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Press Release Roundup: September 8

posted September 10, 2017, 2:48 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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

POP Montreal

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The festival is in a few weeks and today we are adding more than 200 bands. We are getting ready to bring the party to THE MILE END and all adjacent neighborhoods. We are adding Ty Segall solo acoustic for an intimate concert and rapper Havoc, the co-founder of legendary hip hop group Mobb Deep. We are really excited to be bringing the Seattle-based KEXP Radio to Canada for the very first time! They will be filming 12 live sessions from Breakglass Studios, featuring performances by Samito, The Luyas, Tess Roby, The Barr Brothers, and more! We’re also honoured to be partaking in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the opening night of POP.

Speaking of celebrations, we’re highlighting Montreal’s 375th year by putting on a day of FREE events on Saturday, September 16th, as part of Sessions 375. The daytime programming will take place at POP Quarters (3450 St-Urbain) and feature music by local favourites Orkestar Kriminal, Klô Pelgag, Aba &Preach, Bonjay, Lunice and Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville. After night falls, the action will move up to the Rialto Theatre Complex (5719-5723 Ave. du Parc), where 5 venues will open their doors for a night of more FREE shows. From RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, to Aldous Harding, Lido Pimienta, Laura Sauvage and Think About Life, the public will be invited to venture through the 4-floor complex, and discover new art and sounds from 7pm to 3am!

POP Quarters will also be hosting all the FREE POP Symposium talks, with festival artists such as Yves Tumor, Moor Mother, Royal Trux, William Basinski, a cooking beats workshop with Lunice, as well as panels by Women in Music Montreal and a discussion on how cultural communities can support Indigenous resurgence. The Record Fair is also moving to POP Quarters this year and will take place on the Saturday and Sunday, featuring live music, DJs and a listening lounge with complimentary Auchentoshan scotch cocktails inspired by selected festival artists.

We’re also putting on a stellar year of film programming through our Film POP segment, with a slew of International, North American, and Canadian premieres, with films programmed from festivals as varied as Cannes, Slamdance, SXSW, and CPH: DOX. The world premiere of A (Mitchell Stafiej | Canada, 2017) will open the fest, featuring an all-star cast of Montreal-based musicians, including Alex Zhang Hungtai (Love Theme, ex-Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard), Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy), Petra Glynt, Bernardino Femminielli, Caro Diaro, and Alexis O’Hara, followed by a musical performance by the bands featured in the film later that night at the Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night).

It will also be a big year for Art POP with over 15 events and 30 participating artists. Highlights include a video installation and performance by Maya Stovall, one of the selected artists of this year’s Whitney Biennial; an artist talk and performance by a New York artist Baseera Khan; and a Céline Bureau Artist Residency that will take over an entire floor of POP Quarters, featuring artists such as the internationally renowned sculptor Dominique Sirois and painter Peggy Kouroumalos.

To get tix, click HERE!

Rise and Fall Festival

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Check out the lineup above and get more details HERE!

Kim Boekbinder

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Kim Boekbinder is a noise witch, casting neon spells over shadowed rooms with her hypnotic synth incantations and pulsating basslines. Following up the success of 2013’s electro alt-pop space epic The Sky is Calling, Kim will release NOISEWITCH on September 8, 2017. Mixed by Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights, The Black Keys) at Studio G in Brooklyn, the new album is danceable witch-pop, each song is a spell cast on the audience.

Check her out on tour!

Tour Dates:

September 13
Buffalo, NY at Mohawk Place

September 14
Toronto, ON at Bovine Sex Club

September 15
Detroit, MI at Trumbull Plex

September 16
Cleveland, OH at CODA

September 17
Pittsburgh, PA at Smiling Moose

September 20
St Louis, MO at Blank Space

September 21
Indianapolis, IN at Melody Inn

September 22
Chicago, IL at Underground Lounge

September 24
St Paul, MN at Amsterdam Bar

September 30
Phoenix, AZ at Lost Leaf

October 4
Los Angeles, CA at El Cid

Ponytails

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Ponytails came to fruition in March 2016, spawned from best friends Harvey Merrit (vocals, bass) and Travis Goeres (lead guitar) love of pizza and the theme music of Sylvester Stallone movies. Liam Ness (bass, rhythm guitar, vocals) and Simon Furminger (drums, vocals) joined in late March and in September 2016 started working on their self titled EP.

Recorded at Little Red Sounds with Felix Fung And recorded over the course of three long days really pushed the band and producer to their fullest. The band released their first single “Pieces” on October 1st 2016 followed by a full release of the EP on November 1st.

The anticipation of their EP was stregthened by word of mouth from their electric live performances and off stage antics that has garnered attention from the Fox Cabaret, the Biltmore, Roundhouse radio and headlining Beatroute’s Rifflandia stage (last minute) at the Copper Owl.

They have shared the stage with the likes of, WISHKICKER, Leisure club, Peach Pit and Dopey’s Robe. They will be returning to the studio this summer to start work on their first full length LP.

The Flying Eyes

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With a name taken from a 1962 science fiction novel about giant, disembodied eyes that descend from space to control humanity, Baltimore’s The Flying Eyes are a heavy psychedelic rock band with a difference.

Primarily operating as an organ drenched, blues riffed rock’n’roll outfit of wayfaring journeymen, with a driven, hard rock sound; thunderous drums and distorted guitar leads The Flying Eyes have been compared in recent times to Blue Cheer, Hawkwind and Dead Meadow.

In 2007 they founded Farm Fest, a DIY music festival in Maryland which ran for six years and featured the likes of Black Moth Super Rainbow, Celebration and White Hills among many others. Yet hardly strangers to the stage themselves, since their formation over ten years ago they have supported the likes of The Raveonettes, The Black Angels and Dan Auerbach, and achieved an impressive following in Europe with extensive club touring. Not to mention countless festival appearances at Burg Herzberg Festival, Rockpalast Crossroads, Desert Fest (Belgium) and the Synchronicity Festival in India.

Produced last year by Gabriel Zander (Mars Red Sky) at Super Fuzz Studio in Rio de Janeiro while on tour in South America, Burning of the Season is a return to the band’s roots of fuzzed-out blues and soulful psychedelia and is released on 22nd September 2017 through Ripple Music

WhoMadeWho

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WhoMadeWho was formed in Copenhagen in 2007 by the Danish producer Tomas Barfod, jazz guitarist, Jeppe Kjellberg and David Bowie loving bass player, Tomas Høffding. After just a few demos and one show, WhoMadeWho found themselves signed to the German based label Gomma, on which they released their debut album, simply entitled Who Made Who, in 2005. The release was supported by numerous 12”, featuring remixes by some of the strongest names across the electronic scene at that time. Since the release of their first album, the band has gone on to release albums with Kompakt (“Knee Deep” in 2011 and “Brighter” in 2012) and Get Physical (Berlin). They have also performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world and toured with acts such as Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem and Erol Alkan.

After touring around the world several times, the band is currently working on their next album for 2017. In addition to live performances, the band has toured globally as DJ’s everywhere from Ibiza to Los Angeles, and launched their monthly radio show WhoMadeWho WorldWide. This show is a tribute to what the trio is doing when they are not performing live. These are the records they love, with a touch of what you will receive when you see them in action behind the decks.

Cody & Danz

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Today, Cody & Danz share their new video from their debut EP via Cool Hunting. The song “So Small” comes from Only The Hits, which released on July 14th via Channel 9 Records in the USA and Tugboat Records in Japan. Cool Hunting calls the song “rambunctious” and says it “carries tremendous force without disrupting the pop sensibilities and musical intelligence of the two musicians.” On the video, Cool Hunting adds, “Directed by Derik Smith, the visuals offer a candid-like take on an ordinary hang with Crump and Danz. It’s simple, fun and works in tandem with the song.” Look out for a John Stamos appearance, as well.

You can stream the new EP on The 405 HERE or on DSPs HERE. Limited edition cassettes are available online via Channel 9 Records, along with Only the Hits merch. For in-person purchases in Los Angeles, CA, head over to Vacation Vinyl in Silverlake and Amoeba Hollywood.

Earmilk had the premiere of their first video, “Make it in America,” and say, “song is all bells and echoes and in the video those sounds vibrate from NYC all the way to LA.” The 405 loves the songs too, saying, “‘Make It In America’ highlights to pair’s effortless pop chops, complete with punchy drums, crunchy guitars and an upbeat vocal melody that is among the most addictive you’ll hear about summer.” Consequence of Sound debuted the project’s first single, “If I Only Had $ome Money,” saying it “is all about imagining the good times, especially those that involve a hefty, nonstop cash flow… the kind you obviously want to hear when tossing $100 bills in the air (like you just don’t care).”

The two artists both have burgeoning solo projects: Cody Crump and Computer Magic. Cody lives in LA and Danz lives in NYC. Consequence of Sound says, “Though about 3,000 miles separate these two musicians, their minds meet on one project, their collaborative debut EP, Only The Hits.”

Kick Kick Snare reported on Crump’s history, reporting: “A primarily self-taught musician, Crump was kicked out of the school band and choir for bad jokes, and impeached as his junior class president for getting arrested (all true).” Danz, too, is self-taught, she produces and writes music by ear. She told Novation that she discovered her talent when she starting using Abelton Live, which Novation noted as, “pretty unusual statement from an artist who caught the eyes and ears of supercool French trendsetters Kitsuné for her debut release.”

Now, Vogue hails Danz for her production, saying she “breaks the glass ceiling for female producers. Computer Magic just put out her ninth EP, Obscure but Visible, in October as a follow-up to her 2015 debut album, Davos. Known for her proclivity for “sci-fi synth pop,” according to i-D, Computer Magic is “already big in Japan.” She’s not doing too shabby here in the USA either, after a third page feature in The New Yorker, hundreds of thousands of plays on streaming services, charting on the radio charts and several sync placements, including Lexus, Aria Casino & Resort, Mark Maron’s show “Maron” on IFC, “Starcrossed” (MTV), “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” (Bravo), and composing music for numerous commercials in Japan for companies, such as Panasonic and Kewpie.

Cody (aka Cody Crump) just released a solo EP, HOLA, on March 17th on Binasaur Records. All Things Go, who premiered “Friendzone” (featuring Danz) from the EP, calls Crump an “electro-wizard” and said, “This one takes us back to the mid-2000’s electroclash and the sonic experiments conducted underground…This guy is making his way through the LA scene one club at a time, with well-earned recognition across the board.” Flood Magazine praised the video for “French Kiss,” another single from HOLA, saying, “Sure, the track is great—imagine Serge Gainsbourg discovering house and Stereolab without losing his randy bon vivance—but the video finds Crump and a paramour demonstrating the how-tos of making out in a way that’s not sexy, really, but helpful.”

