CHVRCHES released their critically acclaimed debut album The Bones of What You Believe at the end of September 2013. The band's first single off the album, "The Mother We Share, " is the #1 Song on the Sirius Alt 18 Countdown and is currently climbing its way up the Alternative radio charts.
Make My Head Sing… was co-produced by Mayfield and her collaborator, bassist and husband Jesse Newport and was recorded at Nashville’s Club Roar studio. Of the new music Mayfield comments, “The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin. I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass and drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and something heavy.”
By throwing everything into the pop culture blender, Trans-Atlantic duo Malibu Shark Attack describe themselves as "Post-New Wave-Prog-Electronica Indiecore Synthpop Rap." While that may sound overwhelming, the unique stew of culture and genre-mashing works, and that's thanks to the multi-cultural background that comprises Malibu Shark Attack.Consisting of Belfast, Northern Irish beatmaker Rocky O'Reilly and Atlanta wordsmith Tribe One. Malibu Shark Attack are Rocky O’Reilly from Belfast, N.Ireland and Tribe One, from Atlanta, GA. The duo layers Tribe One's reflective, insightful and witty lyricism atop the blips and pop loops composed & performed by Rocky, formerly of Irish Indie-pop group Oppenheimer. The Trans-Atlantic Indie-Rap duo started-out like the Postal Service, minus the budget for mailing packages, but have gone one to become an underground force to be reckoned with, and their eponymous debut LP is their calling card to the world.
SOHN's debut album, Tremors, is out today on 4AD. As the release of his debut album, SOHN has taken time out to film a 4AD Session with filmmaker and photographer Andreas Waldschuetz in his adopted Austria. Recorded in the outskirts of Vienna, SOHN - flanked by his live band Albin Janoska (synths) and Stefan Fallmann (bass) - performed four songs from his forthcoming albumTremors.
BORIS has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. In keeping with that tradition, they again flip the script by serving up their most all-encompassing effort to date. Noise is an amplification of BORIS' endless pursuit of musical extremes while moving aggressive, intense rock into new territories.
Barrera described the video as “two journeys, from darkness to the light of sea (from masculinity to eternal feminity), and the awns of a patriarcal society (The Religion, The Clinic and The Armed Forces), in their path to (masculinization) self-destruction. The Alchemical Androgyne (The Hermafrodite / Rebis), ever present character in my videos, embodies my search in the androgenization rites, in this case a rite performed by indigenous tribes where a man makes a cut in his crotch as a symbol to inhabit in a woman body, to live in the middle of two imposed sexes. A symbolic castration that I present as an invitation to “man” to reflect about his feminity. The other character is basically my way of using the right of rebellion through art, to criticize religión which seek to control the souls, current clinic aims to control the body (based not on health but disease) and The Armed Forces as the top of a pyramid that ends up collapsed.”
Writing independently, Drive-By Truckers’ Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood penned songs that dovetailed brilliantly with each other on English Oceans, the Athens, Georgia-based band’s 12th release and highest Billboard debut to date at #16.
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.
With a minimalist aesthetic of rock n roll The Vacant Lots are bringing their hypnotic sonic assault with the release of Departure on July 1, 2014 via Sonic Cathedral. Blending an angular interplay of guitars and electronics with geometric-laden riffs on their debut LP, The Vacant Lots create their most compelling work to date. Departures opener, "Mad Mary Jones, " is a synthesis of adrenaline-driven guitars fueled with electronic and percussive intensity. "6 AM" is a sensory overload strobing with frenetic hypno-monotony set against a backdrop of controlled chaos, while "Make The Connection" contrasts ritualistic tremolo drones against Native American rhythms and spoken word lingering between the pendulum of The Velvets and Lautreamont. For Tomorrow the band enlisted longtime friend Dean Wareham to add additional layers and solo on guitar while the mixing and mastering were carried out by Sonic Boom at his New Atlantis Studio in the UK.
Norwegian import Nico & Vinz kicked off April with the #1 Most Added record at Top 40 radio this week. With 90 out-of-the-box adds at the pop radio format, the duo's hit single "Am I Wrong" is now showing the impact of their European success with early support from the biggest stations in the United States including Z100 (New York), Sirius/XM Hits-1, B96 (Chicago), KMVQ (San Francisco), KHKS (Dallas), Y100 (Miami), Q100 (Atlanta) and many others. Another testament to the single's immediate appeal is the chain-wide add across Cumulus Radio's Top 40 network, which is a rarity in first-week airplay for a new artist. The hit showed early signs of success at the Hot AC format where it debuted on the Adult Airplay Chart just after ten days of airplay - with spins at key Hot AC stations translating into Top 3 local Shazam results.
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