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Soft Swells

9/22 The Echo (Residency) - Los Angeles, CA
9/26 Cheer Up Charlie's - Austin, TX
9/27 Rudyard's - Houston, TX
9/28 The Beatnik - New Orleans, LA
9/30 Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA
10/02 IOTA - Washington, DC
10/03 Cameo Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
10/04 Piano's - New York, NY
10/05 O'Briens - Boston, MA
10/07 Tree Bar - Columbus, OH
10/08 The Basement - Nashville, TN
10/09 Township - Chicago, IL
10/10 The Demo - St. Louis, MO
10/13 Forest Room 5 - Denver, CO
10/14 Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City, UT
10/15 Flying M Room - Boise, ID
10/16 Lofi - Seattle, WA

 

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Floodlights

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Soft Swells. Sure it’s a band name (in fact, it’s this band’s name), but it is also a surfing term. Tiny, easy to ride waves that beginners keep an eye out for to build their aquatic confidence up. But what happens when you outgrow those small waves? Do you stop surfing? Or do you step up and try to tackle the biggest waves the ocean has to offer? Tim Williams, the mastermind behind Soft Swells (the band) has been moving towards this moment for years now. Tim started Soft Swells in an effort to reach new heights, and over the course of a full length and an EP, the music has gotten more sophisticated, and the sound of the band has gotten bigger. So if the band’s previous work could be described as soft swells, than their new album "Floodlights" is like an enormous tidal wave from an action movie. Absolutely everything about the band has gotten bigger. Where once there was just Tim with the help of producer/keyboardist Dave Lynch and a lot of studio magic, there is now a fully formed band.

 

In a (successful) experiment to capture the fun and excitement of their live shows on record, Tim brought a motley group of wildly talented musicians together in the studio to lay down all the tracks. Most of the record was tracked by producer Dave Lynch (the other Dave Lynch) at The Electric Zoo in Eastbourne UK, with Soft Swells’ touring bass player and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas at Tim’s side, and a guest appearance by resident UK drummer Phil Wilkinson (Jake Bugg, Brian Eno). As if that wasn’t enough, Misty Boyce (Sara Bareilles), Jonathan Visger (Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) and Soft Swells’ touring guitarist Kyle Frederickson all contributed their talents via satellite. Well, via email.


This impressive roster of personnel leaves Soft Swells sounding invigorated, like a whole new band. A big, stadium sized band to be exact. Drums shake, organs swell, guitars rock and vocals soar. This is no longer a band trying to figure out how to replicate the sound of their albums on stage, because they brought the stage to the studio. Tim’s new air of confidence isn’t just due to the stellar lineup, but also because of his recent marriage to the love of his life, Sabrina, who is a constant encouragement to Tim to take chances, and to do what she knows he is capable of.


"Soft Swells channel the Technicolor guitar-pop of Summerteeth-era Wilco, balancing high-flying synthesizer parts against guitars straight from the garage."--MTV Buzzworthy Artist

Listen: "Floodlights"  

Fiance

FiancÉ

9/19 Homegrown Cafe (Record Release) - Newark, DE
10/21-25 CMJ (TBA) - New York, NY

 

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EP1

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Newark is a small city in Delaware, home to a little more than 30,000 people, a university and a burgeoning music scene. Most notably, though, it’s the birthplace of Fiancé, a four-piece experimental pop group who are bringing their local vibe to a grander level. The band’s members have been friends since grade school, always playing in and out of bands together over the years as they grew up. In January of 2013, Andrew, Jeff and Tyler got together and started a new project they dubbed Fiancé. The idea behind the group was vague, with the only goal to make music together that they all enjoyed.


By June, the band had added local Delaware musician Brian Bruce on the drums. Based in a big farmhouse in Newark where the musicians have lived over the past few years, Fiancé have established themselves as a local staple. They helped to cultivate the music scene by hosting parties and shows at their house, highlighting DJ’s and bands from the tri-sate area.

 

The house also doubles as Fiancé’s recording studio. The musicians wrote the five tracks on their debut, titled "EP 1", over the course of last summer and fall. Produced by Andrew and engineered by friend Ryan Williams, the entire EP was recorded to quarter inch tape on a Tascam 388 tape machine. The tape adds to the gauzy, fuzzed out aesthetic that threads throughout the songs.

 

“Recording in our house gave us the opportunity to experiment with the ways different rooms can effect the sound of a record,” Tyler says. “We have used the design of our house to hone in on our sounds for years and you can hear it on the EP.”

 

The EP opens with the group’s first single, “Era,” a layered, shimmering pop song Andrew and Jeff had initially written for a possible solo project before Fiancé started. “It wasn’t quite finished,” Jeff says. “And the other band members just made it so much better. We’re really proud of it.” “Climb The Stairs,” is a moody rocker that showcases the glimmer of darkness and melancholy in the group’s sensibility. “The songs are ultimately about change,” Andrew says, “Those moments when you realize that what seemed like such a strong connection to something, has become so fragmented that it may not be mendable.”

 

The group is currently translating the aesthetic on their EP into a full-length album. For them, the EP is an apt hint at where Fiancé will go next, but not necessarily a complete indication. “Our goal is to write songs that are meaningful to us,” Jeff says. “If our songs can impact other people in a positive way, then that’s great. But our true goals are more selfish than that. We want to write songs that are more honest then anything we’ve done before, ones that resonate with ourselves.”


"A matrimonial mix of Diiv's billowy shoegaze and Delorean's effervescent dreamwave, FIANCÉ might well be the most exciting band to emerge from Delaware in, well, ever."--NME

"a song that sounds like a hazy day at the beach that will never escape your memory"--Noisey/VICE

"'Era' has heart too, and that's probably the main reason FIANCÉ stand out...a foggy, glazed pop song out of what, on the outside, could be considered complete heartbreak."--This Is Fake DIY

Listen: "Era" (radio edit)  

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Afternoons

 

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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)  

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My Brightest Diamond

9/19 Music Box - Detroit, MI
9/22 The Sinclair - Boston, MA
9/23 World Café Live - Philadelphia, PA
9/25 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
9/27 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
9/28 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
9/30 Visulite Theater - Charlotte, NC
10/1 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
10/4 Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX
10/10 Parish - Austin, TX
10/11 Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX
10/12 The Kessler - Dallas, TX
11/12 Wealthy Theater - Grand Rapids, MI
11/13 Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
11/14 High Noon Saloon - Madison, MI
11/15 Vogel Hall - Milwaukee, WI
11/16 The Mill - Iowa City, IA
11/17 Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
11/19 Old Rock House - St Louis, MO
11/20 White Rabbit Cabaret - Indianapolis, IN
12/02 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
12/03 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
12/05 Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
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: "Pressure"  

Fink

Fink

9/25 Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
9/26 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
9/27 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
10/2 Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
10/3 Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
10/7 The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
10/8 Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
10/10 The Independent - San Francisco, CA
10/11 El Rey Theater - Los Angeles, CA

 

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Hard Believer

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With four critically-acclaimed albums to date, "Hard Believer" will be Brighton, England trio Fink's debut release on band leader/songwriter Fin Greenall’s newly formed R’COUP’D imprint, via the legendary British independent label Ninja Tune Records.

 

Globally, Fink’s footprint has reached new heights, with the band bringing their impeccable and evocative live show for the first time to North America, with anticipation of the 2014-2016 campaign to be the strongest of the band’s career.

Recorded at Hollywood’s Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (protégé of Butch Vig and producer/mixer of artists such as Foster The People, Beck, Garbage and Neon Trees), Fink's "Hard Believer" is an album replete with calm beginnings, powerfully hypnotic loops, and climactic finales. It's a masterful collection of songs from an artist at the peak of his creative powers.