After playing many of LA’s staple venues – from Soho House to The Roxy to The Standard, Cody Crump has plans to tour in the very near future. His music will be featured in the upcoming film “The List.” He has had music featured on HBO’s “Leftovers,” Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful, and most recently his song “Burn” was in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder.”
Danz has toured North America multiple times with acts such as Neon Indian, Ladyhawke and Chad Valley. She’s played the Primavera Festival in Spain, Martini Art Love Festival in Moscow, and has toured Japan multiple times. She has many shows locally in LA and New York City, so stay tuned for upcoming dates for Computer Magic, Cody Crump and Cody & Danz.

Strange Ranger

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Strange Ranger (fka Sioux Falls) is an Indie-Rock/Post-Punk band from Montana, now based out of Portland, Oregon. The band was formed by the duo of Isaac Eiger and Fred Nixon, who have been playing music together since 2009 when the pair were still in high school. A friendship solidified by their mutual love of early Modest Mouse, the two would eventually make the move to Portland in search of more fertile musical soil. The band would struggle to solidify over the next few years but those hardships would lead to their breakthrough debut full-length, the sprawling Rot Forever under the name Sioux Falls, released in February of 2016. From there it has been a whirlwind of notoriety for the band. Rot Forever was named one of Consequence of Sound’s ‘Top 50 Albums of 2016.’ Later in 2016 the band would change their name to Strange Ranger and release a new EP, Sunbeams Through Your Head, which would make Stereogum’s list of “Great EPs from 2016.” Those two releases would also lead Stereogum to name Strange Ranger one of “2016’s Best New Bands.” Along with that name change, the Sunbeams Through Your Head EP would be a prelude of the direction to come for the band with their next release.

Over the Winter of 2016/2017 the band would record their sophomore full-length, entitled Daymoon. Due to be released on Tiny Engines in the Fall of 2017, Daymoon naturally evolves from the expansiveness of Rot Forever in favor of a smarter and more focused approach. Because of that the album feels more subdued and organic in its approach. While Rot Forever seemed like a band throwing absolutely everything out there, Daymoon pulls back and showcases a heightened attention to detail from the group. Yet that honest heart-on-sleeve songwriting still remains even if the band has chosen subtler paths to deliver their message. It a tasteful evolution for Strange Ranger and one that looking back will be seen as a bridge to something even greater to come in the future.

The Moth

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Signed to This Charming Man Records just one year after their formation in 2012, Hamburg-based doom/sludge trio The Moth are one of Germany’s leading underground lights.

Upon the release of their acclaimed debut album They Fall in 2013 the band was praised for harbouring a sound that cooked slow burning doom, thrash, rock and death metal via a metallurgy of riffs and bold ideas.

Geared toward full-metal apocalypse, that same sound was soon resurrected in 2015 on The Moth’s follow-up album And Then Rise, which drew justifiable comparisons to the likes of High on Fire, Mastodon, Crowbar and Kylesa. Picking up on the twin vocal play of bassist Cécile Ash and guitarist Freden Mohrdiek’s well-tempered Jekyll & Hyde-like aesthetic, the album was raw, ready and alive with ambition… and best of all, void of uncalled-for frills.

Off the back of tours and shows with Torche, Red Fang, Conan, Space Chaser and OHHMS, not to mention countless stages rocked at DesertFest, Svart Festival, Doom Over Vienna and Stoned from The Underground, The Moth return this November with their most anticipated album yet. Relocating to the same, small rehearsal room used to record their debut – deep in the belly of Hamburg’s infamous red-light district in St. Pauli – the band set about pre-recording their album Hysteria with close friend and producer José Lorenzo in September 2016. After laying down all ten tracks in one day and returning later in the year to rerecord and add vocals, they soon discovered that Lorenzo’s initial recordings best captured the band’s brutal and bewitching live sound.

With the addition of new member Christian ‘Curry’ Korr, brought in to share rhythm duties alongside long-sitting drummer Tiffy and the partnership of Cécile and Freden as full-on and fired-up as ever, Hysteria is the audacious product of a band at their deadliest.

“The title track represents the style of the whole album,” explains Cécile Ash. “That we only recorded each track maybe two or three times live and took the best version, you can really hear our character in it. We didn’t cut anything out. Imperfection is what we like.”

Released on 10th November 2017, Hysteria by The Moth will be available on This Charming Man Records.

Wallace

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New Zealand born, Sydney based Wallace is back with another gem in “Black Lake”. Co-written with Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe), the track is a love song laced with melancholy, which pushes the future-soul singer far out of her thematic comfort zone.

Based around a marimba-led melodic riff (harking back to her steel drum driven single “Raffled Roses”), “Black Lake” brings a dynamic, cinematic side to Wallace’s usually upbeat soul sound. Live drums and soaring strings battle with gentle lulls and her exquisite, unique vocal – indicating a wonderful growth and dexterity of genre for the initially jazz trained singer.

“”Black Lake” attempts to capture the thoughts of someone who is in love and ready to commit to a person who isn’t. After finishing the tune, I was re-watching one of my favourite comedies, The Mighty Boosh, and realised with all the water imagery we’d weaved into our story, we’d accidentally written the song from the point of view of Old Gregg. We hadn’t landed on a title at this point so I suggested Black Lake, the home of the Baileys drinking, watercolour painting man himself.” – Wallace

Wallace pushes with more of her quality brand of soul music, referencing the best parts of multiple genres to create an enticing sound that is irresistibly smooth, and possessing of a sophisticated sultriness.

