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Press Release Roundup: September 14

posted September 15, 2015, 1:29 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

30 Days in LA

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Red Bull Sound Select, an artist development program that delivers the best in new music, announced the second annual Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA will take place November 2015. The month-long music festival will feature 60+ can’t miss artists in venues throughout Los Angeles, exclusive to Red Bull Sound Select members.

Headliners include Big Sean, Flume, Grimes, Joey Bada$$, Lion Babe, No Age, Tinashe, and Vince Staples, each paired with Red Bull Sound Select artists curated by leading music influencers from across the country, including Afropunk in New York, Fake Shore Drive in Chicago, KCRW in Los Angeles, and Sub Pop Records in Seattle. The Red Bull Sound Select artists playing the festival include Basecamp, In the Whale, Mick Jenkins and The Suffers, to name a few. As in its inaugural year, the 30-day festival will be punctuated with surprise collaborations and special guests throughout the month. 2015 will culminate with a Secret Show on November 30th at the recently renovated Teragram Ballroom.

Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA will feature carefully crafted lineups for each event that will showcase top emerging artists alongside noteworthy headliners such as Joey Bada$$, G Herbo f.k.a. Lil Herb and Warm Brew at The Belasco; BADBADNOTGOOD, Sam Dew and more at the rarely programmed vaudevillian downtown theater, The Tower; and Gallant and TV on the Radio at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

The complete lineup and artist info is available HERE!

Ticket Information

Music fans can purchase tickets by signing up for Red Bull Sound Select, which is free to join. Tickets to Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA are $15 (plus fees and taxes) or less per show and limited to two tickets per night, per person.

Run The Jewels

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Run The Jewels are helping break in Stephen Colbert’s new spot as host of CBS’s Late Show with a performance on tonight’s show backed by TV on the Radio. The show airs at 11:35pm/10:35pm CST.

The Wainwright Sisters

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The Wainwright Sisters will be releasing their anticipated debut album ‘Songs In The Dark’ on November 13 via MapleMusic Recordings.

Although they’re sisters, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche didn’t grow up together. Aside from genetics, their true bond was a musical one, both growing up in families steeped in songwriting. Both their mothers would sing them lullabies (Kate McGarrigle to Martha and Suzzy Roche to Lucy) – now to honour that, 30 years later, Martha and Lucy are singing many of these same songs, some penned by their mothers and father (Loudon Wainwright III) on ‘Songs In The Dark.’

The record also includes songs that shaped their childhoods, made famous by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers. When Martha and Lucy grew up and become songwriters of their own, they discovered their physical separation was trumped by their shared musical DNA. On ‘Songs In The Dark,’ this is captured in its elemental essence: dark, mysterious, and beautiful.

The Wainwright Sisters – Upcoming Showcase Dates
11/07 – City Winery, New York, New York
11/10 – St. Stephens Church, London, England
12/1 – Phi Centre, Montreal, Quebec

J. Lately

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Prolific Oakland rapper J.Lately distinguishes himself as an emcee with soulful style and a laid back flow on “Can’t Go For That,” the lead single from his forthcoming Let’s Just Be Friends album. The infectious tune, which premiered on GoodMusicAllDay, has J.Lately teaming up with Tanya Morgan’s Von Pea and Bambu to speak on living life to the fullest and avoiding roadblocks along the way.

“‘Can’t Go For That’ is the perfect combination of hard hitting 808’s mixed in over a soulful sampled hip hop beat,” GoodMusicAllDay said in their premiere post. “J.Lately’s flow is smooth and very relaxing to listen to as he delivers perfectly over the Oops production. Another element of this song to appreciate is the storytelling as J.Lately takes us through everyday life and dodging obstacles as he refuses to be a product of his environment.”

Coming from the small town of Sebastopol, and having split time between Oakland and Southern California, J.Lately’s influences are eclectic and mesh together effortlessly to form his own individual style. A relentless drive has kept Lately on tour across the country with artists such as Zion I, Locksmith, Los Rakas, Chuuwee, and Rey Res to name a few. He has released multiple solo and collaborative projects, with his most recent solo release being 2014’s Make.Believe. J.Lately’s upcoming album, Let’s Just Be Friends, releases October 23rd.

Wyland

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Alt-indie rock troupe Wyland have debuted a music video for their cover of White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army.” This one-off single comes in the wake of their 2015 EP, You’re In the World, Get Off Your Feet, which The Deli Magazine hailed as, “intimate glimpse of the hard working band, which includes emotional lyrical content that might make Chris Martin shed a tear.”

Hailing from Kearny, NJ, Wyland offer an intriguing blend of atmospheric rock and traditional indie-pop sensibility and songwriting, and have drawn comparisons from critics to the likes of Explosions in the Sky, Coldplay, and everything in between. With an EP and several singles under their belt, the band is poised to make their mark in the New York City scene and beyond.

Wyland have already notched a number of performances alongside some of the biggest names in alternative and indie rock, including Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, Panic! at the Disco, and Taking Back Sunday. With a sound that CMJ called, “instantly digestible,” Wyland is sure to be a force in the scene before long.

Broken Hope

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Chicagoland death metal mavens BROKEN HOPE have unleashed a brand new live video for the track “The Docking Dead” which is featured on their first ever live concert Blu-Ray and live album.