Listen: "Shakespeare" (clean radio edit)  

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Avi Buffalo

9/20 Rough Trade N.Y.C. - Brooklyn, NY
10/28 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
10/29 Reverb - Omaha, NE
10/31 Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
11/1 The Stone Fox - Nashville, TN
11/2 OK Productions - Decatur, GA
11/4 DC9 - Washington, DC
11/6 Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
11/8 Great Scott - Boston, MA
11/9 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA
11/11 Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
11/12 MOTR Pub - Cincinnati, OH
11/13 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
11/14 Seventh St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
11/15 Mad Planet - Milwakee, WI
11/16 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
11/18 Neurolux - Boise, ID


** with Owen Pallett

 

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At Best Cuckold

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Embarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there’s no denying Avi Buffalo’s own bar was set quite high with 2010’s celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not, dear fans/family/friends/friends of friends/newcomers, there’s nothing in this tale about The Second Album—a.k.a. "At Best Cuckold", that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age.

 

Ah, yes, age—much was made of it when Avi Buffalo’s first album hit the ground running, and for good reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club,Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.


So is Avi Buffalo a he or a them? The answer is a definitive yes, as leader Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg has lent his musical nickname—bestowed in childhood by a pal who’d picked up on his friend’s inclination toward spicy chicken wings—to this full-fledged outfit that works something like a solo project in the studio and then builds into a band onstage. Not that he goes it alone when recording—to the contrary, many able-bodied compatriots, including longtime collaborator Sheridan Riley, have assisted with committing his songs to tape—but everything begins and ends with Avi, and after ending a year on the road in support of the first record, he decided to take his time beginning work on the second.


The creation of "At Best Cuckold" turned out to be a three-year journey; a stretch of time that resembles its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twentysomething and traversing the interpersonal wilds which accompany that age, Avi kept playing music (even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated with and produced several friends (including Kevin Litrow’s N.O.W. project and Douglas James Sweeney’s Arjuna Genome), and even started DJing. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks—with that, the band headed into the studio on New Year’s Day.


Two weeks later, the basic tracks for "At Best Cuckold" were recorded, having been captured at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice of John Vanderslice fame. The engineering was actually handled by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney), though during his stay, Avi had a chance to play with the head honcho when he was asked to contribute to JV’s tribute to Bowie’s Diamond Dogs. Needless to say, Avi has nice things to say about the place.


Lyrically, there are a lot of unsettled emotions on the album; a product of Avi observing the world around him and writing “about life, dealing with relationships and yourself, and trying to keep your head up and keep learning amidst whatever it is you’re going through.”

 

At the ripe old age of 23, Avi Buffalo is ready to take on the world (again), armed with all of the experience he’s compiled over the past few years. And he’s made sure the second time around will be just as memorable as the first.

Listen: "So What"  

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Johnny Marr

11/09 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
11/10 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
11/12 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
11/14 Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
11/15 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
11/16 Paradise - Boston, MA
11/18 Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
11/22 Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
11/23 St. Andrews - Detroit, MI
11/25 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
11/26 Arvest Bank Theatre - Kansas City, MO
11/28 Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
11/29 Belly Up - Aspen, CO
12/01 Top Hat Lounge - Missoula, MT
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
12/16 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)  

Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett

9/18 The Mohawk - Austin, TX
9/19 The Loft - Dallas, TX
9/20 Untapped Festival @ Discovery - Houston, TX
9/26 Centennial Theatre - Sherbrooke, CA
9/27 National Arts Centre - Ottawa, CA
9/29 Centre In The Square - Kitchener, CA

 

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In Conflict

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Owen Pallett's "In Conflict" is full of love songs - more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved ones locked in battle with them.

“The record is meant to approach ‘insanity’ in a positive way,” Pallett says - emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of insanity.


“Depression, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being. Not preferable, per se, but all as equal, valid positions that we experience, which make us human.”

The songs are pretty but deeply unnerving - they cause discomfort in sensuous & seductive ways. While made with the rigour of a classicist, this isn’t classical music or even indie-classical music. Pallett is not just “approved of” by Establishment Art Music people (though he is) - he is also beloved for his accessibility; for the way his art reflects & resonates with Mainstream Pop Culture; for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides.