The Rasmus

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The Rasmus have released 8 studio albums between 1996 through 2012 in more than 50 territories worldwide. Album sales (CD/LP) total more than 2.3 million. The album »Dead Letters« (2003), featuring the single »In The Shadows«, was their big international breakthrough record. »Dead Letters« sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, went Top 10 in 10 countries, including the UK, whilst reaching #1 in Germany, Austria and Finland.

2017 is the year that The Rasmus have set themselves for a big international comeback. The single »Paradise«, out March 31st 2017, showed that the band are not resting on their laurels nor former accomplishments. »Paradise« sounds fresh and modern, but still strikes that chord of familiar Nordic melancholia that resonates with the group’s hundreds of thousands of fans. The new album, »Dark Matters« was recorded and mixed in Stockholm, and produced by the very successful Swedish team, The Family (Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony). The second single, »Silver Night«, released August 25th, 2017, is the album’s lead track.

»The thinking behind our new songs was to create the kind of music we would like to listen to. We haven’t abandoned our signature northern melancholy but you can hear a wide range of influences in our new compositions. The new album is like a rollercoaster with many different emotions and personal feelings. Our music is at times dark, speculative, melodic and sometimes even sad« singer Lauri Ylönen explains.

Despite all the new innovations, The Rasmus don’t deviate so much from the familiar sound so welcomed and loved by their fans. A new album also means one thing that will cheer up their fans: a long world tour. »We are planning tours for 2017 and 2018 in most parts of the world, starting in November with Europe.« says Ylönen.

European Tour
Fri 10th Nov 2017 Hamburg, Martkhalle (Germany)
Sat 11th Nov 2017 Berlin, Columbia Theatre (Germany) – SOLD OUT
Sun 12th Nov 2017 Warsaw, Stodola (Poland)
Tues 14th Nov 2017 Krakow, Kwadrat (Poland)
Wed 15th Nov 2017 Prague, Lucerna Music Bar (Czech) – SOLD OUT
Thurs 16th Nov 2017 Vienna, Simm Club (Austria)
Sat 18th Nov 2017 Paris, La Trabendo (France)
Sun 19th Nov 2017 London, La Scala (UK) – SOLD OUT
Mon 20th Nov 2017 Cologne, Live Music Hall (Germany)
Tues 21st Nov 2017 Amsterdam, Melkweg (Holland)

»Dark Matters« is set for release on October 6, 2017 via Playground Music Scandinavia.

Cormac O Caoimh

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Cormac O Caoimh released his 4th solo album “Shiny Silvery Things” earlier this year to great acclaim in his native Ireland. It charted in the official IRMA charts and was launched with a sold out show in the Triskel Christchurch, Cork. All 12 songs have already received airplay and the first single (his most successful to date) reached over 3 million listeners in Ireland. The song was played in over 23 stations in Ireland and many more in the UK (including the BBC) and Europe (Italy in particular has attracted a big following with Italian cities topping the Spotify listener charts).

His intimate vocals, magical melodies and exquisite guitar playing has always attracted very favourable appeal to critics (with Mojo, The Irish Times, Hot Press, R2, Americana UK, OndaRock in Italy and many more) always quick to point to his unique style as well as comparisons to acts varying from the dreamy pop of The Go Betweens, Badly Drawn Boy, Elliott Smith and Prefab Sprout to the introspective and more folk-oriented Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon. But he seems himself as a pop song-writer. When pop was good.

Specialized alternative radio stations were always on his side. Every album has received airplay from radio stations and DJs who love music and who love uncovering hidden gems. But with this album Cormac has seemingly hit a pulse on the mainstream and has also been playlisted on daytime stations and shows reaching a far bigger audience than previously possible. His loyal and enthusiastic fanbase (cd sales are still important for this man…the budget of every album is strictly based on the previous album sales) is growing. Finally too in his home country of Ireland where up to now the majority of sales were outside of Ireland (in the UK, Europe and US).

The second single (Silence and Sound) is due for release Sept 15th 2017.

This song has been played the most (apart from the first single and is in keeping with his career long tradition of releasing his favourite song off an album second and not first. It also is (before release) his second most played song on Spotify. It has been noted previously that many of Cormac’s songs take something small and seemingly mundane and builds up a song from it that is deceptively bigger and more personal to listeners than one might think initially. They start small and work out. Silence and Sound on the other hand starts big and seemingly tackles various big and universal topics but works inward culminating in the ambiguous ‘reminds me’ leaving it up to the listener to decide what it reminds the singer (and more importantly the listener) of. An impressionistic painting in the verses becoming an abstract image in the verse all the while combining an intricate musicality where the goal is always maintaining a high standard of pop sensibility. The guitar playing is tricky and advanced but never sounds like it. The words are carefully constructed but sound effortless. The combination is a song that works equally well in both camps he is compared to. The pop world of The Go Betweens and Badly Drawn Boy meet the introspection and more audible guitar guru of Nick Drake.

The Mining Co.

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The Mining Co.’s debut album ‘Burning Sun and The Atomic Powers Within’ released in 2016 was an intriguing collection of downbeat Americana and alt-folk tracks which signalled the arrival of a new artist to challenge the current status quo of artists in those genres. Gaining attention from the likes of The Guardian, Gigslutz and Amazing Radio and key tastemakers germinating what now is a band that are set to prove themselves.

The Mining Co.’s sophomore album ‘Mountain Fires’ should do just this with principal member Michael Gallagher returning to the studio in Spain in which their debut was recorded to fully hone his craft with songs that were creatively spurred on by the processes involved in the release of the first album. It’s an album that looks back to a different time, a time of total freedom, a wild childhood, long days and nights spent listening to radio stations like Radio Luxembourg, before the internet and before mobile phone communication and the start of a love for music: Elvis, Springsteen, New Wave: the soundtrack to love – come, gone and missed – a celebration to the past that still shines brightly.

