."
Reigning from the country of Puerto Rico, Convalesce decided to move to the United States in 2009 to fully pursue music and expand their audience. Aside from the intricate music and catchy melodies, their sole purpose was to reach out to those that were hurting through a simple message of hope and love. Over the past few years, Convalesce has not only exploded onto the Jacksonville, Florida music scene, but also stood true to their Christian roots in a society that is generally filled with hate and negativity. The band strives to become a light in what seems to be such a dark place.
Bang Bang Bang - Dreamphone - Imagine a mix of Hole + The Go Go’s + The Shangri Las + Throwing Muses + early Madonna - this is one of her more poppier singles, but she has a full band and plays guitar and loves Hole & Pixies.
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El-P and Killer Mike's chain-snatching, poodle-shooting, antihero anthem "Run The Jewels" gets an appropriately bugged out animated video courtesy of Bristol's RUFFMERCY. Watch this at high volume, preferably in a residential area.
Brooklyn-based pretty indie band Canon Logic has recently released the video for "IBOK, " their second single off the Wyld EP. Wyld will be released in full on 2/25, and is already receiving the acclaim their first EP, Rapid Empire (2011) deserved.
SOHN (who has been working with Haim, Lorde, Miguel, Rhye, Angel Haze on production / remixes etc) will have his debut album (with him singing) coming this spring on 4AD. Zane Lowe in the UK just premiered the lead single "Artifice" from the album.
Wareham had previously announced a North American tour that kicks off on April 1 in Atlanta, GA and ends on April 12 in St. Paul, MN. He will play New York City's Bowery Ballroom on April 5. Previous to the tour Wareham is confirmed to play the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN which is being held March 28-30. The complete tour is listed below and more dates are being confirmed.
If the third full length by L.A. duo Qui sounds like a radical departure, you probably were never really listening properly in the first place. Sure, perfectly taut vocal harmonies and precise, sparse instrumentation supplants much of the band's early fume-huffing punk-noise here, but their penchant for challenging, button-pushing ideas is stronger than ever. Qui also employed harmonies and experimental structures on their previous album Love's Miracle (2007) with former vocalist David Yow (The Jesus Lizard). But, Life, Water, Living... is clearly the band's most meticulously refined effort at using melody and harmony as subversive weapons.
“We became friends with some Californian surfers who were in Biarritz for surfing contests. We wanted to travel and play outside France so our new friends helped us make connections; we earned a little money with summer jobs and flew to California a few months later. It was crazy; we ended up doing 27 gigs in 3 months!”
Just months after moving from his hometown of Seattle to Los Angeles, Jaymes started to self-release the new music he was writing and producing from his tiny bedroom. It instantly received attention from various tastemakers, including Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1. Jaymes recently shared the stage with London Grammar and Sir Sly. Jaymes channels elation, heartache, joyousness and bitterness through the guitarist's blend of indie pop and R&B. It's as if James Blake, Active Child and The Weeknd all wrote down and blended their best and worst memories of past relationships and hit Record.
There's not much known about pop-y yet reclusive British band Superfood here in the U.S., but their new single and matching video, "Melting" seem to be picking up some steam on both sides of the pond. Superfood seems to have formed around late 2011, playing their first known show in Birmingham. Their SoundCloud page looks like it' gearing up for an EP later this year, and there have been a few single releases since their inception 3 years ago.
The new video for "Walked Away" from Aziza & the Cure features a personal look at a couple in love. The video is intimate, fading gently in and out of various domestic scenes interspersed with Joelle Britt playing violin and singing, and Bradley Rouen playing guitar.
ondon-based singer Jetta has just released her second single since her first, "Start a Riot" made waves late last year. "Feels Like Coming Home" is a soulful ballad about new love and gaining hope, and it underscores the idea that Jetta's days as a backing singer for the likes of Cee-Lo Green and Paloma Faith are over and done.
On a brisk December night in Los Angeles, electronic duo Classixx performed an explosive set and brought out hundreds of people to the famed Mack Sennett Studios in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles for the first installment of the Ford Artist Connect Series, presented by Pitchfork. The private performance was electric – accompanied by a gorgeous mod set design by Nu California. Today, Pitchfork unveils the video from that spectacular evening.
Swedish threesome NONONO, aka vocalist Stina Wappling, and production duo Astma & Rocwell formed in Stockholm during the spring of 2012, following Stina’s return from Brighton where she had spent three years studying for a degree in psychology - a subject which might have indirectly
impacted her songwriting...
