The Mynabirds are proud to announce their third full-length album, Lovers Know, set for release on August 7 via Saddle Creek. Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, the album was recorded internationally over a yearlong period and forges into previously unexplored territory. Exploring influences of 80s, 90s, and futuristic soundscapes, the record recalls Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine. The result is arguably one of Burhenn’s most personal and confessional works to date, yet also her most accessible.
The lead single from the forthcoming album “Semantics” premiered on NPR All Songs Considered who proclaim “Laura Burhenn’s pop wisdom shines through on this shimmering single.” Be sure to listen and share the track, streaming now on YouTube.
A perfect intro to an album steeped in “break-up” themes, “Semantics” explores the complicated optics that color any long-term love. “Have you heard about the Buddhist monks who meditated on polluted water molecules?” asks Burhenn. “The molecules changed from sad, brown amorphous things into beautiful geometric shapes that looked genuinely happy. That's pretty much what this song is about. Long love is tough and it takes a lot of effort. It gets bent out of shape, and brown and a little amorphous over time. So in ‘Semantics’ I'm asking, "Does it matter what we call things, what we call 'Us'? And yeah, it does. It can change everything. If we call love something beautiful, if we put the energy into it being that, we can transform into that.”
Lovers Know is loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds — radiating synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums – but Burhenn’s brooding, unmistakable voice still leads the way. Often depicted on the album are the universal themes of love, loss, and seeking connection. “Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it’s also the thing that can make us sing,” says Burhenn.
Brooklyn based garage rock trio Sharkmuffin creates super-heavy, jagged, and exceedingly catchy punk rock, which recently was named by Billboard as being one of the “20 All-Female Bands You Need to Know”. Experienced guitarist Tarra Theissen (vocals/guitar) and Natalie Kirch (vocals/bass) jammed in punk paradise Asbury Park in 2012 and have continued to play together since. After two powerful EP’s and a self-titled 7”, Sharkmuffin reveal their new track “First Date” via Flavorwire in anticipation of the upcoming release of debut LP Chartreuse.
The noise-punk-meets-psychedelic power pop group has evolved their sound on the new album working with drummer Patty Schemel (Upset, Death Valley Girls, Hole). The result is a full length filled with ten tracks of commanding hits. “First Date” is no exception. With raw, unapologetic lyrics, modest punk bass lines, ferocious drums, and crushing guitar, Sharkmuffin delivers an artfully crafted pop single.
“Chartreuse is mine and Natalie’s favorite color, but it’s also a liqueur whose recipe is only known by two monks, and each monk only knows half the recipe and has to keep it a secret,” Thiessen tells Flavorwire. “All the tracks are really bright, in your face, and obvious like the color, but all lyrically deal with relationship dynamics involving things that for better or worse were hidden from each other.”
“First Date” offers an accurate glimpse of Chartreuse while firmly standing as a powerhouse in its own right. Check it out, and stay tuned for the release of Chartreuse coming August 7th on vinyl from State Capital, and digitally by Little Dickman Records.
Sharkmuffin will be heading on tour this summer, and their live show is not to be missed. If you’re in New York, catch them before they hit the road.
6/11 @ The Gutter (Northside Festival), Brooklyn, NY
6/25 @ Good Room, Brooklyn, NY
Worriers will release their highly anticipated debut full-length effort Imaginary Life,August 7 via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and recorded & mixed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, Against Me!), the new record reinforces the powerful punk prowess that fans have come to expect from Lauren Denitzio. Imaginary Life is a collection of fast and infectious guitars, anthemic lyrics, and unyielding vocals.
While Imaginary Life doesn’t stray too far from past Worriers’ releases, it resonates stronger than ever in both sound and message. In the resolute political ballad ”They / Them / Theirs” we are questioned regarding notions of the gender binary and the frustrations that come with it. Arguably the most alluring track of the collection, “Plans” bursts open into an uplifting call to arms. Driven by percussive guitar and biting formidable lyrics “Yes All Cops” emphasizes the fact that white silence = white violence, especially in the wake of recent murders by the police.
“They / Them / Theirs” premiered with SPIN
and we encourage you to post & share.