From the minimal opening of ‘Julie’s Song’, Gallagher’s voice sounds deeper and more refined echoing in a distinct reverb and comforting with its angst and melancholy and the production seems polished and spacious. ‘Closer’ rattles with piano and retro organ with a darkness, Gallagher’s voice cracking from its deadpan style occasionally and reaching high notes offering an accomplished sound that yearns in histories coffee stained pages and sepia photographs and London’s grey streets and empty rooms and bars, recalling Nick Cave and Tom Waits perhaps with its darkness.

Stand out track ‘Against The Grain’, is just what Gallagher is. A maverick music obsessive who is heading backwards and forwards at the same time, perfectly crafting his tracks in 2017 with a caution and care like the best 50’s and 60’s singers. He laments that he is ‘always against the grain’ as the track escalates with gorgeous strings and glockenspiel and shuffling drums. ‘Valentine To Write’ is another highlight with its instant upbeat moods and sweeping organ as Gallagher ponders on another ‘valentine to write to’ and that he can’t believe another year has passed him by. It’s a daydream of a song that deals with lost time and dreams and indecisiveness in love.

It’s a superb collection of tracks that are rooted enough in traditions to be engaging but with enough quirk and eccentricities to find a place above the rest of Americana and folk’s recent bands and to cherish for years to come and to warrant continued listening. Gallagher is laid plain in some lyrics alongside other lyrics left veiled in metaphor and profundities. The Mining Co. are back with an album that should stand shoulder to shoulder with the best new alt-folk music around, so let yourself be taken on their gentle and psychedelic ride into glorious sounds.

Velvet Volume

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With their youthful candor, it didn’t take the three rock sisters long to play themselves into the hearts of rock fans everywhere. Even though the latest single Look Look Look! relates to growing up, there is nothing slowing the three Danes down.

The onrushing sisters sing about loafing about and the bad habits. That comes with not yet having figured out how to structure your life.

“This track was written at a point in our lives, where we all had to get used to time with restlessness and insecurity” says Noa Lachmi.

In the almost Sofia Coppolan music video directed by Daniel Aude, viewers are invited into the dream world of a young woman holding onto unaccountable playfulness, while also exploring her own true self. The restlessness is so thick you could cut through it with a knife, while sisterhood and self-absorption is embraced wearing shiny whigs.

The single Look Look Look! is a taste of the upcoming debut album, which will be released on October 6th. The album kicks off the autumn tour starting September 21st at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.

Live:

21/9 Reeperbahn, Molotow Club Backyard

23/9 Reeperbahn, Spielbude

23/9 Reeperbahn, Indra (main gig) MXD Danish Night

14/10 Studenterhuset, Aalborg

20/10 Konfus, Esbjerg

21/10 Kulisselageret, Horsens

27/10 Gimle, Roskilde

28/10 Vershuset, Naestved

3/11 Fermaten, Herning

10/11 Kulturmaskinen, Odense

11/11 Turbinen, Randers

17/11 Lille Vega, Copenhagen

25/11 Voxhall, Aarhus

All Hell

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All Hell is a band from Asheville, NC who draws inspiration from dark and horrific literature, films, art, and history. All Hell is currently on the road in support of their Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) mixed and mastered opus The Grave Alchemist, out now (order here). Influenced by gothic literature, weird fiction and visual aestheticism, The Grave Alchemist, is a fuming mixture of black thrash, rock and roll and first wave black metal with an undercurrent of dark punk and deathrock.

All Hell is: Jacob Curwen – Vocals and Guitar; Kurt Henderson – Drums; Erik Ballantyne- Bass

TOUR DATES:
9/13 – Ashville, NC @ The Odditorium
9/14 – Brooklyn NY @ Bar Matchless
9/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Century
9/16 – White Hall, MD @ Shadow Woods Metal Fest
9/17 – Greenville SC @ Radio Room
9/22 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
9/30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milstone Club – Rapid Fire Fest
10/27 – Knoxville, TN @ WUTK Funeral Fest
11/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl – Cloak record release show
11/29 – Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium – w/ Cloak

King Woman

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King Woman has released a stirring new music video for “Manna,” which was filmed in the depths of a forest using stark black-and-white filters. The Huemidhaus-directed video delves into its namesake “manna,” a miracle sustenance that was introduced in the Book of Exodus. As artful as it is spiritual, the video is a stunning addition to the King Woman dogma.

Rough Grind

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The Finnish rock/metal band Rough Grind is ready to give the world a taste of what they have been working on. Inverse Records will release the band’s new EP “Four for the Road” on August 30th 2017. A lyric video of the first single, “Dead End Street”, can be seen and heard on Inverse Records’ YouTube channel.

The track is also available on:
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2vXvoqb
Deezer: http://bit.ly/2xbo9JC
iTunes: http://apple.co/2xrBAES

Rough Grind hails from Jyväskylä, central Finland. The band describes their music as “Dark Roasted Rock”, and it really packs a punch of attitude and strong messages. Their first EP “Son of a Gun” was released in 2014 and the previous single “The War Nobody Won” in 2017 and it got decent air play around the world.

The Loft Club featuring Lisa Loeb

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British indie band The Loft Club release their new single “Flicker”, featuring Grammy-nominated recording artist Lisa Loeb. “Flicker,” available now via Lightyear/Caroline/Universal Music, is a double A-side single, which comes bundled with an original version of the track.