“This video clip of The Docking Dead from our ‘Live Disease’ Concert DVD excites me and brings me right back to being on that Brutal Assault stage in front of 20-some-thousand death metal freaks. I hope this video clip is a worthy sample of the visually and sonically epic brutality BROKEN HOPE unleashes throughout this entire concert DVD and companion Live CD,” states Jeremy Wagner.

BROKEN HOPE will release the “LIVE DISEASE at BRUTAL ASSAULT” Blu-Ray Concert DVD and Live Album worldwide via Century Media Records on September 18th, 2015. Preorders for “LIVE DISEASE at BRUTAL ASSAULT” are available now at: http://www.jsrdirect.com/bands/brokenhope/live-disease-at-brutal-assault-cd-blu-ray-combo .

They Might Be Giants

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2015 may well prove to be the busiest on record in They Might Be Giants, and the intensity shows no sign of abating as the band announce their return to the UK for a string of dates in January and February 2016.

They Might Be Giants’ last full-band show in the UK was a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire in late 2013, however, the band, performing as a trio, thrilled a packed Rough Trade East for a one-off in-store show in July this year following a string of radio appearances on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Absolute Radio, BBC London and more.

From breakthrough low-budget videos to the world’s first downloadable album to audio and video podcasts to smart phone apps, They Might Be Giants’ career has always been one of unlikely innovation. Now their most notorious innovation, Dial-A-Song, has been revitalized for 2015. Originally launched in 1983 from John Flansburgh’s Brooklyn kitchen via a consumer answering machine, Dial-A-Song let listeners in on the latest and greatest from the band years before their career took off on an international level.

With a new song posted every week, the 2015 return of Dial-A-Song in online form would be an extraordinary challenge by any standards. Not only have this year’s songs maintained an exceptionally high level of quality, every week has brought a new accompanying video. Following the release of Glean earlier this year the band are expected to announce details of the follow-up full-length very soon.

27 Jan: Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
28 Jan: Newcastle – Riverside
30 Jan: Belfast – Limelight 1
31 Jan: Glasgow – Celtic Connections Festival (2 shows)
1 Feb: Manchester – Academy 2
3 Feb: Cambridge – Cambridge Junction
4 Feb: London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The Mowglis

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The Mowgli’s have announced additional dates for their upcoming tour with Lights! In addition to the already released dates, the tour will be stopping in Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Tempe and San Diego. A complete list of dates can be found below. The tour will also include dates with PHASES and K Flay.

11/04 – Austin, TX – Emo’s*
11/06 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues*
11/07 – Dallas, TX – Untapped Festival
11/08 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live*
11/10 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall^
11/11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues*
11/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade*
11/13 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom*
11/14 – Newport, KY – Thompson House*
11/15 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom*
11/18 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts*
11/21 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
11/24 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Music Hall#
11/25 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues#
11/27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave#
11/28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater#
11/29 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre#
12/01 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre#
12/02 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*
12/04 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom#
12/05 – Seattle, WA – Pyramid Ale House**
12/08 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore#
12/10 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues#
12/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern#
12/12 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre#
12/13 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues#

* = w/ Lights and PHASES
** = w/ Lights
^ = w/ PHASES
# = w/ Lights and K. FLAY

Fela Kuti

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In 2009 and 2010 Knitting Factory Records reissued the complete works of Nigerian icon and Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Almost 50 original albums were released over 26 individual CDs, all re-packaged, with in-depth track commentaries written by Afrobeat historian Chris May, as well as the compilations ‘The Best Of The Black President’ (part 1 + 2) and the deluxe CD box set ‘The Complete Works’. Vinyl reissues, including box sets curated by Brian Eno, Questlove, and Ginger Baker followed.

Now, in response to popular demand, six more of Fela’s most important albums – Fear Not For Man (1977), Beasts Of No Nation (1989), Everything Scatter (1975), Roforofo Fight (1972), Alagbon Close (1974) and Na Poi (1976) – will be reissued by Knitting Factory Records on 16 October 2015, in their original form on vinyl. Most of these will be the first time they are released as individual vinyl albums since their original vinyl release in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s – something which will not only delight audiophile Fela fans, but also the admirers of Lemi Ghariokwu’s iconic artwork, now again at 12 x 12 inches as it was intended.

And the Fela story continues unabated. Last month the new, all-singing, all-dancing Fela website at http://fela.net/ was launched. The website is a homage to Fela, telling his story through the eyes of those who knew and loved him, from near and far, featuring anecdotes, blogs, features, photographs, videos, and his powerful, ever-present and effervescent music. It also includes the official Fela webstore, offering a wide range of Fela memorabilia.

Felabration, the annual week-long festival of music and arts commemorating the life and times of the late great Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is due to take place all around the world in October to honor Fela in the month of his birth (born October 15, 1938). The original Felabrations date back to the early 1970’s when Fela and his band took over The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria and performed until the sun came up. This year’s Felabration festivities take place throughout October and will include events all over the world in Lagos, London, New York and beyond.

London will celebrate with the inimitable 16-piece Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra and a host of very special guests. The event takes place on Friday, October 16, in the magnificent atrium of the British Library and will coincide with the launch of ‘West Africa – Word, Symbol, Song’, a major exhibition tracing the written and oral history of West Africa for the past three centuries. For more info about ‘Late at the Library: Felabration!’ & tickets: http://www.bl.uk/events/late-at-the-library-felabration.

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