 

"a torrential swirl of strings and percussion that, on first pass, stands among Pallett's finest compositions"--Stereogum (on "The Riverbed")

"The setting is the everyday; the scale is still epic. Turns out, when you take one guy’s fears and hopes and neuroses and splay them across a range of Middle Earth mountains, you get some great songs."--Consequence Of Sound (A-)

"a beautiful and powerful album, light as a feather in its delivery of complicated musical and lyrical ideas, but packing a punch that’s sharp enough to floor most other records released this year."--Time Out London

"for the In Conflict sessions, Pallett's stock as one of indie rock's best ambassadors to pop music reached a new high."--NPR

 

Listen: "The Riverbed"  

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

9/20 Goose Island / XRT Urban Block Party - Chicago, IL
9/23 Blue Moose - Iowa City, IA~
9/24 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA~
9/25 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN~
9/26 The Frequency - Madison, WI
9/27 Pygmalion Music Festival - Champaign, IL
9/28 Brooklyn Flea at 50 Kent - Brooklyn, NY
10/14 The Stone Fox - Nashville, TN#
10/15 The Mothlight - Asheville, NC
10/16 Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL#
10/17 Purgatory at The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA#
10/18 The Pinhook - Raleigh, NC#
10/19 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA#
10/21 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD#
10/23-24 CMJ - New York, NY
10/25 Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
10/30 Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL!
11/4 The Demo - St Louis, MO
11/5 Opolis - Norman, OK
11/6 City Tavern - Dallas, TX
11/7 Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
11/10 Rampage Fest - Phoenix, AZ
11/11 The Observatory/Constellation- Santa Ana, CA
11/12 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
11/13 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
11/14 Cellar Door - Visalia, CA
11/15 The Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
11/17 Slabtown - Portland, OR
11/19 The Vera Project - Seattle, WA
11/20 The Bartlett - Spokane, WA
11/21 The Crux - Boise, ID
11/22 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
11/24 Lost Lake - Denver, CO
11/25 Midtown Art Supply - Omaha, NE


* = w/The Lemons
^ = w/Public Access T.V. and The Lemons
# = w/Tweens
~ = w/NE-HI
! = w/NE-HI and Flesh Panthers


 

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Wild Onion

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Don't bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album "Wild Onion" (out August 5th) isn't as spooky or surreal as David Lynch's short-lived TV show. It's more like a modern day Nuggets, with Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

Having quickly cut 2013's "Sunken", in frontman Cadien's basement so they could sell it on tour, the band was excited to spend more time developing "Wild Onion", a record that reveals a level of maturity beyond all the amp-singeing solos, ragtag rhythms and dizzying voices of three distinct singer-songwriters. Unlike acts who let their egos get in the way, Cadien, Clay and Jack share the spotlight and play to one another's strengths as Connor keeps things moving with a steady beat.

Having just wrapped a national tour in support of their fellow Chicagoans The Orwells and midwest dates with Arctic Monkeys, Twin Peaks are on the road currently with Brit buzz band Eagulls and will follow that with a headline club tour of all major US markets around release date (August--November). There will be festival stops on the way at Pitchfork, Fuck Yeah, Fun Fun Fun, CMJ and more TBA.

+ "...Twin Peaks have perfected the kind of songwriting that puts you in a practiced, happy headlock."-- Pitchfork

 

+ "...a quartet of young Chicago dudes with great taste in band names whose combination of psychedelic jangle and slacker punk grease makes a persuasive argument for the continued relevance of guitar rock." -- Esquire

+ "The Chicago teenagers who make up the band Twin Peaks make a confident old-school indie rock chug that should be beyond their years." -- Stereogum

+ "Their hypermelodic, sometimes psychedelic strain of pop'n'roll is a wild-eyed cousin to the wave of Julee Cruise-indebted bedroom bands their name suggests."-- SPIN

+ "While all the tracks are marked by heavy reverb and a lo-fi sound, each one feels distinct, thanks to the band's knack for melody and its instinct for switching up pace, tone, and guitar attack."-- Under The Radar