Multi-million-selling electronic music pioneers Morcheeba have released a stunning video for their single ‘Gimme Your Love’. Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond, the video portrays Skye in a dizzying kaleidoscope of Technicolor, her ethereal beauty exemplified by the sensational floral backdrop and billowing silk gowns. All the costumes for the video were specially designed and created by Skye, drawing inspiration from the seductive brooding landscape of this infectious synth-driven track.
Los Angeles-based Lucy co-produced Timekeeper with producer d.Fly, except for “Boomerang” which was produced by Matt Hales (aka Aqualung, who also collaborated with Lucy on the duet “Cold” for the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack). All songs were mixed by Shawn Everett (Sara Watkins, Weezer) at Zeitgeist Studios. Lucy describes Timekeeper as a very visual project. “My dream is for this record to open up the listener’s imagination. I want to use visuals to really create a tangible world for each song. I want people not only to hear the music and feel the music, but to see the music.” Accordingly, Lucy has been teaming up with an array of visual artists to create the fantasy world of Timekeeper, including renowned photographer Tierney Gearon, with whom she created the dynamic monkey photographs that adorn the “Boomerang” single’s cover.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - Los Angeles electronic artist Big Black Delta has released a new music video for the song "Love You This Summer", off their self-titled album that came out earlier this year. Directed by Nicolás Prados of 7 Inch Videos, the video uses vintage footage from the legendary film 'Badlands', starring Sissy Spacek. Frontman Jonathan Bates shared"Sissy Spacek is so very beautiful."
If that ravenous Wicker Man reference sounds both sinister and not the least bit serious, good. Because that pretty much nails how elusive Pagiins is musically and lyrically on their debut EPs, Good Things Take Time and Bad Things Don't. Loosely linked through contrasting titles and cover art—one's stark and full of squares, while the other's bursting with color and concentric circles—they loudly introduce the ying/yang forces at the heart of the band's fuzz-flecked hooks. And now that they're being spread across the sides of one 12'' like a bi-polar LP, it's easy to get swept up in their sonic similarities while recognizing their slight differences.
"Dip" is the first music video from Danny Brown's hotly anticipated new album Old, a paranoid, psychedelic adventure shot in London and Paris by director Rollo Jackson (Hot Chip, Squarepusher) during Danny's first European headlining tour this summer.
Team Spirit have unveiled the new animated video for "Phenomenon" from the band's debut self-titled EP out now on VICE Records / WBR. The video is the final episode in the band's continuous five part video series collaboration with Swedish animators Hannes and Johannes. "In the final Chapter of the Team Spirit Inter-Galactic Time-Travelling Dimension-Bending Saga" explains frontman Ayad Al Adhamy "we end up in WWII Era Germany in search of our love from Hell and a way back Home. Will we all find Salvation?"
UK artist and producer Until The Ribbon Breaks today released his debut EP ‘A Taste Of Silver’ (Republic Records) and also revealed his new official video for the lead single taken from the EP titled ‘Pressure’.
Brooklyn's Columboid are purveyors of experimental rock and disturbing visions: from their first video "Juicy Mode" that showed a monster wandering the streets of Brooklyn, to their latest video "Gorky" that depicts a woman stumbling through an alternate reality where faces emerge from walls and gravity itself is altered.
Ellenwood-EP.com recently caught up with Mother Falcon, an exceptional group of musicians from the beautiful city of Austin, Texas. We caught up with them upon their first few days of residency in Los Angeles, California and to say Mother Falcon is unique is an absolute understatement. Here is a group of classically trained musicians, pushing the envelope and absorbing and then interpreting modern/alternative rock n' roll through traditional woodwind, brass and stringed instruments. Their energy is nothing short of amazing…with at least fourteen musicians onstage collaborating is a phenomenon to watch (and in my case, interview)….they dress alike and when on tour they live together – this makes the whole musical experience almost sublime. Their most recent album, “You Knew” is brilliant. If you get to see them live ….you will be absolutely stunned. There are no words to describe their musical talent.
Julia Holter is set to release Loud City Song, out on Domino on August 20th 2013. ‘Maxim’s I’ is the third glimpse of this record to be shared by the Los Angeles-based artist – following the spectral, stark opening track ‘World’ and the gracefully euphoric lead single ‘In The Green Wild’.
Remembrance is the debut EP from Hayley Coupon, a self-taught New York-based singer and pianist. Inspired by American folk and classic rock, Coupon writes songs that bridge the seemingly impassable divide between vocals-driven pop and acoustic, lyrically lush folk rock. With influences as disparate as Joni Mitchell and Radiohead or Leonard Cohen and Jon Brion, Remembrance reclaims and updates the spirit and tradition of the singer/songwriter art form in its confessional compositions and personal imagery.
