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Artist Update: Deer Tick

posted February 21, 2012, 11:08 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Deer Tick, Tim, Divine Providence


Partisan Records is excited to release Tim, the new EP from Deer Tick on February 28, 2012. Taken from the same sessions that produced the band’s highly acclaimed latest full-length, Divine Providence, Tim comprises four unreleased songs as well as an acoustic version of the single, “Main Street.” (This version is the first time McCauley ever played the song. He had finished writing it just minutes before). Tim will be released digitally only at first, and then will be available on 10″ vinyl during the band’s spring tour. It will be streaming all of this week at rdio.com.

The reaction to Divine Providence has been fantastic. Besides appearing on Late Show with David Letterman and The Conan O’Brien Show, the NY Times called singer/guitarist John McCauley “slyly insightful,” while Rolling Stone hailed that with the Divine Providence, Deer Tick has found the “comfortable sweet spot where the romantic rhythms of girl-group pop, the raspy punk of Nirvana and the rootsy, blue-collar poetry of Bruce Springsteen all blend together into something fresh and new.”  Spin called the record “revelatory,” and American Songwriter said that Divine Providence is “music the Creator Himself may have sent…the best, funniest, most detailed, thrilling blast of rock and roll since The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America. It’ll have you dancing while you’re thinking about the lyrics and positing all kinds of intellectual theories as you listen to its very danceable grooves. In fact, you won’t know which one to do first. And the coolest thing? You will not care.”

Tim and Divine Providence were produced by the band, along with Adam Landry and Justin Collins.

Artist Update: tUnE-yArDs

posted February 21, 2012, 9:43 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

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tUnE-yArDs is currently on tour as the opening support in Europe for St. Vincent. It has just been announced that they will be also touring North American this summer. Dates are listed below:

June 1st, 2012       Terminal 5                                    New York, NY
June 3rd, 2012     9:30 Club                                       Washington, DC
June 5th, 2012    Jefferson Theater                         Charlottesville, VA
June 6th, 2012     The Orange Peel                           Asheville, NC
June 10th, 2012  Contemporary Arts Center     Cincinnati, OH
June 11th, 2012  Wexner Center For the Arts    Columbus, OH
June 12th, 2012  Mr Small’s                                       Pittsburgh, PA
June 13th, 2012  Town Ballroom                             Buffalo, NY
June 14th, 2012  Pearl Street                                    Northampton, MA
July 31st, 2012     La Tulipe                                      Montreal, QC
August 1st, 2012  Phoenix Concert Theatre      Toronto, ON
August 2nd, 2012  Crofoot Ballroom                    St Pontiac, MI

On The Verge: Chiddy Bang

posted February 21, 2012, 8:47 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge, Releases | comment 2 Comments


Breakout electro inspired hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang, comprised of rapper Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones, releases their much buzzed about debut album Breakfast exclusively on the iTunes Store today (iTunes.com/ChiddyBang) and nationally with all retail and digital outlets on February 28th. Additionally, Chiddy Bang’s song “Handclaps & Guitars” will be this week’s FREE iTunes “Single of the Week,” starting today.

The album, which venerable music magazine Spin declared as “one of the most anticipated debuts” and which Alternative Press has already praised for being “filled with Cap’n Crunch-y nuggets of pure, sweet, mainstream hip-pop” was written over the course of the last year while extensively touring throughout the US, Europe and as far as Australia.

Surrounding the release date, Chiddy Bang will make multiple national television appearances with performances of their hit single “Ray Charles” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 24th, Conan on February 27th and The Wendy Williams Show on March 1st. “Ray Charles”, the first single off Breakfast and recently performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, is rapidly climbing the Top 40 and Rhythm radio charts. With rave reviews from Billboard and one of USA Today’s Playlist picks and strong radio support in major markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver, the single is poised to continue it’s ascent through the release of the album.  The video http://vevo.ly/syE4bK which is in rotation on MTV2, mtvU, Fuse and Teen Nick, has racked up over 2 million views on VEVO since it’s January 6th premiere.

