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Gemini Club

Gemini Club

 

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The End Of Your Life

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Gemini Club is a four-piece electronic influenced indie-rock band whose unique live shows have been tearing up the Chicago scene for the last three years as they have become a not-to-miss live phenomenon. Far from the conventional live performance, Gemini Club have enhanced their live appearances with a specially designed rig that allows for on-the-fly remixing of their own songs, meaning each Gemini Club show is different from the last. This unique musical event has resulted in them sharing the stage with acts as varied as AWOLNATION, Interpol, The 1975, Metric, Panic! At The Disco and Cut Copy (to name a handful).

 

As the band continued its rapid ascent, a constant touring schedule this year also allowed them some high profile festival slots at Lollapalooza, Hangout Festival and Firefly Festival. Look for the band to hit the road again in early 2015 in support of their forthcoming "The End Of Your Life" EP.

 

"We've been in the studio a ton and playing shows, and now we're finally putting out what we've worked so hard on. 'Empty Bed' has an interesting duality between the dark verses and bright choruses--like you're going through a long tunnel until you reach daylight. Everyone has uncertainty in their lives, and to me, 'Empty Bed' is about being able to move past it."--Tom Gavin of Gemini Club

 

+ "Empty Bed" on Soundcloud has Already racked up 150K spins After Just 3 Weeks and some change!

 

+ "For fans of Bastille, Empire Of The Sun...This Chicago band has the ability to traverse the full spectrum of indie-dance....sharp songwriting, dance-floor beats and dynamic performance skills have seemed to finally click"--Time Out Chicago (at Lollapalooza)

Listen: "Empty Bed"  

Born Cages

Born Cages

1/17 Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

 

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Rolling Down The Hill

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Last year Born Cages released "The Sidelines EP" on Washington Square, an imprint formed by Razor & Tie. "The Sidelines EP" (on iTunes) was produced by Jon Kaplan (Walk The Moon) and Olivier Straus (Arctic Monkeys, Matt & Kim) at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY. Born Cages boundless style encompasses arena-size energy and folk-inspired melody and song craft. The band’s music walks a fine line between timeless rock grandeur and artful indie alternative. A balance that seems gracefully concocted yet flows naturally by the band’s collaboration with their producers.

 

Lead singer and guitarist Vlad Holiday formed Born Cages in 2011 and the group dove head-first into New York City’s eclectic indie rock movement. He is joined by high school friend Amanda Carl on keyboards, Dave Tantao on drums, and Matt Maroulakos on bass. Born Cages has already shared bills with acts as varied as Har Mar Superstar, Royal Teeth, The Pretty Reckless and Said The Whale and were even handpicked by Guns N’ Roses to be the sole support band on two sold out GN’R club shows.

 

With first single "Rolling Down The Hill" out now on 7-inch and digitally, the new album lands February 2015.

 

“Beautifully straddles the line between dreamy and discordant.” - Filter Magazine

 

“100 Bands You Need to Know” – Alternative Press

 

“blend of 80s-influenced synth/guitar work and modern pop-rock sounds” – Vice/NOISEY

Listen: "Rolling Down The Hill"  

Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney

2/08 Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane, WA
2/09 Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID
2/10 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
2/12 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
2/13 Slowdown - Omaha, NE
2/14 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
2/15 The Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
2/17 Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
2/22 House Of Blues - Boston, MA
2/24 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
2/25 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
2/26 Terminal 5 - New York, NY
2/27 Terminal 5 - New York, NY
2/28 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
3/01 Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
4/16 Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
4/17 Stubbs - Austin, TX
4/18 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
4/19 The Civic Theatre - New Orleans, LA
4/21 The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
4/22 The Ritz - Raleigh, NC
4/23 Marathon Music Works - Nashville, TN
4/24 The Pageant - St. Louis, MO
4/25 The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
4/26 Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
4/28 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
4/29 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
5/01 Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA
5/02 The Masonic - San Francisco, CA
5/05 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/7-9 The Showbox - Seattle, WA

 

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No Cities To Love

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Sleater-Kinney surprised fans by including the new song "Bury Our Friends" as a one-sided 7" with the October 21 release of "Start Together", a limited-edition vinyl boxed set comprising remastered versions of their seven previous acclaimed albums.

 

The trio - Corin Tucker (vocals/guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums) - recorded "No Cities To Love" in secret at Tiny Telephone Recordings in San Francisco in early 2014, with additional sessions at Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios in Portland, and Electrokitty Recording in Seattle. John Goodmanson, who helmed four previous Sleater-Kinney albums, produced "No Cities To Love".

 

"We sound possessed on these songs," says Brownstein, "willing it all - the entire weight of the band and what it means to us - back into existence."

 

Sleater-Kinney formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, and set a new bar for punk's political insight and emotional impact, earning the mantle of "America's best rock band" (Greil Marcus/Time Magazine) along the way. Since the 2005 release of "The Woods", which Entertainment Weekly called "a masterpiece," Tucker has released two albums with the Corin Tucker Band, while Brownstein and Weiss released one album with Wild Flag. Brownstein also co-created and co-stars in the IFC series 'Portlandia,' and Weiss has recorded and toured with Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, among others.

"Best New Track"--Pitchfork (they gave the new "Start Together" vinyl box 9.2 Best New Reissue!)

"Kicks a whole lot of ass."--Stereogum

 

"'Bury Our Friends' suggests Sleater-Kinney remains vividly multidimensional. A distorted declaration that opens with dueling guitar lines and a booming beat, the song arrives with angular urgency."--LA Times

 

"Incredibly catchy"--NPR Music

Listen: "Bury Our Friends"  

Hookworms

Hookworms

4/04 The Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA*
4/05 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA*
4/06 Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA*
4/08 Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA*
4/10 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
4/11 UFO Factory - Detroit, MI
4/15 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
4/16 DC9 - Washington, DC
4/17 Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
4/18 Palisades - Brooklyn, NY


*w/ Disappears

 

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The Hum

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With the announcement of their new single, Hookworms share the perfect encapsulation of everything that the second studio album "The Hum" is set to be. “On Leaving” takes the blueprint of critically acclaimed debut – proto-punk, garage rock, Washington DC hardcore, 80’s British spacerock – and further stamps it with the band’s seal.

 

"The Hum" comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album "Pearl Mystic" - a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013′s most impactful breakout statements. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, "The Hum" further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music.

 

“We were writing 'Pearl Mystic' to an audience in the same way your diary has an audience”, says guitarist SS. “It’s written to one but if no one ever reads it that’s not a big deal. This time round though we knew we had a really clear audience, so 'The Hum' is really about different freedoms and constraints – with 'Pearl Mystic' the possibilities were almost too vast, this time around we had a much clearer idea of what the record should be like and that became freeing because we didn’t need to worry about its direction so much.”


That word “free” is a good way to approach "The Hum", a record that could only be made by a band in total command of their personality. “It’s like that bit on Fugazi’s Instrument documentary where Brendan Canty says that a jam they’ve got sounds ‘good, but not Fugazi’ ”, says MJ – “we sound more like Hookworms rather than anyone else on this record.”


"It’s like having every nerve and sense available to the average human, and seeing it thrown into a blender. That’s the only reasonable way to describe Hookworms’ bustling, skittering and skizzing routine. They leap into the gut. They throw everything into the fire in one fatal blow. Distortion’s just childsplay for these guys."--DIY Magazine

 

"Awesome Leeds outfit Hookworms provide psychedelic rock that's heavy, engrossing and euphoric. In a live setting they storm along with a hefty motorik thrust, and play very loud indeed."--Time Out London

Listen: "On Leaving" (radio edit)  

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My Brightest Diamond

12/06 Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA
12/10 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
12/12 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
12/13 The Casbah - San Diego, CA

 

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This Is My Hand

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Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Worden can.

 

Her multi faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. "This Is My Hand", her fourth album, marks a confident return to rock music, one informed by her mastery of composition and a new exploration into the electronic.

 

Born in diamond-rich Arkansas and then raised all around the country, Worden came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City.

 

Shara began issuing recordings as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, following a protean period in the band AwRY, and joining Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers live ensemble. Asthmatic Kitty Records released her debut album, "Bring Me The Workhorse" in 2006, "A Thousand Sharks’ Teeth" in 2008, and 2011’s "All Things Will Unwind", which featured songs written for the chamber ensemble yMusic.

 

In between My Brightest Diamond, well known fans became collaborators, and collaborative projects amassed. Highlights include singing in Laurie Anderson’s 2008 show “Homeland,” delivering guest vocals on The Decemberists’ 2009 Hazards of Love album and subsequently joining them on tour, performing in Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s multimedia presentation “The Long Count,” singing and recording for Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang and singing in Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Penelope” and “Unremembered.” Shara has also worked with David Byrne (on his concept musical “Here Lies Love”), Fat Boy Slim, Bon Iver and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

 

"Combining brainy indie-pop with touches of art-rock and classical music, Worden's work radiates brilliance to match her considerable ambition."--NPR

 

"....extraterrestrial....ethereal, flat-out weird vocal styles more spiritual than human."--Consequence Of Sound

 

"The arrangements flutter with violins, flutes, winds and horns of all kind and show off Worden's creativiy and remarkable grasp on compositional theory."--PASTE

Listen: "Lover Killer"  

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You're Just Like Christmas

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Sheffield lads, The Crookes, love the holiday season, and to help celebrate with you and yours, have announced their annual holiday single, "You're Just Like Christmas", available now in North America via Modern Outsider (in UK/Europe via Fierce Panda). In conjunction, The Crookes have premiered a video for the single, filmed in the bright sun of California in October, which you can view below.


Of the new single, songwriter/guitarist Daniel Hopewell said, "We wanted to write a Christmas song that was unashamedly pop and feel-good. People would probably expect us to write a melancholic, minor Christmas song so we tried to do the opposite of that, whilst still hopefully playing around with the usual Christmas clichés. We knew we were going to Santa Cruz on the last US tour and decided to all dress up as Santa Claus and visit the Boardwalk and basically just mess about for the day and see what footage we got. Tongues were firmly in cheeks!"

 

The single wraps up a tremendously successful 2014, which saw The Crookes release their third full-length album, "Soapbox", in April, supported by multiple tours of the U.S., including SXSW, CMJ, TBD Festival, Europe, and the UK.

Listen: "You're Just Like Christmas"  

CARL BARÂT & THE JACKALS

Carl BarÂt & The Jackals

 

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Glory Days

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Fresh on the heels of three sold out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace with The Libertines, Carl Barât and his new band The Jackals unveil their debut single "Glory Days".

 

"Glory Days", produced by Joby J. Ford (The Bronx) is taken from the Carl Barât and The Jackals much-anticipated, as yet untitled forthcoming album, out on Grand Jury Music in the US and Cooking Vinyl Records in the UK in early 2015.

 

The single, like the album, was recorded in LA and features guest musicians, such as Beastie Boys percussionist Alfredo Ortiz. "I actually started making this record solo, but the long and short of it is I just didn’t like my own company," says Carl, adding that he soon realized that he wanted to get a new band together.

 

Rather than call up some old mates to recruit for The Jackals, Carl decided to post a few ads online asking if there were any likeminded souls out there who wanted to try their luck at playing with him. The response was overwhelming, with thousands of people replying. Carl adds "I was lucky, because I found a bunch of people who genuinely fit together as a gang."


"A tribute to the Clash's feral reggae-punk"--Stereogum

 

"Barât has brought a lot of what made The Libertines so effective in this new project, mostly the endless attitude and slightly ramshackle approach and song structures."--Consequence Of Sound

Listen: "Glory Days"  

Francisco The Man

Francisco The Man

12/06 Bartlett – Spokane, WA
12/07 Barboza – Seattle, WA
12/08 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
12/10 The Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
12/11 The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA
12/16 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
12/17 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
12/18 The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ

 

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Loose Ends

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It took roughly seven years, a teenage instrumental rock band, a debut EP, additions and subtractions, a roller rink and a near death experience to arrive at Francisco The Man. Following a two year hiatus beginning in 2008, the band relocated from Riverside to Los Angeles, bringing along a new addition, guitarist Brock Woolsey. With the help of Small Plates Records, they released two 7"s, "In The Corners" and "Tiger".

Francisco The Man's debut LP, "Loose Ends" (out 10/28), gives its audience a more encompassing look at the band. With each song, more and more honesty permeates through the lyrics. "I think the LP shows a broader, more realized version of Francisco The Man," Scotty Cantino explains.

From the beginning of the first track, questions and anxieties are the substance. With each subsequent verse and track, they seem to find the answers in themselves. "Even though I write the songs, we really hash them out....Arrangements and parts are formed on the fly. It's constant improvisation," Scotty says. Each song comes with a certain message, but with a sound that blends garage rock, new wave and shoegaze, the message becomes enveloped in something completely different.