A melodic and ardent ballad. “Flicker,” showcases lead singer Daniel Schamroth and Lisa Loeb’s vocal talents, perfectly blended in a seamless and fluid manner; heartfelt with soaring melodies, alongside harmonious arrangements of guitar, bass and drums.

The Exeter-based, Sixties-tinged band, consisting of Daniel Schamroth, Jamie Whyte, Kieran Chalmers, Amy O’Loughlin and Dan Wright, drafted in US singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb to collaborate on the official single edit of “Flicker”, a brand new version of the track that was originally released on the band’s debut EP ‘Heart’s Desire’, last fall.

Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling hit single “Stay (I Missed You)”, it spent 3 weeks at Number 1 on the US Billboard charts in 1994. The song was also a Top-10 hit in the UK, where it spent 15 weeks in the UK Singles chart. Loeb is the first and only artist in history, to top the American charts before signing to a label. Ironically, “Flicker” is released (August 25), exactly 23 years to the day, that “Stay (I Missed You)” was spending it’s 3rd week at Number 1.

The Loft Club are playing festivals throughout the summer, such as Beautiful Days and Smoked & Uncut. The band have achieved over 250,000 streams since their debut release last fall. They have been featured on Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist since February, amassing over 70,000 monthly listeners in March, drawing listeners from all over the world, including countries like Lithuania where they charted on Spotify’s Viral-50 chart.

“Flicker”, produced by Jolyon Holroyd, was mixed and mastered at Magic Garden Studios by Gavin Monaghan, whose credits include Editors, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, and Paolo Nutini.

“Flicker” by The Loft Club featuring Lisa Loeb, is available now at all digital retailers.

Kaos Krew

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This six-piece band Kaos Krew from Finland took its first breaths in 2004 as an one man’s project when the band was founded by the Guitarist and band member Ulf Skog in Jakobstad, Finland. Later on in 2005 Göran Fellman (ex. Stormwing), and now ex.band member of Kaos Krew Tomas Öst was added to the line-up (ex. Wild Force).

The band’s music style is known as Industrial Rock/Metal even though the band has ended up under many different metal genre labelling during their active years from different reviewers around the globe. However, their music is hard and the band plays what is called “Crossover Metal” which is based on heavy riffing with the addition of synthesizers and loops from the Industrial scene.

Parodos

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The band takes its origin from an idea of Giovanni Costabile (Hybris, keyboards), together with Francesco Del Vecchio (Oudeis, guitar), Gianpiero Sica (Orion, bass), Marco Alfieri (M, voice) and Daniele Ippolito (Ephaistos, drums).

The purpose was to create something personal, with a modern sound comibining different atmospheres, both ethereal and evocative with their roots in black metal. The project, later called Párodos, follows the path of bands such as Fen, Les Discrets, Alcest, Katatonia, Lantlos, Arcturus and Enslaved. After two years of rehearsals, on July 2016, the band released a live session recordered and mixed in Salerno at Sonic Temple Studio by Fabio Calluori (Heimdall, Nude). After opening for Fleshgod Apocalypse’s venue in Naples during their “King Tour”, the band entered the Kick Recording Studio to record the debut album “Catharsis” with producer Marco Mastrobuono from December 2016 to January 2017, featuring Marco Mastrobuono (Hour of Penance, Buffalo Grillz), Massimiliano Pagliuso (Novembre), Francesco Ferrini (Fleshgod Apocalypse), Elisabetta Marchetti (Riti Occulti), Riccardo Studer (Stormlord).

The band’s name, “Párodos”, comes from classics, especially from greek tragedy where the term “parodo” stands for both a side-entrance, and the first song sung by the chorus after its entrance from the side wings (parodoi). The concept behind our music is to introduce the listener into a journey through human tragedy, where everyone is the actor yet a spectator, and to guide him through a purification process that leads to Catharsis, which is the title of our album.

“Catharsis” is dedicated in its entirety to Luigi, cousin, friend, brother whose departure after a long suffering deeply changed our lives and dramatically influenced our music. Therefore, the record resembles the structure of a greek tragedy, from Prologue to Exodus, dealing with sorrow to capture its essence and to recover hope.

Violet Sands

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The music of Brooklyn-based Violet Sands is an ethereal soundtrack for a rite of passage, harnessing the alluring vocals of Deidre Muro (Deidre & the Dark, previously of Savoir Adore), the inventive production of David Perlick-Molinari (French Horn Rebellion) and the atmospheric guitar-scapes of Derek Muro (Love Like Deloreans, Mighty Five) to evoke the beauty and struggles of transitioning from one phase of life to another.

Following the June 30th release of their debut album, Hotel, Violet Sands are now sharing a futuristic noir music video for hit single “Drive.” The video, directed by Christian Haberkern, draws on the band’s nostalgic 90s influences and perfectly captures the mood of the song. We follow the journey of a girl (actress Julia Vasi) through vibrant desert landscapes toward the Violet Sands Hotel, which is enhanced by Haberkern’s stunning visual effects.

The video premiered with One’s To Watch who hailed it saying, “Violet Sands perfectly encapsulates the magic of driving with no sense of direction or destination.”

The song ‘Drive’ was started while Derek was still living in California, and it kept a lot of its warm, desert-highway vibe as it traveled to Brooklyn.

The Wrecks

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Los Angeles indie rock band The Wrecks will headline several dates across the US for their first ever headline tour. The “Robot Army” tour begins October 24th at BOTH in San Francisco, CA. The Wrecks, who recently supported All Time Low on “The Young Renegades Tour,” will bring along Vesperteen (Oct 24 – Nov 11), Mainland (Nov 5 – 19), and The Technicolors.

“We’ve never headlined a tour before,” says singer Nick Anderson. “I started this band less than two years ago as just an idea in my head. I’m humbled and honored that there is enough demand out there already for us to get on the road as a headlining band. We literally have less than 15 minutes worth of music released so I really hope everyone is receptive to the new songs. We’re all so anxious to get out there and show everyone what we’ve been working on. I fully expect the shows to be loud, sweaty, fast, and exciting.”

The Wrecks have just only released one three-song EP, We Are The Wrecks (listen HERE), which features “Favorite Liar.” The song caught the attention of Jeff Reagan at SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and was top #5 on their Alt-18 countdown for almost 12 weeks. It was top 40 at Alternative Radio and currently has almost 6.5 Million streams on Spotify; The live video has garnered over 470,000 views on YouTube. Watch it HERE. Alternative Press, featured them as an “AP Recommends” for the September issue and recently premiered the official video.

The Wrecks recorded their debut EP on a whim when they heard the news that a friend had been granted access to a professional recording studio for just a few days. With zero budget, limited recording experience, and less than a week as a band under their belts, the group set out to write and record the best songs that they could in three days. A few sleepless nights and several cases of Red Bull later, the EP was cut. Little did the band know, they were not even allowed to be in the studio that week. As the owner’s ex-wife was on her way to the studio, they were told they had just minutes to leave without a trace. The band quickly cleaned every bit of evidence from the computer, every crumb of Dominoes from the couch, and they were off with their entire EP on a hard drive in a backpack.

The Wrecks recently began recording new music for a new EP (release date TBD), moving into Anderson’s grandmother’s house in his small hometown of Wellsville, NY. They recorded the songs in a barn studio that their friend Patrick Barry owns.

Heavily influenced by groups such as The Pixies, The Strokes, Weezer, and Vampire Weekend, this 5-piece isn’t afraid to blend undeniably catchy choruses, with lyrics and vocals that have an underlying substance and a certain quirk that give them their young, signature sound. They have played the Alt Nation Tour with The Hunna, Night Riots, and Shelter and have toured with Nothing But Thieves. The Wrecks are Nick Anderson (Vocals/Guitar), Aaron Kelley (Bass), Nick Schmidt (Guitar), Westen Weiss (Guitar), and Billy Nally (Drums).

Photo Credit: Kyle Lehman

Everyone Is Dirty

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Wonderfully warped and bristling with incendiary energy, the Oakland-based art-rockers Everyone Is Dirty first started shocking audiences with the raw power of their music in 2013. Having made made a name for themselves in the Bay Area with their unforgettable live shows, the band consisting of Sivan Lioncub (vocals/electric violin), Christopher Daddio (guitar/vocals), Tony Sales (drums/vocals) and Tyler English (bass) are gearing up to unleash their latest sonic vision.

Led by single “San Andreas,” Everyone Is Dirty is now sharing plans for the release of their new album, My Neon’s Dead.

The Dust Engineers

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The video for “Pelicans” is a lo-fi exploration of a flood-prone bayou in Louisiana, where the languid birds and breeze almost make you forget the oil extraction onsite that contributes to the demise of this beautiful location. Similarly, the song’s lazy twang and bucolic harmonies underlie lyrics about trying to relax while you know the planet is warming and birds are turning to cannibalism because ocean fish are harder to find. This is a late summer jam for concerned citizens.

The song is from our latest full-length album, the self-titled “The Dust Engineers,” available now on iTunes, Spotify, and all digital retailers. The album was recorded by us and mixed by Doug Walters and Darryl Neudorf (who mixed Neko Case’s classic albums). Prior to this song and the full length album, we have released two EPs and some venues we perform at are Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and a special show at the American Folk Art Museum.

Hatty Keane

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Hatty Keane started performing around the UK at 16 years old, quickly starting to generate label interest and eventually signing to independent music company BGM. Quickly going on to tour with the likes of Rudimental, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran, it underlined the hype and reputation of a young singer being touted as a major new emerging star.

Hatty however felt that her sound needed refinement and identity. Retreating to studios across Sweden to work with producers there, Hatty shaped and honed her music further, merging edgy pop influences with retro orchestras.

New single “Pointless” comes through in epic forms. The throaty, effortless vocal remains, only painted over epic and grandiose new orchestral movements. The cinematic, ambitious scale of the instrumental can’t help but point to inspirations such as Shirley Bassey or Kate Bush – this is a bold and fearless creation grounded in sure vocal talent.

Speaking on the track, Hatty states: ‘Pointless’ was born by my worst fear – To live the run of the mill, mundane life we are expected to. ‘Pointless’ questions the norm, the ideals we have been taught to live by and believe in since we were children – did we really go the moon?”

Year of October

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Formed at University of Kentucky in 2010, Year of October is the passion-project of Phlecia and Josh Sullivan. Mixing their diverse influences of Led Zeppelin and The Beatles for Josh, and Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald for Phlecia, Year of October stands out for their clawing Nashville-rock edge, and soulful, swirling vocals. Previously, the band has released debut LP Stories and sophomore album Golden Days. Year of October has played over 250 shows across the South, and has built up a devoted community of fans with their cohesive and genre-elusive style.

Check out their brand new single “Come & Get It”, and stay tuned for the new album out in October!

Jeff Crosby

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After spending the last two years splitting his time between playing guitar for Widespread Panic songwriter Jerry Joseph and performing with his own band, Jeff Crosby hit the studio to produce his fourth full length album, Postcards from Magdalena, being released October 27. The collection of songs was inspired by the places and cultures Crosby experienced while traveling across the U.S., Iceland, the U.K., Colombia, Nicaragua, and Alaska.

To celebrate the new release, Crosby is hitting the road for a nationwide tour starting in Nashville, TN, and ending with a three-night run in his home town of Boise, ID.

The album’s first single, “Cold Summer,” comes out on September 8, followed by an album pre-sale starting on October 6 with the instant-grat track, “Best $25 I Ever Spent.”

Produced and engineered by Gregg Williams (Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper, Pete Droge, Jesse Malin), Postcards from Magdalena is being self-released by Jeff in the U.S., and in the U.K. and Ireland with label partner At The Helm Records.

Brooke Forman

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In her newest release, Brooke Forman covers a timeless Frankie Valli song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” with the creepiest of interpretations. In a dark, minimal arrangement aided by producer Caleb Schultz , she manages to channel her inner psycho stalker and flip the original into something much more disconcerting.

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You is out now on Montreal based label/artist collective Blanket Fort.

Priest

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Indie-Synthpop artist Priest makes her triumphant return with the first new music since her self-described “hiatus to breathe and think.” With her, she brings a powerful, soaring track that picks up where Priest left off, and then some. Glistening, vibrating synths, hook the listener from the start, and meld expertly with Camille’s pure vocal stylings that fans have come to adore. “White Wing Dove” puts Priest’s musical evolution on full display. Warm bass lines, shimmering guitar, luscious synth melodies, and powerful percussive rhythms pool effortlessly with Camille’s vocals, to create a masterfully crafted song.

Tré

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Despite already having worked on original songs with notable east coast producers such as Josh Pan (of Skrillex’s record label OWSLA) and A$AP MOB’s very own Ty Beats, “TRÉ magnificent” still remains a relatively unknown name within the ever-evolving landscape of the current music scene. In addition to creating solo music and producing under the moniker “Ziiirko”, he also manages a rap-group by the name of “Rogue $quadron” & a music group called “Once Again” through which he releases all his music independently.

His latest official single, “Mantis $tyle” – produced by his brother Hussel Brand – acts as a prelude to his upcoming full length EP, “The Book of Tré”, utilizing his distinct take on progressive hip-hop that stands uniquely on its own in today’s day and age of labels such as “mumble” and “emo” rap. Having already performed at “The Airliner” (home of Low End Theory) in Los Angeles last month, Tré is slated to open for the legendary MC, Rakim, later this month at The Majestic Ventura Theater on Sept. 27th 2017.

Raleigh

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Calgary quartet, RALEIGH, has premiered a new single, “Smoke In Our Eyes” today via GoldFlakePaint. The track, which features Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene on guitar and Charlotte Cornfield on backup vocals, will be featured on the band’s new album, Powerhouse Bloom, set to arrive September 29, with a run of Canadian dates beginning this Thursday, September 7 in Edmonton (full dates below).
Of the single, RALEIGH stated, “we used to live in this 100 year old house on a hill in Calgary, with our a cat named Casper. All cats are good at sleeping, but this guy seemed like a feline psychonaut. He would always hang where the people were, even if that was the smoky living room, where he’d perch up somewhere and listen to records with his eyes closed. We would imagine he was picturing an epic cat adventure, astrally travelling through back alleys and off into the night. This song is based on a fascination with the power of our transportive, imaginative minds, but is also just a jam we know Casper would dig.”

New Candys

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Venice, Italy-based alternative rock band New Candys announce their upcoming LP, Bleeding Magenta, due out in October 2017 via Fuzz Club Records. New Candys formed in 2008 and gained a buzz through playing European festivals, such as The Secret Garden Party and Liverpool Psych Fest 2016. They recently landed a major sync for their song “Aphrodite In Leather” on SHOWTIME’s hit show “Shameless.” New Candys have shared the stage with rock notables, including The Warlocks, Dead Skeletons, The Vaccines, Slowdive and more.

Today, New Noise Magazine premieres the lead single “Excess” stating, “The song bellows with a gripping bass line, charging the rest of the instrumentals into a sonic daze; full of grandeur and poppy atmosphere.” “Excess” is a goodbye song; it’s about how intense relationships can be and how it’s okay to say goodbye if it’s too much to handle. The video has cinematographic odes to Nicolas Winding Refn and Dario Argento. This is the first offering from the upcoming LP, and gives a good sample of what to expect on the full record. Bleeding Magenta was written with a vinyl release in mind. The band says, “We played with the restricted amount of time allowed by one side at 33 RPM: 24 minutes. This forced us to be focused, to slim down our compositions and give space to the best and essential music only.”

The four piece is made up of Fernando Nuti (vocals, guitar, sitar), Diego Menegaldo (guitar, vocals), Stefano Bidoggia (bass, organ) and Dario Lucchesi (drums, percussion). New Candys produced the record by themselves, recording it for the first time close to their home at Fox Studio in Venice with Andrea Volpato. Drums were recorded at Alpha Department Studios in Bologna by Pierluigi Ballarin, who worked with the band on previous records. The record was mastered by Grammy Award winner Giovanni Versari at La Maestà Mastering, and it will be available on all digital platforms in October 2017. The vinyl pressing will ensure records will be on sale for the release, as well.

Photo Cred: Benedetta Albertini

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