In conjunction with the release of Breakfast, Chiddy Bang has linked up with software developer Smule and their MadPad sound mixing application. Smule’s MadPad app turns everyday sights and sounds into the ultimate percussive instrument.  Remixers can play thousands of premade sets or make their own video soundboard in just minutes.  Chiddy Bang have created a number of their own MadPad video sets, one of which they remixed to their single “Ray Charles.”  A video featuring the band both recording and performing the MadPad version of “Ray Charles” can be seen exclusively on Chiddy Bang’s and Smule’s YouTube channels. Users can play with Chiddy Bang’s sets by downloading MadPad, which is free this week in the iTunes App store.

Known for their dedication to touring and energetic live shows, which included memorable performances at Bamboozle, Bonnaroo, Virgin Festival and Austin City Limits in 2011, Chiddy Bang will have several album release shows starting February 22nd with stops in Los Angeles, DC, Philadelphia and New York City.

Governors Ball Music Festival 2012

posted February 21, 2012, 8:21 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Governors Ball Music Festival 2012, fest


Founders Entertainment is excited to announce the lineup for the 2012 edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival. Expanding to two days in its second year, the festival will take place on June 23rdand 24th, providing attendees with a full weekend’s worth of good times and great music spread across two stages with no overlapping sets. Building upon the inaugural year line-up that focused on Dance, Hip Hop, and Electronica, Governors Ball 2012 will also incorporate Indie Rock, Americana, and Pop acts. There will be a distinct vibe to each day, with Saturday mirroring the lineup featured at Governors Ball 2011, and Sunday’s bill focusing primarily on the expanded genres. Single and Two Day tickets will be available, as well as VIP packages. A limited quantity of Pre-Sale tickets for the event will go on sale this Wednesday, February 22nd at 5 am EST via Living Social. A direct link to this pre-sale will be made available on GovBall.com.

2012 Governors Ball Music Festival Confirmed Artists:

Saturday, June 23rd

Passion Pit (First NYC show in 2 years)

Duck Sauce (feat. A-Trak and Armand Van Helden)

Chromeo

Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem)

Atmosphere

Major Lazer

Santigold

Big Gigantic

Penguin Prison

Walk the Moon

Art vs Science

K.Flay

Nobody Beats the Drum

Sunday, June 24th

Beck (First NYC show since 2008)

Modest Mouse

Explosions in the Sky

Devendra Banhart

Cage the Elephant

Built to Spill

Cults

Phantogram

Freelance Whales

Alberta Cross

The Jezabels

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Episode 107: Original American Indie

posted February 21, 2012, 3:00 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Podcast | comment Leave a Comment


A brief look at some of the music and the artists which have shaped modern music and yet, in some cases, have been all but forgotten.

Artist Update: Curren$y

posted February 20, 2012, 4:15 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment


If you thought that Spitta Andretti put out a lot of material quickly last year, just wait until 2012!  2 weeks ago on Super Bowl Sunday, Curren$y released a new free mixtape called Here. You can download it for free here.

Then just last week, he finally released Muscle Car Chronicles, the seventh studio album.  It is produced by Sean O’Connell and features a live band instead of samples.  It also contains featured guests  Mikey Rocks of The Cool Kids and drums by Mars Volta‘s Thomas Pridgen.  It was originally recorded in 2010. Spitta was also just recently confirmed as a late edition addition to SXSW.

 

Update: His new free EP Spitta x SP  #The1st28 Drops Tuesday at 1:28pm.

Update #2: Brand new video for “Livin” was just uploaded, from the Here EP. It was directed & edited by CJ Wallis, @fortyfps.

Update #3: And as previously announced, here is the brand new 5 track EP from Spitta & Styles P #The1st28. Get it here now. There is also a new video posted, a look at the making of the album, behind the scenes.