For their remarkable third record Off You Go, Boston indie favorites Gladiola turned the focus insular, writing catchy, power pop anthems about, simply, what they know. Lead singer and English teacher Bill Madden-Fuoco took the advice he doles out to his students, “Write what you know” to heart, crafting tunes from classroom experiences and observations of his Boston Public high school students. “Most of the songs are about teenagers, and a lot of the ideas came right from the classroom, ” he explains. Evoking the rebellious teenage spirit captured by The Hold Steady, Madden-Fuoco and Co. document these experiences with an electric garage spirit, matching the protagonists and their journeys.
Berlin based electronic music trio, Moderat have just released their meticulous and dynamic sophomore LP, II via Mute. Comprised of Sascha Ring (Apparat), Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (Modeselektor), Moderat represent the very best in innovative electronic music infused with infectious and poppy vocals. IIhas dialed in the aesthetics of Modeselektor’s throbbing bass and tricky beats while maintaining the delicate vocals we’ve come to love and expect from Apparat. II is the most diverse and complex piece of work released by Moderat to date - confidently and capriciously capturing a broad range of the emotional spectrum.
The Buddhist concept of the ‘hungry ghost’ neatly sums up the urgency, the want, the search of Violent Soho’s music. Amid the riffs, hooks and wail of front man Luke Boerdam is a stark examination of the way we view the world, and the way consumer culture feeds relentlessly on itself and its urges. A fitting theory for an unapologetic, no-bullshit post-grunge cacophony, as laid bare on the Brisbane, Australia four-piece’s second album, "Hungry Ghost".
Effortlessly bridging the unlikely musical gaps between the lush, ethereal, idiosyncratic nature of Kate Bush, the flirtatious punk pop of Bow Wow Wow and the corralling spirit and eclecticism of Roxy Music, Raw Geronimo is led by the industrious and spritely multi-instrumentalist Laena Geronimo. Her pedigree as the progeny of a gifted Romanian singer/songwriter mother and drummer father (Alan Myers of Devo) is undeniable. Here, Geronimo finally sees her writhing brainchild come to its true fruition after years of veteran time spent both in countless DIY punk/experimental groups and holding down bass playing duties for contemporary girl-group darlings The Like. Raw Geronimo is the inevitable result of all the pent-up energy her poised, salivating, tiger-like heart hosted while pent up on the front lines. Fully ripened in this sense, she broke free to put together the ‘raw’ (you can see where this is going) elements of her long burning vision to create the aptly named combo you see before you. Geronimo insists that the sextet, consciously and purposefully comprised of an equal ratio of boys to girls, is very much a collaborative effort – a complete fist rather than a single middle finger.
“Loud Like Love” is the title track from Placebo’s seventh studio album, out on September 17 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). The internationally acclaimed rock band just released a lyric video for the song, which is also their current U.S. single
The Silent Comedy is a San Diego-based group of musicians mixing Americana, Folk and Rock n’ Roll into a sound that is best understood by experiencing their live show. Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman started the band to capture the feeling of the bar culture they worked in and the revival meetings they grew up attending. The outcome is an experience that has been described as “a whiskey tent revival.”
Jef Barbara makes his anticipated return from the future with his new single and remix EP entitled, “I Know I’m Late”, the debut track from his forthcoming avant-garde full length, due out worldwide through Club Roll and Tricatel, this autumn. “I Know I’m Late” is a new wave cyborg with the primary directive to groove you, Gary Numan stylee. Jef Barbara blends debonair Roxy Music-like textures and Bowie-esque, diva-discerning glam – revealing his soul generously and candidly – a consummate performer and provocateur. Jef’s new music is at times urgent and compelling, but also lush and hypnotic.
Dave Stewart is a 21st Century Renaissance Man...when he's not collaborating on a documentary with Stevie Nicks, he's working on a graphic novel and after that he's developing an animated feature film to coincide with the release of his album, "Lucky Numbers" this fall. Oh-wait, we're not done. There's a Broadway show being developed and he recently produced Orianthi's latest album, "Heaven In This Hell". At the end of the day he relaxes and meets up with his friends for dinner. They just happen to be Paul McCartney and Ringo Star and he still finds time to go check out clubs in fashionable Silverlake where his friends, the Rolling Stones are playing and happen to be doing a warm up gig for their 50 and Counting tour.
LIGHTS ON at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Lights played her acoustic album Siberia to a sold out crowd and there's no doubt she brought her best game to the city of Angels. In my mind, Lights can do it all. She has the talent and the patience to take an album full of synths and dubstep and weave it into an acoustic force majeure.