Their approach to expressing politics in music is the feminist line “the personal is political”, using experiences to reflect on more universal political issues. On Imaginary Life, Worriers is Lauren Denitzio accompanied by Rachel Rubino (Bridge and Tunnel) and John McLean (Dead Dog, Todd Killingz) on lead guitars, Audrey Zee Whitesides (Mal Blum) on bass, Mike Yannich (The Ergs) on drums, and Lou Hanman (Caves) on backing vocals. Be sure to catch the band live on their national tour, which kicks off May 28th at Silent Barn in NYC.
National Tour Dates w/ Caves
5/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
5/29: Pittsburgh, PA @ City Grows
5/30: Cincinnati, OH @ Tacocracy
5/31: Bloomington IN @ Kroger Castle
6/1: Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
6/2: Grand Rapids, MI @ The New Church
6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room
6/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
6/5: Minot, ND @ Pangea House
6/6: Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge
6/7: Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW
6/9: Seattle, WA @ Narwhal
6/10: Portland, OR @ Twilight Cafe
6/11: San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
6/12: Pomona, CA @ VLHS
6/13: San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
6/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
6/15: Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
6/16: Las Cruces, NM @ Haphazard Hall
6/18: Austin, TX @ Mohawk (inside)
6/19: Houston, TX @ WONKY POWER
6/20: New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa)
6/21: Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
6/22: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
6/23: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
6/24: Durham, NC @ Pinhook
6/25: Richmond, VA @ Gallery5
6/26: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (iDobi Festival w/o Caves)
6/27: Baltimore, MD @ TBA
6/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/29: New Brunswick, NJ @ The West
IAMDYNAMITE return with their sophomore LP Wasa Tusa, out August 7 via Brando Records.
The follow-up to the 2012 debut album SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, Wasa Tusa sees the Michigan-based duo of Chris Martin and Chris Phillips expanding their repertoire and experimenting in the studio to create a new brand of freewheeling pop.
“Our first record was more of a documentation of our live show,” explains Chris Martin.“This is our first record where the recording was the art form.”
Produced by Matt Novesky – who also produced the band’s debut record – Wasa Tusafeatures the sun-drenched debut single “In The Summer” (out now).
Today the band reveals “Be There” – the first track on the forthcoming album and an undeniable pop gem – exclusively via Earmilk (listen/share).
Drawing inspiration from 80’s pop pioneers such as The Police and Hall & Oates to early 2000 nu-rave revivalists such as Klaxons and Simian Mobile Disco, IAMDYNAMITE’s synth-driven rock and alt-pop hooks are as danceable as they are delicious.
IAMDYNAMITE will be hitting the road in support of the new record later this summer. Check out the tour dates listed below.
1. Be There
3. In The Summer
4. My Love
5. Feel Real
6. Fade Out
8. Keep It Simple
10. Tear A Line
IAMDYNAMITE Tour Dates
8/18: Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
8/19: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
8/20: Sauget, IL @ Pop's
8/21: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/22: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
8/23: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
9/10: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/11: Mertyle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
9/12: Charlotte, NC @ 1065 The End's Weenie Roast
9/13: Raleigh, NC @ 95X Big Shindig
Mother Falcon return with their third full-length Good Luck Have Fun, out August 14th on BitCandy. With this release, the Austin based indie orchestra takes a leap into the unknown, blowing up their usual way of composing and recording together in a conscious effort to push themselves into new stylistic and sonic realms. Good Luck Have Fun explores a complicated stew of regret, betrayal, yearning and nostalgia for childhood, set among some of the most ambitious music of Mother Falcon's burgeoning career. In preparation for the release, Mother Falcon has announced a NYC show with more to come this fall!
Album opener “Kid” sets the bar high with instrumental layers progressively piling up hooks behind a shimmering vocal from Claire Puckett. “Quiet Mind” gradually builds from stark violin pizzicatos to jazzy horn blasts as Tamir Kalifa’s choirboy voice soars above lush swells of strings with the emotionalism that has always characterized the Mother Falcon “sound.” “Water,” a reworking of the dreamy final track from their previous album, is cathartically transformed into something startlingly different with relentless Latin rhythms, dissonant strings, funk guitar and squalling horns, all pointing toward a more aggressive approach in the future.