 

SXSW 2012 Scouting Report: Volume 4

posted February 20, 2012, 3:37 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Delta Spirit, Beach Fossils, Yukon Blonde


Just like in high school and college sports, the music industry has become enamored and obsessed with discovering the next profound promise of potential.  Originally started in 1987, SXSW has matured and blossomed into the premier talent showcase for musicians around the world. As we journey towards this incredible opportunity, we decided to take an in depth look at some of the thousands of up and coming artists who will be performing.

Anyone that has ever been or considered going to experience a massive event like this knows what it feels like when looking over the line up. It can almost feel like reading a foreign language, seeing bands listed that you have never heard of. That’s where we come in to help. This can be used as a planning guide for deciding who to catch for those of you lucky enough to be able to attend. For everyone else, this is intended to be used as a primer for armchair quarterback music aficionados.

This will all be towards us journeying together towards March, as we prepare to pick our Top 50 Indie Picks of SXSW 2012. Read more

Artist Update: The Sounds

posted February 20, 2012, 10:45 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Something To Die For, The Sounds


The Swedish rock band The Sounds recently completed a tour of North America, and are currently in the midst of a European Tour with The Limousines. You can see a trailer for their new tour below.  Last week, they posted a new music video for “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, from the album Something To Die For.

This video was shot by the band primarily using GoPro Hero2 HD cameras during the North American leg of the Something To Die For World Tour. Edited by Kevin J. Custer, here is what the band had to say, directly from their Facebook page:

“We thought we’d have some fun and bought a couple of GoPro Hero2 HD cameras that they use for snowboarding, surfing, etc, and put them on stage, in the crowd and backstage on our North American leg of our World Tour to see what we’d capture. We’ve put together a video for Yeah Yeah Yeah using this footage and some of our other favorite shots.”

As a bonus, we are also posting their live performance video from the Gullfisken Awards.

You can read our interview with the band here, and read a live show review here.

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On The Verge: Widowspeak

posted February 20, 2012, 8:36 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, On The Verge | comment 1 Comment


To say that Widowspeak is a Northwest band is to tell a half-truth.  After all they formed in a Brooklyn apartment thousands of miles to the east, and their guitarist has never even seen the Pacific Ocean.  There are aspects of the band’s sound- abrasive guitar hooks, immediate drumming and incessant codas—that speak to living in a big city.  But there’s also a dreary sparseness, a David Lynch-esque darkness, culled from the other member’s native Washington.  Singer/songwriter Molly Hamiliton grew up in an old house in Tacoma, drummer Michael Stasiak in nearby Lakewood.  While grunge put Seattle on the map and Riot Grrl and the DIY aesthetic are synonymous with Olympia, Tacoma remains grittier, darker even.  Infamous for the acrid small of it paper mills, this blue collar city first crossed paths in that tight-knit scene, both contributing to a local compilation label.  The label lasted all of one summer before half its roster decamped for New York.

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On The Verge: Danny Brown

posted February 20, 2012, 7:43 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Danny Brown


In an era of industry-obsessed MCs, interchangeable hashtag raps, and “viral” everything, it has become increasingly difficult to find a true original in the rap game. Yet ask anyone who’s been paying attention and they’ll tell you: Danny Brown is that dude. In 2011 the Motor City MC teamed up with Fool’s Gold Records and released XXX, a tour-de-force concept record about hedonism, growing up, and Detroit, which took listeners on a profane and psychedelic journey through his own uncensored id. After a year of universal critical acclaim – from Spin naming XXX Rap Album Of The Year to Danny covering the Metro Times and Real Detroit in the same week as their Artist Of The Year – Danny continues to spread his irreverent gospel worldwide with extensive touring and even more unrestrained, unstoppable rhymes.  Having already been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, for 2012, he will be at the 35 Denton Fest, Cyprus Hill Smoke Out Fest, and Bonnaroo,in addition to touring as opening support for Childish Gambino. He was also just named to the XXL Freshman list 2012, as well as landing a cover for The Fader.

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