Ellenwood caught up with Australian Emma Louise before she kicked off her US tour at Hotel Café last Friday night. We talked about her new debut album "Head vs Heart" (which will be released in the USA on May 21st, 2013) and her song writing process and inspirations.
Fans lined up in front of the Fonda Theater at 8am in the morning on Sunday October 28th , 2012. And it wasn't to get tickets to see her — they already had them. They wanted to make sure they were in the front row. At about 2:00pm in the afternoon, Lights showed up in the tour bus and spent about an hour in the front of the theater, signing autographs and talking to her loyal fans. They appreciated it and when she took to the stage at a little after 9pm that evening, she didn't disappoint. According to those fans who waited 12 hours to see her perform up close and personal -- it was all worth it. Lights' voice was solid all through the night and her energy and enthusiasm got everyone in the room dancing and singing.
Hemmingway's latest featured artist completed week two of their month long residency this past Tuesday night. Los Angeles based rock group 'Falling Still' took advantage of the intimate location by adding cube lights and multi-colored strobes, blending well with their modern yet contagious sound.
San Francisco's Ash Reiter are back with their second full-length album "HOLA" with ten tracks of instantly catchy, '60s pop inspired tunes. "HOLA" has been a long time in the making. The band began recording the album with engineer Carlos Arredondo at New Improved Recording in Oakland (Tune-yards and Deerhoof) shortly after the release of "Paper Diamonds" in 2010. They gradually added to the album with home studio overdubs, adding as many as one hundred tracks to some songs. This attention to detail and lush production sets "HOLA" apart from your average indie band. The songs are both playful and thought provoking; they stir something in the listener. The lyrics tackle unusual themes; in "Little Sandy" Reiter explores the American pioneer experience. The song "Ishi" uses the troubled life of California's historical figure Ishi: The Last of His Tribe, for subject matter. While "I've Got Something I Can Laugh About" follows themes of embarrassment and Reiter's own struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. Not the stuff of your typical pop song, but perhaps that's what is so appealing about this band—they are familiar but a little weird. And you can expect more weirdness to come with future recordings.
German-born electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss is set to release his long-awaited new album, A Long Way To Fall, February 12, 2013 on Domino in North America and his own Scripted Realities imprint in the rest of the world on January 18, 2013. His fourth album, A Long Way To Fall returns to the punchier rhythms and pronounced lead work of his landmark album, A Strangely Isolated Place, while incorporating some new textures and sounds from his earlier sonic explorations. Schnauss explains:
Hot on the trail of their recent EP release and New York City show dates, The Peach Kings, Texan Paige McClain Wood and Californian Steven Trezevant Dies, just put out this sun-soaked video directed by Paul Trillo. This video for the track "Lonely" off their September EP Handsome Moves features empty bodies filling a single panaromic view of the New York skyline.
Atlas Genius just premiered the official video for their hit single "Trojans, " on MTV, MTVu and VH1 and is now up on YouTube for optimal sharing purposes. Watch it and feel free to spread it. The video was directed by Claire Marie Vogel and produced by Dave Szamet.
JAN is the new solo project from Kim Talon, known for being the latter half of art-rock band Eagle and Talon. Produced by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, Sleater-Kinney) at Seattle’s London Bridge Studios, JAN will release her self-titled debut album on November 13th. The record packs a mean punch with riot grrrl-infused vocals, fuzzy guitars, and blissed-out grunge rhythms.
Chicago rap label Closed Sessions dropped the next leak off their upcoming compilation that they partnered with MTV 2 Sucka Free for, Closed Sessions Vol. 2. Download it and watch the story behind the track below
Greta Morgan, the lead singer of Gold Motel and also plays keyboards sat down with Ellenwood and had lunch at Tony's Mexican Grill in North Hollywood to talk about the bands new album and their East coast tour. On July 3, 2012 Gold Motel releases their second self-titled album, "Gold Motel". Greta will head back to Chicago (the bands hometown) where Gold Motel will do an in-store performance at Saki then go on tour where they'll be playing everywhere from St. Louis to New York City.
For The Orwells, Remember When will be an introduction of sorts-the 12-track rat-race shows the band's repertoire of pranging riffs and sneering, snot-nosed vocals. The tracks are a walloping war-cry from a generation that up until this point has only offered bubblegum pop--thus the animus of The Orwells. It's quite clear early on the in listening to the LP that the band is well aware of the past, the homage rings through the record, using the ghost of punk's past as their musical sprit guide. However, the band straddles the thing line between their influences and their originality, ripping riffs and smashing drums in such a fashion that their age becomes unimportant.
Renowned rapper and producer, Aesop Rock, is preparing to wax poetically to throngs of fans across North America this summer as he makes his way across the continent touring in support of his upcoming release, Skelethon. The New York-bred, San Francisco-based master of all flows atypical is set to kick off his tour, along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, July 13th in Los Angeles and will traverse across the US and Canada through August.
Delta Rae are getting ready to release their debut album, Carry The Fire, on June 19th. They're currently out on the road, touring the country doing what they do best - playing live. Check out the dates below and let me know if you'd like a copy of the album sent your way. You can also download a live album for free on their website in exchange for an email address and watch the band's video for the haunting single "Bottom Of The River" while you're at it.
Rise Records and Poison the Well are proud to announce the re-release of The Opposite of December and Tear From The Red. These 2 classic albums (19 songs total) have been out of print for years and will finally get a proper re-release this summer which will include limited edition double 12”gatefold vinyl, deluxe CD and low-priced digital album. Both albums will be re-mastered as well.
Romantic song-slingers PAPA are pleased to unveil their take on legendary songwriter Nick Lowe's perennial classic "I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass" blissfully displayed in their sun-lit, black & white video filmed by Little Video. Contrary to their intense live show, in the video PAPA is taking it easy, effortlessly performing for each-other and the camera, and now you are invited to peak in on the session.
Brooklyn's The Hairs are pleased to unveil the video for "Satan Says" which comes off their I've Been Working Out 7", available on WeePOP! Records with a limited run of 300 bright red vinyl copies. The stop-motion video depicts the eccentric personalities of the band playing with plastic toy animals and writing death-notes amongst kaleidoscopic pastels configurations.
Synth-pop twosome, New Look, boldly forge new aural landscapes imbued with hues of sultry 80s pop on their upcoming self-titled and self-released debut album, coming June 5th. For nearly five years, the Canadian duo made up of real life couple Sarah Ruba and Adam Pavao, have made music by combining sexy siren-esque vocals with manipulated analog instrumentation, bubbling bass and sparse house snyth dripping in rich reverb. New Look's unparalleled sound seems to be plucked from a time period yet to be experienced; perfectly suited for the delightfully paradoxical breezy bedrooms and intimate spaces of a highly mechanized future. The album includes the critically acclaimed single "Nap on the Bow" which The Guardian lauded as "the perfect blend of crispness and melodic concision."
AU is premiering a colorful, dazzling music video for "OJ" today by Japanese director Takafumi Tsuchiya. He was also the creative visionary behind AU's 2010 music video for "Ida Walked Away". The band continues their tour in Europe in support of their new album, Both Lights, which is out now on Hometapes.
Fontaine is one of YACHT's longtime favorite artists. Her singing style, her ability to blend humor and major gravitas, her seeming flippancy about life and death, and her willingness to take on serious issues: these are all huge inspirations for YACHT. So is her path of unswerving weirdness.
LAZYgunsBRISKY is an all-girl hard rock quartet from Tokyo. Comprising members Lucy (vocals), izumi (guitar), azu (bass, vocals), and Moe (drums). The band draws influence from 60s - 80s rock and roll, great songs full of fat guitars and sludgy basses. Often described as an updated Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith, while some of the older songs possess the brutish simplicity of The Stooges, the band delivers straight ahead rock n roll with a sassy Japanese twist.
Los Angeles-based Alekesam (aka Selema Masekela) is pleased to announce the release of his debut LP The Sound of Alekesam. Available on May 13 via iTunes on Shoveling Sunshine, the highly personal record blends r & b, jazz, and hip hop. In addition to the release of the record, Alekesam will premiere Alekesam, a short film about Hugh Masekela and his connection through music with his son Selema, at this week's Tribeca Film Festival.
GOLD MOTEL is excited to announce the July 3rd release of their self-titled sophomore album on their own Good as Gold imprint via a new partnership with Thirty Tigers. The new album is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album Summer House which was independently released in June 2010 and had SPIN dubbing them a “hot new band.” They are scheduled to play a hometown show at The Metro in Chicago on April 27th as well as a show at Illinois State University in Normal, IL on April 28th where fans will get to hear some of their new songs live.
Toronto folk outfit The Wooden Sky are pleased to unveil "Grace On A Hill Pt. 4, " the fourth of a
five-part series of live performance videos shot in at the Grace On A Hill church in Toronto, directed by Scott Cudmore. The video continues the story from Pt. 1, Pt. 2, and Pt. 3, this time with the band performing "Malibu Rum" as the storm sirens begin to wail and things look rather grim.