 

"the kind of ripping, radio-ready alt rock song that actually has some bite and staying power. With soaring, arena-filling guitar work and Cantino's formidable fronting abilities, look for Francisco The Man to really turn some heads with their first full-length."--Consequence Of Sound (on "Big Ideas")

"Indie in theory, but with big-tent ambitions..."--Pitchfork

Listen: "Big Ideas"  

A. Sinclair

A. Sinclair

10/30 Mohawk - Austin, TX

 

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Pretty Girls

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A stalwart of Austin indie rock and one of the city's most highly regarded songwriters, Aaron Sinclair has teamed up with Dangerbird Records for the national release of the new album "Pretty Girls" under the moniker A. Sinclair. 12 songs are available digitally now and a 6-song 10" vinyl EP arrives October 28. A. Sinclair’s recent releases have drawn the attention of press around the country, intrigued by a sound that the Austin Chronicle described as "tension-driven" with "tight, rough riffs and sharp post-punk lines." SPIN remarked on the underlying feeling of "twitchy paranoia" that permeates Sinclair's songwriting, which Baeble Music described as having a "strung- out urgency."

 

A. Sinclair’s rock passport has a number of notable stamps: First Houston, his hometown, where he initially picked up a guitar with friends and considered it to be a reasonable enough vehicle by which to leave. Then it was on to Boston, where Sinclair established himself in the mid-aughts first as the drummer for Drexel and then as a member of The Lot Six, the widely-beloved band that grew out of that city’s fertile Tarantulas punk scene, and with whom Sinclair crisscrossed the country for 4 years, steadiy building a loyal following on the East Coast until it was over in 2006.

 

Meanwhile, Sinclair made a name for himself with his own band Frank Smith, the band through which he explored a rootsier sound while touring, recording, and collaborating with friends like Juliana Hatfield, who released two of the band's albums on her own label.

 

Later that year, Sinclair made the decision to relocate to Austin in his home state of Texas and rebuild first his band and ultimately, himself. With a fresh start, a new band name and a collection of songs that more than validate the impressive display of resolve, A. Sinclair's 'Pretty Girls' is the sound of an artist crashing ahead, unafraid to dig in even harder on being great, even if it means blowing it all up first.

 

Paste praised A. Sinclair's ability “let the music speak for itself” with a sound that can only be described as “full-on rock," while the critics at the UK site The Line of Best Fit were drawn to the combination of "massive guitars" and "boozy vocals," with "swagger, melody and timeless drive.”

Listen: "How Many Ways" (clean radio edit) 

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Johnny Marr

12/08 Neumos - Seattle, WA
12/10 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
12/11 Wow Hall - Eugene, OR
12/12 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
12/14 Independent - San Francisco, CA
12/15 Independent - San Francisco, CA
12/16 Glass House - Pomona, CA
12/18 Belly Up Tavern - Solona Beach, CA
12/19 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
12/20 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

 

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Playland

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Last year, Johnny Marr enjoyed a monumental start to his solo career with an abundance of critical acclaim (including the honor of being named NME's 'Godlike Genius') for his Top 10 debut solo album "The Messenger". Meanwhile, the legendary guitarist for The Smiths' shows were celebrated on Both sides of the pond for his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from The Smiths and the rest of the his extensive back catalog with other artists.

Johnny Marr's upward trajectory continues unabated with the release of "Playland". Work on the album commenced in London this past spring as soon as the year of touring support for "The Messenger" came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged last album with collaborator and co-producer Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.

As Johnny states, "When 'The Messenger' came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record."

According to Marr, written around a common theme of "songs that move at the speed of life," "Playland" captures much of the spirit that made "The Messenger" so memorable with energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by his characteristic guitar style, thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. Marr continues "It's important to sound like your environment and of this record that's London and Manchester. The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music."

Listen: "Easy Money" (radio edit)  

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Afternoons

10/17 El Cid - Los Angeles, CA

 

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Say Yes

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When Afternoons burst onto the L.A. scene in 2008, you’d have thought there wasn’t an arena big enough to hold them. An early song, “Say Yes,” hit the radio, and Shepard Fairey designed a poster for it. The seven-piece collective went to work on more music, occasionally gathering to play exhilarating live shows and stoke the fires of anticipation for a proper release.” – Kevin Bronson / LA Weekly

 

…Then came big name management and publishing, along with the requisite creative meddling and an unnecessary, unheralded name change. And just like that, much of the original mystique and momentum was lost.

 

Afternoons now returns a six piece, with the songs and shows they had envisioned all along. Sonically expansive yet lyrically concise. Starry-eyed at times, sardonic at others, and ever and always a mass spectacle.

Listen: "Gloria" (Radio Edit)