+ "stargazing dreaminess and swooning romanticism delivered with Velvets-like swagger." -- NME

Listen: "Flavor"  

Colony House

Colony House

9/18 Low Spirits Bar - Albuquerque, NM
9/19 Jake's Sports Cafe - Lubbock, TX
9/20 Vanguard - Tulsa, OK
9/23 George's - Fayetteville, AR
9/24 Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
9/25 The Demo - St Louis, MO
9/26 Midpoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
9/27 Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
10/01 The HI-FI - Indianapolis, IN
10/02 The Stache - Grand Rapids, MI
10/03 Club Garibaldi - Milwaukee, WI
10/04 Schuba's - Chicago, IL
10/05 Turf Rock - Minneapolis, MN
10/06 Reverb Lounge - Omaha, NE
10/08 Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
10/09 Grand Stafford - Bryan, TX
10/10 Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX
10/11 Prophet Bar - Dallas, TX
10/12 ACL - Austin, TX
10/14 Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, LA
10/16 Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
10/17 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
10/18 Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
10/19 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
10/21 U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
10/22 MilkBoy Philly - Philadelphia, PA
10/24 CMJ - New York, NY
10/26 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
10/28 The Club at Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
10/29 Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
10/30 The Basement - Columbus, OH


 

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When I Was Younger

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Colony House, a trio from Nashville, TN will release their first full- length album "When I Was Younger" via Descendant Records (The Lone Bellow) on July 22nd. A.V. Club provided a first taste of the album in the single “Silhouettes".

"'Silhouettes' is quite an interesting song and serves a very specific purpose on this record,” says lead singer and songwriter Caleb Chapman. “For an album that has a fair amount of emotional twists and turns, this track is meant to be a constant. 'Silhouettes' is a steady reminder for the soul not to allow the dark moments in life to overshadow all the beautiful ones we live every day.”

 

Guitarist and principal songwriter Chapman writes effortlessly infectious tunes that resonate with personal experience and emotional depth. The songs' messages of hope and perseverance are matched by the organic musical rapport of Caleb and his bandmates, brother Will Chapman on drums and Scott Mills on lead guitar and harmony vocals.

Listen: "Silhouettes"  

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Jungle

9/19 Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
9/20 Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
9/22 The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
9/24 The Mohawk - Austin, TX
9/25 Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
9/26 Republic New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
9/27 Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
9/28 Exit In - Nashville, TN
9/30 Black Cat - Washington, DC
10/1 Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY
10/2 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
10/3 The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
10/7 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
10/8 Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL
10/9 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
10/15 The Showbox - Seattle, WA
10/16 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
10/18-19 Treasure Island Music Festival - San Francisco, CA

 

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Jungle

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Jungle want to take you on an infinite holiday, a place called bliss, a great escape from the grey and the everyday – because, as aesthetes from Oscar Wilde to Pharrell Williams knew, there is nothing so serious as fun and nothing as subversive as happiness.

There is no blueprint to Jungle’s irresistible, life-enhancing, report-to-the-dancefloor sound but there are many ingredients. It’s P-Funk and ‘Grand Theft Auto’, it’s Curtis Mayfield and ‘Tron’, it’s the Beach Boys and Joy Division and Marvin Gaye and Can, all cut up and refracted in a London neighbourhood where anything can happen.

Behind the rising buzz – the BBC Sound of 2014 nomination, the 4 millions plus plays of the ‘Platoon’ video, the US tour that sold out on the back of their SXSW appearance before Jungle even had an official record out in America – it’s a DIY story. Working from their home studio in Shepherd’s Bush, the core Jungle duo known only as J and T set out their store long before they came on any label’s radar with a brace of handmade mini-classics. A couple of singles – ‘The Heat’’s supple 4am soul snap, the ice-cold search-and-destroy beats of ‘Platoon’ – connected 2014 and 1974, London with Rio and New York, the feet with the unconscious mind.