“Kid” premiered with SPIN
and is available to post & share HERE
Good Luck Have Fun doubles down on both the accessible and adventurous sides of Mother Falcon. While the first half of the album soars with an emphasis on rhythm, concise arrangements and a wealth of hooks, the second half of the album is comprised of experimental instrumental soundscapes composed as the score to an upcoming documentary about competitive gaming. Inspired by Bowie’s Low, 60s improv iconoclasts AAM, Koji Kondo’s score for Majora’s Mask and the psychedelic drone of Fuck Buttons, the instrumental pieces ebb and flow in tension between unresolved crescendos and throbbing, jagged minimalism. Pressing forward toward fresh and innovative ground, Good Luck Have Fun shows Mother Falcon unafraid to take risks in search of something radiant and new.
A follow up to their critically acclaimed debut which saw them on the cover of The Village Voice and was dubbed one of the “Best Albums of 2012” by both SPIN and Rolling Stone, NYC’s Escort return with their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album Animal Nature, released October 30th via Escort Records. Founded by Eugene Cho & Dan Balis and fronted by the tremendous vocals of lead singer Adeline Michèle, the band has become a dancefoor staple, revered for their irresistible blend of disco, funk & soul that pays homage to the classics while remaining fresh and modern.
Animal Nature stays true to the tradition of clubland’s holy trinity – New York, Chicago and Detroit – while staying on the forefront of modern disco and a new era of not-so-underground dance music. Catchy vocals, lush strings and keyboard rhythms are immediately grabbing on dance-pop album opener “Body Talk”. Theatrical disco-party masterpiece “My Life” features a raucous blend of piercing horns, syncopated strings and blazing guitar riffs sure to bring down the house. Title track “Animal Nature” is lead by a driving disco bass line, syncopated synths and silky smooth R&B vocals, further enhanced by a chanting and enchanting chorus.
Hear “Animal Nature” at Rolling Stone or HERE.
We encourage you to post and share.
Escort burst on to the scene in 2006 with a string of critically acclaimed future classic 12"s. The band has developed a reputation as one of New York’s most compelling live acts, performing in a variety of powerful party line-ups, from a core 5-piece (with Adeline on bass) to a 10+ member extravaganza. In an age where dance music is over saturated with countless producers churning out an endless stream beats and remixes, Escort stands out, in part, by creating dance music the old fashioned way: with impeccable production, musicianship, and songwriting.
In celebration of the new album, Escort will be playing a special NYC show Aboard The Jewel on August 22 as part of the ROCKS OFF Concert Cruise Series. More information and tickets can be found here!
For more information on Escort, give us a shout!
Sarah Avrin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-989-2222 x136
Noah Bethke, email@example.com, 212-989-2222 x104
1. Body Talk
4. If You Say So
6. Animal Nature
7. My Life
8. Actor Out of Work
11. Barbarians (Tiger & Woods Remix)
12. Helium (Escort Pressure Dub)
13. Body Talk (Escort Dub)
Roadside Graves have been together in some form since 2000 and Acne/Ears is thefifth proper full length and first to be released by Don Giovanni Records. Geographically challenged with members scattered throughout the Tri-State area and even one in Spain, these are not songs about other people, or influenced by characters in books as they’ve done in the past. This is the band’s attempt to recreate moments in their lives that weren’t necessarily poignant at the time, but grew to be just that as they aged. These are songs lived in and caved in, at times both depressing and care free. Wild and naive. Genuine and dumb.
“Gospel Radio” premiered with Stereogum
and we encourage you to post & share.
Acne/Ears varies in subject and seriousness, like a long conversation with an old friend. Anything is up for discussion, interpretation, and consideration: feeling jealous of handsome carefree surfers, being selfish while your father dies, blowing up balloons for the prom, worrying about your family, the loneliness and absurdity of being on tour, staying home from school because of acne, and just appreciating the right amount of duct tape wrapped tightly around the microphone stand.
Because Music/Neon Gold/Atlantic recording artist Christine and the Queens has unveiled an array of plans heralding the North American version of her acclaimed debut, which will arrive stateside later this year.
Christine and the Queens announces her live return to US in the Fall, touring North America with Marina and the Diamonds through California, Portland, Canada, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, and ending with a double Terminal 5 show in New York. She made her eagerly anticipated network TV debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers yesterday HERE. Christine and the Queens will perform a very special showcase concert at New York City’s The Box tonight. Additional live dates will be announced soon – for updates, please go to www.christineandthequeens.com/us.
Christine and the Queens made her North American debut earlier this year with the Saint Claude EP, highlighted by the international hit singles “Saint Claude” and “Tilted.” The latter track – hailed by VICE’s Noisey as “lithe, perfectly parsed pop” – comes accompanied by a unique video, streaming at Christine’s official YouTube channel HERE.
Hailed worldwide as a visionary live artist, Christine was among the breakout stars performing at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. From there, Christine and her band served as special guests on fellow Neon Gold recording artist Marina And The Diamonds’ west coast tour dates.
Recently named “Female Artist of the Year” at the French GRAMMY-equivalent Victoires de la Musique ceremony, Christine is already a household name in her native country. “Saint Claude” – which received “Music Video of the Year” honors at the Victoires de la Musique – has proven a massive worldwide hit, earning more than 13 million individual views thus far HERE. In addition, “Christine” HERE – the French-language version of “Tilted”HERE – has drawn nearly 14 million views and counting.
Christine and the Queens came together in London where the Nantes-born Letissier went after studying art and theatre. The artist – named in honor of Christine’s cross-dressing friends at Soho’s famed Madame Jojo’s drag bar – released a series of three EPS beginning in 2011, each one earning further attention and acclaim for her utterly individual brand of French-language freak-pop. Chaleur Humaine arrived in 2014 and immediately established Christine as a phenomenon, earning 4x platinum certification in just over a year and honors from the iTunes Store France. A US version of the album will arrive later this year.
Critical acclaim has flowed from major media outlets around the globe, including our own The New York Times’ T Magazine, which applauded Christine’s “androgynous style and herky-jerky choreography...is gunning for pop-music stardom that doesn't depend on sex.” NYLON hailed Christine as “ridiculously stylish” while praising her “sophisticated art-pop” Huffington Post decreed Christine And The Queens as “the Next Big Thing at SXSW,” noting her mix of modern pop and killer choreography…all rock star swagger and MJ moves…seduces and slays in equal measure.” “The coolest French import since Brigitte Bardot,” raved Entertainment Weekly. “(Christine’s) electro-tinged pop has a smooth, rich vibe that combines the glitz of the ‘80s with the soul of the future. We can’t get enough.”
In addition, a range of superstar artists has publicly announced their fandom for Christine and the Queens. “I love her music,” avowed Madonna, “she’s cool. I like how she doesn’t seem to care, I love her style. She’s an incredible dancer.” “I think her voice is amazing,” says Mark Ronson. “I can see why she’s killing it. It’s exactly the sort of voice I like, it’s gravelly and has texture. The video is amazing too.” “The song that I really like right now…is called ‘Saint Claude,’” declared Lorde. “It’s got this beautiful music video, it’s really simple, the melodies are transcendent. I love it.”
Christine and the Queens live:
8/4 - New York, NY @ The Box (sold out)
10/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/23 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
10/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
10/25 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount
10/27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/28 - Denver, CO @ Ogden
10/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northop
10/31 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/02 - Toronto, ONT @ Sound Academy
11/03 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11/04 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/09 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/10 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
more dates to be announced
Bikini Kill is the infamously fierce, riot grrrl band featuring feminist punk pioneersKathleen Hanna, Tobi Vail, Billy Karren and Kathi Wilcox. Bikini Kill’s first collection of work, Revolution Girl Style Now, will be released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats for the first time on September 22 via Bikini Kill Records. There will also have a limited edition replica version of the demo cassette available by mail order only.
The Revolution Girl Style Now reissue features three previously unreleased and mostly unheard tracks: “Ocean Song”, “Just Once”, and “Playground”. These songs feature a decidedly more grunge sound than the rest of the Bikini Kill catalog. Fun fact: the tape actually runs out as they’re recording “Playground”.
Political pop-punk band, Worriers, reveal their debut album Imaginary Life, streaming exclusively with NPR First Listen now until release on August 7 via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Laura Jane Grance of Against Me! and recorded/mixed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, Against Me!), the new record reinforces the powerful punk prowess that fans have come to expect.
Imaginary Life solidifies Worriers’ formidable voice, resonating stronger than ever in both sound and message. Driven by percussive guitar & biting lyrics, previous single “Yes All Cops” emphasizes the fact that white silence = white violence, especially in the wake of recent murders by the police.
In support of the new record, Worriers are set for an album release show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on August 7 with support from Adult Mom, Fleabite, and more. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here.