White Fence‘s new LP, CYCLOPS REAP is due April 9th via Thee Oh Sees‘ Castleface label, and preceding that is the “Pink Gorilla” 7″ — “Fragility” is one of two exclusive B-sides on the single (that’s the 7″ cover art above). The single is a split release between Castleface and Tim Presley’s own Birth Records. Presley also recently spoke to SPIN about the new record.
More about CYCLOPS REAP:
“I have cyclops vision now. But I’m not a giant. I changed my name and body only, and stabbed my social nous in the right ear. I still read fear but there are no police this year. I can repeat the same dream. I can let birds talk to me. I’m in jail. I have love and a whistle. I lay where the lotus lay and then spring the frozen flowers on any giving day. I apologize to those put in the trees, but I was gathering the Cyclops reap. Read more
With a lethal lady-slaying combo of bad boy charm and sensitive songwriting chops, American Idol (AI) alum Chris Richardson stands ready to enter a new chapter of his life, releasing his debut album soon on Lil Wayne and Birdman affiliated Cash Money Records. For those that watched AI, Chris sang on that famous stage on Season Six alongside Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, writing for both of their albums soon after. Leveraging this launching platform since 2007, this Virginia native’s released an EP, stayed busy with this songwriting, shared stages with “Geek in the Pink’s” Jason Mraz and collaborated with his labelmate, Tyga, on singles “Joy and Pain” and “Far Away”. Drawing frequent comparisons to blue-eyed soul men Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, Chris appears focused and poised to take his career to the next level.
I spoke with Chris recently about what he’s been up to, his American Idol experience, his VERY candid Instagram pics and much more. Peep our interview clips and his videos below! Follow Chris on Twitter and like him on Facebook for more deets on his new full-length album!
Releasing one of my favorite albums of 2012,British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas earned a top spot on my must-see acts list for 2013. Is Your Love Big Enough? was simply poignant, light and fresh with Lianne’s voice gliding from song to song like an airy, acoustic jazz-tinged waltz. Seeing her briefly in February at the Grammy Foundation “Pay It Forward” show, I stood ready to see her full set as she lit up the stage for the five minutes she graced it. Joining forces with fellow countryman Jamie N Commons, they hit El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles for a two-show stint just a day after El Rey hosted Justin Timberlake’s album release party for his monster album, “The 20/20 Experience”.
Performing to a sold-out crowd on the second day, I arrived as opener Jamie N. Commons graced the stage, doing an assortment of songs from his Rumble and Sway EP, interestingly produced by hip-hop rising go-to Alex Da Kid. Rugged, raw blues-influenced roots and classic rock greeted my ears. Doing a 45 minute set including “Wash Me in the Water”, he graciously signed autographs and snapped pics by the merch booth soon afterwards. Lianne soon followed around 10:15 PM, walking on stage to a Baduizm intro as the crowd burst into applause. Armed with her electric guitars and a small band that complemented her well, she smiled and charmingly won us over with her amusing quips in between songs and audience participation during songs like the stomp and rhythmic clap ( I was on this side of the room and gladly obliged) enhanced “Is Your Love Big Enough?” and “Elusive”. 80 minutes flew by and proved bells and whistles are not needed when you have a personality and voice one can never “forget”.
Do you know the feeling of rushing home from a concert or music festival, and quickly trying to look up live video from the show? That’s how we feel about SXSW. One of the most important parts of a successful SXSW experience isn’t just attending everything (impossible), but knowing how to find coverage of what you missed. We were in Austin ourselves, and were able to catch 24 shows by 22 bands in 4 days. We couldn’t be everywhere though, but we know how to use the interwebs. So for those of you who were lucky enough to be there, and for the large majority of more who weren’t, here is a very exciting video clip.
Everyone’s favorite chef-turned-rapper loomed large at a party presented by Warner Sound at the Belmont in Austin, Texas. Watch Action Bronson get swallowed up by the crowd during “Strictly 4 My Jeeps.”
‘True Love Never Dies’ is not just a group of songs, it’s a journey that tells a story. Sibling rockers Adrian and Ryan Patrick have dedicated the disc to their late cousin, a man they say always wore his heart on his sleeve when it came to living life. “We don’t really have the words to convey what the release of this album means to us,” explain the brothers. “So much hard work, so much sacrifice, so much heartache has gone into our music. ‘True Love Never Dies’ is a testament to those who have gone before us. We are deeply humbled to honor them in such a way”, said Adrian Patrick to Loudwire. ”The single “Soldiers” is reminiscence of the voice of those who fight for what they believe no matter their circumstances.. The single reminds me of an anthem for the future generations and our ability to become the future.
How is the tour with Stone Sour and Papa Roach going ?