Adding to the buzz and mystique were game-changing videos, made by the band and their mates, featuring skaters the High Rollaz and a stunning 6-year old breakdancer called Terra. They racked up major views on YouTube and spread the word far beyond the music hardcore that here was something different. Inscrutable press photos compounded the intrigue, suggesting that there might be two people in Jungle or there might be thirty. Who could tell? Like their sonic ancestors Public Enemy or The Art Of Noise, Jungle were a delicious riddle, an enigma with attitude.

J and T are a pair of sound obsessives called Josh and Tom, sharp and meticulous West Londoners who each play “pretty much everything” and tend to finish each other’s sentences too. “The initials weren’t a big deal, they’re just our nicknames,” explains T. “We weren’t trying to hide ourselves, but we didn’t want the whole thing to be about us. We wanted it to be about at the music. ”

They’ve known each other they were ten years old, when J moved in next door to T’s house in Shepherd’s Bush back in 2000. T lived a mere stone’s throw from the legendary Townhouse Studios where (omens ahoy) everyone from ABC to Frank Zappa recorded. J climbed over T’s back garden wall and they’ve stayed friends ever since, from the time he tried to sell T his first guitar for £20 (Tom: “it was broken”) through roller-skating to sharing music – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jehst, Braintax – to their first experiments with making their own.

“You know what it’s like,” says J. “You get a guitar and a busted old PC, then you find a bit of software on the Internet and suddenly you’re actually doing it. Even when we were kids the idea was, Yeah, we can do that. You don’t need a label or expensive equipment to make music. You just need to have a go.” Their interest in sound became an obsession. At school T spent a year dissecting Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ and the Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ until he knew them inside out, two records he still adores for their marriage of recording technology with pure joyous emotion.

Shepherd’s Bush gave them a musical identity before they even knew they wanted one – that stew of hip hop, rock, electronica, soul and reggae that comes from a true culture collision. “We love it round there,” says T. “All of our mates are there. It’s one of those parts of London that’s kept its identity.”

So they threw themselves into finding a sound that only they could make. Something epic and rhythmic, euphoric and sexual. “It’s always been visual for us,” explains the enthusiastic J. “We want the feel of a video game or a cartoon landscape, a hyperreal, colourful, surreal place. We want everything to be realer than real.”

Half recorded at home and finished in the studios of their new label XL, where The xx made their own first album, Jungle’s intoxicating self-titled debut delivers all that and more. There’s technique and care in these seemingly weightless tracks but above all it feels effortless, a breath of fragrant fresh air, a touch of psychedelic sweetness for sour times.

Listen: "Busy Earnin"  

SBTRKT

SBTRKT

10/07 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
10/09 Republic New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
10/10 House Of Blues - Houston, TX
10/12 House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
10/14 The Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
10/15 The Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA
10/16 The Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA
10/17 Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
10/18 House Of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
10/20 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
10/21 Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS
10/23 Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
10/24 House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH
10/25 Lincoln Theatre - Washington, DC
10/26 Terminal 5 - New York, NY
10/29 Royale - Boston, MA

 

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Wonder Where We Land

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SBTRKT has announces details of his much-anticipated second album. The London-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will release "Wonder Where We Land" on September 23rd.

 

"Wonder Where We Land" follows his critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and a recent interim release of six instrumentals called "Transitions", which joined the creative dots between the first and second albums.

 

Since the release of his debut album in 2011, SBTRKT has cemented his role as one of the most acclaimed electronic artists and performers around. What began as praise in his hometown of London has now reached to every corner of the globe.

 

SBTRKT’s captivating and ever changing live show will be touring the world for the rest of the year.

Listen: "New Dorp, New York" (feat. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend) 

Interpol

Interpol

9/19 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA
9/20 Fox Theatre - Oakland, CA
9/22 Fox Theater - Pomona, CA
9/24 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
9/26 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
9/27 Ogden - Denver, CO
9/29 Granada - Lawrence, KS
9/30 Cains - Tulsa, OK
10/02 Southside - Dallas, TX
10/03 House of Blues - Houston, TX
10/04 Austin City Limits - Austin, TX
10/05 Stubb's Bbq - Austin, TX
10/07 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
10/09 Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN
10/11 Austin City Limits - Austin, TX
11/06 Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
11/07 House of Blues - Orlando, FL
11/08 Fillmore - Miami, FL
11/10 Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
11/11 Marathon Music Works - Nashville, TN
11/12 Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL
11/14 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
11/15 The Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
11/17 Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
11/21 House of Blues - Boston, MA
11/22 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
11/24-26 Terminal 5 - New York, NY
11/29 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C
11/30 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
12/1 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA

 

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El Pintor

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Interpol will release their first album in four years, "El Pintor," September 9th. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the ten tracks on "El Pintor," - taut and epic in equal measure - find the band completely reinvigorated after a two and a half year break from touring.

 

All songs on "El Pintor"were written and produced by Interpol, with Daniel Kessler playing guitar and piano, Samuel Fogarino on drums, and Paul Banks on vocals, guitars, and taking over bass duties for the first time. The album also features Brandon Curtis (The Secret Machines) playing keyboards on nine songs, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Beck) playing keyboards on “Tidal Wave,” and Rob Moose (Bon Iver) playing violin and viola on "Twice as Hard.”

 

"El Pintor" was mixed by Alan Moulder, and mastered by Greg Calbi and the band premiered songs from the upcoming album in March while headlining the NME Awards tour in the UK. The Guardian praised their set at London’s Brixton Academy as "lean and powerful.”

 

Speaking of shows, Interpol are touring all summer on the festival circuit including performances at Lollapalooza, FYF Fest, Austin City Limits as well as Governors Ball, Roskilde and Glastonbury just past, and then will tour coast to coast this Fall with dates to be announced soon!

Listen: "All The Rage (Back Home)"  

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The Griswolds

9/05 KRBZ Beach Ball - Kansas City, KS
9/06 The Vanguard - Tulsa, OK
9/13 San Diego Music Thing - San Diego, CA


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The Griswolds who hail from Sydney, Australia just put the finishing touches on their highly anticipated debut album with Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Beck). The band have announced that their first single will be “Beware The Dog.” About the song, singer Christopher Whitehall said, “This is the first song Dan and I ever wrote together. It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey - the good and the bad times.”

 

Last year The Griswolds released their infectious four-song "Heart of a Lion EP" and upon the release of its first single, “Heart of a Lion,” it was immediately added into high rotation in Australia on triple j radio and was one of the station’s most played tracks of the year. The international airwaves were quick to take notice with the song attracting airplay in over 20 countries worldwide and it also reached #3 on the radio airplay charts in The Netherlands via tastemaker station 3FM and was an iTunes single of the week in the region. Stateside, the release had critics and fans buzzing alike not only with the songs themselves but with their creative videos which all had noteworthy premieres via the likes of MTV Buzzworthy, CMJ and Noisey/VICE to name a few.

 

The Griswolds just wrapped a tour in Australia with St. Lucia which had one of Australia’s leading music blogs, Tone Deaf boasting that they, “…put on an incredible support set that could have easily been redefined as a co-headline spot. The quintet oozed tropical flamboyance and Aussie ambience, and brought with them a euphoric lasso that hooked audiences from the get-go…‘Beware Of The Dog’, showcased the band’s impressive harmonies and raw heavy percussion, giving the song an infectious live presence that, in hindsight, rivaled many of the headliner’s moments.” They also came off some great shows at SXSW to packed houses and rave reviews including making many best of lists such as, The Huffington Post naming them as “30 SXSW Acts About to Break,” The Atlantic “18 Bands to Check Out From South by Southwest 2014,” Buzzfeed “50 Acts You Need To Hear,” AU Review naming the band as “Best Australian Artist at SXSW: The Griswolds” and Reverb naming them in their “The best shows at SXSW 2014” list. The Griswolds will be playing shows throughout the rest of the year including Bonnaroo and Firefly as well as select dates with Gemini Club. More dates will be announced soon.

Listen: "Beware The Dog"