The tour is amazing, and one the best that we have been a part of. We have the ability to perform before a diverse audience. I know from my own personal experience that I use to not ever show up early for the opening act of shows, but that is not the case here. We are performing in front of 2,000 to 5,000 people. Papa Roach, Stone Sour, the crews, and the fans are amazing. The atmosphere is very relaxed. Tonight we are opening at El Corazon in Seattle, Washington, which is something that we have always wanted to do. Read more
Formed in 2008 by ex-Eames Era guitarists/songwriters Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, New Orleans-based indie pop outfit Generationals craft hook-filled indie pop that draws liberally from rock and pop’s ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s heydays, while maintaining enough modern sensibilities to remain relevant in the MP3 age. Like their Park the Van contemporaries Dr. Dog, Spinto Band, and Capitol Years, Generationals’ lo-fi recording techniques are buffered by their advanced musical chops, resulting in a clever new take on sugar pop psychedelia. The band’s Park the Van debut, Con Law, arrived on July 21, 2009. The band returned in 2011 with the equally sugary-sweet sophomore effort Actor-Caster.
Generationals recently released the song “Put A Light On” from their forthcoming album, Heza, and now you can watch the accompanying video over at Paste. The Vice Cooler directed (Feist, La Sera, STRFKR) video was shot in the band’s hometown of New Orleans.
Rather than remixing Hundred Water‘s “Boreal” for their upcoming EP, abstract producer Teebs created a new ambient work inspired by the original, to which Waters’ Nicole Miglis contributed new vocal tracks.This remix of Florida amniotic folk act Hundred Waters’ shimmery “Boreal”, from last year’s solid self-titled debut, comes courtesy of Brainfeeder-associated abstractionist Teebs– and it’s not exactly a remix as much as it is a total reimagining. Vocalist Nicole Miglis explains (punctuation hers): “Teebs originally sent us a remix in 2 parts, the first half being more like a remix and the second half being this hypnotic thing. I asked Teebs if he’d be down to collaborate on the second half and sent over some vocals. then Teebs did his Teebs magic and came out with this track. we really love what he made. If someone were to paint the song, i think this is how it would feel.”
Southern California duo Best Coast is friends Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno. The pair met nearly a decade ago through the LA music scene and shared passions for art, food and local culture. Best Coast released their debut album Crazy for You in the summer of 2010, and the critically-acclaimed, Jon Brion-produced follow up The Only Place in the summer 2012, which placed on both Spin and Rolling Stone’s Best of Albums of 2012 list. Their dedicated fan base continues to grow. With an impressive 100k Twitter followers, a simple tweet linked to a home recording of Rob Orbison’s “Crying” instantly reached 20k plays.
Best Coast remain one of the busiest rock bands around. The duo are gearing up for a U.S. tour this Spring with legendary rockers Green Day. Best Coast will then headline their own tour starting May 26. The upcoming dates will be the first chance to hear brand new songs from their newly recorded EP, release date coming soon.
Diamond Rings and Los Angeles indie alternative quintet , Youngblood Hawke have swapped remixes! Youngblood Hawke added a devilishly danceable energy to the Canadian stalwart’s single “Runaway Love,” while Diamond Rings took on “Last Time,” giving it a fresh and fiery spin. In addition to seven spectacular performances at SXSW (Brooklyn Vegan, FILTER, VEVOtv and Spotify to name a few), Diamond Rings is thrilled to announce an extensive tour as special guests of British New Wave pioneers, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (O.M.D.) to kick off next month.
Last fall, Diamond Ring made their network TV debut performance performing “I’m Just Me” from their sophomore release Free Dimensional on The Late Show With David Letterman, followed by a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Check out the fantastic new video for the current single “Runaway Love” in addition to an acoustic version of the song which premiered on Rolling Stone. We got to interview him at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin last year, listen here.
Here’s newly-formed band ON AN ON with the song “Ghosts,” the first song off their forthcoming debut album, Give In, which came out January 29 on Roll Call Records. The band is Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci and Ryne Estwing, who had been performing together for the last few years with the indie group Scattered Trees. It was only this past March during the annual SXSW festival that they decided to follow their instincts and change course to form ON AN ON. With the help of producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene) in a Toronto studio, the band birthed this ten-track debut album – “a dream-washed textural journey armed with a biting perspective on life, love and the commonality of loss”. ON AN ON have announced North American spring tour dates with Savoir Adore.
The band are fresh off an incredible SXSW debut that saw them touted by Time Magazine as the #1 band to catch, named one of Paste Magazine’s Bands To See, and featured as one of 20 select acts at SXSW in NPR’s All Songs Considered’s festival preview. In May they embark upon their second European tour so far in 2013, with dates across the continent and an appearance at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK.