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Chui Wan (吹万) is a four-piece experimental psychedelic rock band from Beijing, China. They get their name from Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi's Qi Wu Lun (齐物论), a mystical work on inner sageliness and outer kingliness. Zhuangzi writes: "谓风吹万窍,发出各种音响" - "When the wind blows, every sound may be heard therein."
 
Inspired by this concept of seeking the infinite from the mundane, the core of Chui Wan's sound is formed by the improvisational compositions of multi-instrumentalist Yan Yulongand guitarist Liu Xinyu. Their lush arrangements for guitar, keyboard, viola, other assorted instruments, and random sound samples often eschew reliable melodies and vocal harmonies in favor of occasional passages of minimal drone or maximal sonic layerings. Bassist Wu Qiong and drummer Li Zichao provide a stable ground floor from which the band can continually float away, like a sound half-heard and soon gone on a gust of wind.
 
In 2012, Chui Wan released their debut album, White Night, on Maybe Mars, China’s top indie label. White Night was an instant critical success, and gained Chui Wan recognition and a rabid following throughout the China. Lauded as an “impressive, strikingly original debut” by Time Out Beijing and a “sterling effort” by China’s Global Times,White Night was released on a tour with New York kindred spirits Psychic Ills (Sacred Bones Records), which launched Chui Wan into the national spotlight, placing them on stage in front of packed houses in Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau.
 
Soon after its release, MTV Iggy touted Chui Wan's debut album as a “psychedelic masterpiece” and declared that “the world needs to hear this noise now.” Indeed, foreign interest in the the band started grow. In March 2013, they were invited to perform at Helsinki’s NiuBi Festival, accompanied by shows across Scandinavia and France.
 
When they weren’t performing as Chui Wan, the members kept busy with solo performances and side projects. Chui Wan's core members have always been central members of Beijing's dynamic experimental music scene, leading the band to be named by Time Out Beijing as “the hardest working band in psychedelia.” In 2014, that same publication dubbed frontman Yan Yulong among the “ten Beijingers making a mark in the city” and called him “one of the leading lights of Beijing’s experimental music scene."
 
In October 2014, Chui Wan returned to Scandinavia for a second appearance at Helsinki’s NiuBi Festival — where they played to excited crowds from the pervious year — and added new fans to their base with additional stops in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Talin. Upon returning to cold Beijing, they hunkered down in the studio to record their sophomore, self-titled release with respected Beijing producer Yang Fan. SmartBeijing.com, after an early listening, called Chui Wan "a more lush, dense, musical offering than their 2012 debut."
 
Ahead of the projected album release date of May 1, Chui Wan is gearing up for Spring tours across North America and Asia, and a third Europe in the Fall.  Dates below.
 
Tour Dates:
5/1: Berkeley, CA @ Starry Plough
5/2: Los Angeles, CA @ HM157
5/3: Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar
5/4: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
5/5: Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
5/6: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/9: Austin, TX @ Elevation Ampitheatre (River Stage)
5/10: Tulsa, OK @ The Fur Shop
5/11: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/12: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
5/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's
5/14: Boston, MA @ Club Bohemia
5/15: New York, NY @ Baby's Alright
5/16: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
5/17: Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
5/18: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
5/19: Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Center
5/22: Saskatoon @ Vangelis
5/23: Calgary @ National Music Center
5/24: Edmonton @ Wunderbar
5/26: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (Tame Impala After Party)
5/27: Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
5/28: Portland, OR @ Foggy Notion
5/29: Nevada City, CA @ Cooper's
5/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Nela
5/31: Los Angeles, CA @ Chinatown Human Resources Center
6/1: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
 


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On May 4th, 2015 My Morning Jacket are set to return with their seventh full-length album,The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark the band’s first on Capitol Records. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY®-nominated Circuital, which was ranked among 2011’s best albums by publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste, MOJO, and Uncut.
 
Today, the Louisville quintet reveal the new album’s cover art, full track list, and the lead single, “Big Decisions”, as well as launch a pre-order for the new album via its 
official websiteiTunes and Amazon. Fans who preorder The Waterfall will receive an instant download of "Big Decisions,” which is available for streaming today via VEVOSpotify, and all other digital services.
 
My Morning Jacket also announce an extensive United States tour in support of the new album, which will see them headline Governors Ball and Bonnaroo before embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in mid-May, followed by dates in Europe. Fan club pre-sale will be going live on March 9 and the tickets will be available for general sale on March 13. (See full list of tour dates below). 

My Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced. But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Kosterwere in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, located only about a half hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, combined with the almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities.

“For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it,” explains singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Jim James. “Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you’re up in the sky.”
On the new release there are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves, the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s Z, 2008’s Evil Urges and James’ 2013 solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God is clearly in effect.

The Waterfall sounds like history and decades colliding, like a record made by fervent music fans in search of that tingle up the spine. Inveterate music geeks will hear echoes of vintage rock and pop as MMJ continues to honor its influences without aping any of them;The Waterfall sounds like nothing else but also warmly familiar.

 “That’s kind of the sound of this record, and my life, the sound of the page turning and not being sure what’s coming next,” said James.

 “The freedom we went into this record with took a lot of the pressure off, as far as what to do and how to do it,” Hallahan added. “The mantra was anything goes, no stone unturned, it’ll be done when it’s done.”

The band recorded The Waterfall by teaming up again with producer/engineer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, Neko Case), who also worked with My Morning Jacket on Circuital. In addition to the Stinson Beach sessions, they recorded at Martine’s Portland, OR studio Flora and at Ratterman’s La La Land studio in Louisville.

But in the end, it all circled back to Stinson Beach.

“Out of all the places we’ve recorded, I think that place might have informed the record on a spiritual level more than any other,” adds Koster. “If you listen to ‘Like A River,’ it just sounds like Stinson Beach.”

The Waterfall is the latest in a career-spanning string of success beginning with the band’s 1999 debut album The Tennessee Fire and including 2008's Evil Urges and 2011's Circuitalwhich each received GRAMMY ® nominations - the latter debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
 

The Waterfall - Track Listing
 
Believe (Nobody Knows)
Compound Fracture
Like A River
In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
Get The Point
Spring (Among the Living)
Thin Line
Big Decisions
Tropics (Erase Traces)
Only Memories Remain
 
My Morning Jacket Tour Dates
 
May 15 at Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
May 16 at Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN
May 17 at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
May 23 at Boston Calling Festival in Boston, MA
June 3 at State Theatre in Cleveland, OH w/ Floating Action
June 4 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA w/ Floating Action
June 5 at Governors Ball Music Festival in New York, NY
June 7 at Field Trip Festival in Toronto, ON
June 9 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
June 10 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
June 11 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
June 12-14 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN
June 16 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
June 17 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
June 19 at Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Waverly, IA
June 20 at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI w/ Floating Action
June 23 at Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH w/ Floating Action
June 24 at Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH w/ Floating Action
June 26 at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN w/ Hippo Campus
June 27 at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN w/ Lizzo
July 17-19 at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY
July 21 at nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA w/ Lizzo
July 22 at Artpark Series in Lewiston, NY w/ Lizzo
July 26 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD w/ Jason Isbell
July 28 at Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC w/ Lucius
July 29 at Uptown Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC w/ Lucius
July 31 at Champions Square in New Orleans, LA w/ Lucius
August 1 at Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL w/ Mini Mansions
August 3 at The Fillmore in Miami, FL w/ Mini Mansions
August 4 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL w/ Mini Mansions
August 7 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA w/ Mini Mansions
August 8 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA w/ Mini Mansions
August 10 at BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL w/ Mini Mansions
August 12 at The Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO w/ Hippo Campus
August 13 at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO w/ Hippo Campus
August 14 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO w/ Sylvan Esso
August 28-30 at Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, FR
September 1 at Rivierenhof Amphitheatre in Antwerp, BEL
September 2 at Gloria in Koln, GER
September 4 at Electric Picnic Festival in Dublin, IRE
September 5 at End of the Road Festival in Larmer Tree Gardens, UK
September 6 at The Ritz in Manchester, UK
September 8 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, UK
September 10 at Paradiso in Amsterdam, HOL
September 12 at Take Root Festival in Groningen, HOL
September 13 at Lollapalooza in Berlin, GER

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Downtown Boys debut LP Full Communism is a thrashing record of songs about smashing the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. Released May 5th on Don Giovanni Records, the band will take their ferocious live show on the road with labelmates Screaming Females and make a stop in Austin during SXSW.
 
Full Communism comes at a current critical moment in the struggle for justice being fought in the US and throughout the world. It is set to a commanding tempo programmed make you move regardless of whether singer Victoria Ruiz is singing or shouting. “Wave Of History” opens with the ominous cry of a horn line, deciding this generation has the power to create change, “Break A Few Eggs,” opens with punk-infused guitars and saxophones and only two lines of lyrics that need little interpretation. “Monstro” is a feminist anthem, in your face in the best way with an incredibly infectious sax line.

 
Downtown Boys are a bilingual political sax punk party from Providence, RI. Impossible to categorize and comprised of a formidable voice, two saxophones, guitar, bass and drums, their scathing energy is palpable in every room they take hold of. Shifting from English to Spanish, punk to rock to jazz to pure fun, their record is sure to open eyes, rattle ribs and bring dancefloors to their knees.

National Tour Dates
# = w/ Screaming Females
 
3/9: Durham, NC @ The Pinhook #
3/10: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight #
3/11: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge #
3/12: Orlando, FL @ The Social #
3/13: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic #
3/14: Tallahassee, FL # All Saints Cafe #
3/15: New Orleans, LA # Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa) #
3:16: McAllen, TX @ GALAX Z FAIR IV #
3/17: Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown #
3/18: Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies (She Shreds Magazine Showcase), TBD
3/19: San Antonio, TX @ Nesta
3/20: Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Ad Hoc Daytime Party), 2:30pm
3/20: Austin, TX @ Longbranch Inn (Don Giovanni Showcase). 10:30pm
4/5: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater #

 


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Known for their enigmatic indie-pop meets growling guitar grunge, Philadelphia’s Hop Along return with their sophomore full-length album Painted Shut, slated for release May 5th on Saddle Creek. Following the release of the band’s debut Get Disowned LP,Frances Quinlan has emerged as one of music’s most unique songwriters. Recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, Frances is joined by Mark Quinlan (drums), Tyler Long (bass) and Joe Reinhart (guitar) on Painted Shut. The album + 300 limited edition 180g white and pink haze vinyl are now available for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store.
 
Painted Shut is a record of lush compositions, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and captivating vignettes that tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. It pays homage to post-punk luminaries, while simultaneously driving home a sound that is contemporary, emotive and challenging to define. Frances’ raw, spellbinding vocals cut through distorted guitars and playful percussion on lead single “Waitress”. “Texas Funeral” is a propulsive pop anti-anthem, which builds as the track ascends to its roaring peak. Swelling guitars drive “Powerful Man” and an instantly catchy melody keep listeners hooked.
 
“Waitress” premiered with VICE’s Noisey today - please post and share! 
 
Often depicted on Painted Shut are the two lives of legendary (though generally unknown) musicians Buddy Bolden and Jackson C. Frank, who were plagued with mental illness until their penniless deaths. It touches upon accounts of poverty, abuse, greed; and banal, sub-par behavior. The songs present themselves unencumbered despite the difficult subject matter, at times both jubilant and irreverent. Revered for their electrifying live show, Hop Along will kick off a national tour with The War on Drugs this month – be sure to catch them in a city near you!

 

3/28: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa (w/ The War on Drugs)
3/29: Richmond, VA @ The National (w/ The War on Drugs)
3/31: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/1: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/2: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/3: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/4:  Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/5: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/7: Albequerque, NM @ The Historic El Rey Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/8: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/9: Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/11: Wichita, KS @ Lucky's Everyday
4/12: Champaign, IL @ Mike n Molly's
4/13: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
5/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
5/6: Hamden, CT @ The Space
5/7: Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
5/8: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
5/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
5/13: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
5/15: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
5/16: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/19: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk- Inside
5/22: Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
5/23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
5/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
5/28: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/29: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
5/30: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
6/1: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/2: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
6/3: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/4: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
6/5: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
6/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
6/7: Toronto, ON @ The CAVE at Lee's Palace
 
Track Listing
1. The Knock
2. Buddy in the Parade
3. Horseshoe Crabs
4. Waitress
5. Happy To See Me
6. Texas Funeral
7. Powerful Man
8. I Saw My Twin
9. Well-dressed
10. Sister Cities


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BLKHRTS, a nationally recognized, critically hailed rap crew from Denver just released a preview track from their highly anticipated commercial debut, Dead Drops, set for release on May 5th.  The hype new track, “COATHANGERS”, a hip-hop homage to The Coathangers’ “Hurricane”, is just a taste of the energy and complexity that can be expected from the band’s heart-shaped vinyl double single and digital EP being released via Deathbomb Arc.
 
Drawn to the ferociousness of rock old and new (their song “Bark at Me” samples Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog”), BLKRHTS were drawn to “Hurricane” precisely because it sounds as real is it is raw. “The sheer ferocity and abandon of that song is remarkable,” says Yonnas, the producer in the group. “A lot of people scream that they don't give a fuck while wreaking of effort. The Coathangers really do sound like they don't give a fuck, more so then really anyone I've ever heard on record. That whole song sounds like it's perpetually about to fly off the rails at any moment.”

BLKHRTS, which also includes rappers King F.O.E. and Karma, are a force of nature. Their live shows have been likened to a hurricane slamming into a shoreline at a thousand miles an hour, or an avalanche triggered by barbaric yawp. “There’s a grand and emotive romanticism and fatalism to our sound, but we layer it over hard beats,” explains Yonnas. “It’s that dichotomy of being the most hard and soft thing in the room.”
 
Catch them live:
5/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
5/30 - Athens, GA @ ATHICA


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05/25/2015, EP Release, "New Moon EP", Uppwind
04/27/201505/25/2015, UPPERMOST "New Moon" EP Out 5/25, Premieres "Angels" (Lemaitre Remix) Today via Black Book
Release
05/25/2015
Release
05/25/2015
Release Format
EP
Record Label
Uppwind
Release Title
New Moon EP
French Touch heir apparent UPPERMOST will release his latest EP “New Moon” via his UPPWIND imprint May 25th. Fans can pre-order the EP today and receive a remix of “Angels” by Norwegian electronic duo Lemaitre as a giveaway bonus track with EP. MORE» More»

French Touch heir apparent UPPERMOST will release his latest EP “New Moon” via his UPPWIND imprint May 25th. Fans can pre-order the EP today and receive a remix of “Angels” by Norwegian electronic duo Lemaitre as a giveaway bonus track with EP.
 
Black Book praised the forthcoming “New Moon” EP as “intoxicating dance” before highlighting the remix as “a euphoric anthem reminiscent of Daft Punk in its symphonic prowess.” 
 
The New Moon EP features six new tracks including a dazzling collaboration with UK artist Jacob Banks on the upcoming standout single “Blame It On Love”. The track is a warm and stunning production blending electronic music, hip-hop and soul and represents the cross-genre production style that makes Uppermost so unique.  The new EP is the first new release from Uppermost since April 2014.
 
The classification-defying French electronic artist Uppermost (aka Behdad Nejatbakhshe) broke out into the scene in 2011 with his debut album Action and has since built a global cult following with his emotion-infused electro-house.
 
The production phenom has remained relatively under the radar with US media all while building an audience more than 70,000 strong on Facebook alone, ranking up more than 7-million combined YouTube views on past hits “Flashback” and “Beautiful Light +(+2 million more on Spotify), and selling more than 50,000 singles since 2013 on his own label UPPWIND. His underground status is set to change with the release of the brand new 6-track EP New Moon out May 25th.
 

Release
05/25/2015

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04/23/2015, Lauren Hoffman is now The Secret Storm + Opening for Cracker & Free MP3
04/23/201504/23/2015, Lauren Hoffman is now The Secret Storm + Opening for Cracker & Free MP3
Announcement
04/23/2015
Announcement
04/23/2015
After 6 years Virginia’s Lauren Hoffman returns to music and touring in her native state as her new musical nom de plume The Secret Storm. First signed to Virgin Records back in 1997, Hoffman has gone on to release 4 full-length albums of knotty indie-pop before deciding to shift gears and redefine herself as The Secret Storm. MORE» More»

After 6 years Virginia’s own Lauren Hoffman returns to music and touring in her native state as her new musical nom de plume The Secret Storm.  First signed to Virgin Records back in 1997, Hoffman has gone on to release four full-length albums of knotty indie-pop before deciding to shift gears entirely and ultimately redefine herself as The Secret Storm. Recorded at Sound of Music studios with longtime co-producer John Morand, the new songs bear a kinship to Hoffman’s atmospheric 2006 effort, Choreography.
  
At first listen, The Secret Storm seems to contain multitudes. The music itself seesaws between airtight pop melodies and a kind of brooding Americana—a landscape where winsome string sections and plaintive piano chords move easily alongside narratives about doomed romance and obsessive, occasionally all-encompassing, love. The music is both honest, sexy and, at various turns, both deeply intimate and amazingly huge-sounding. Lauren Hoffman—the singer, songwriter, and general force of nature behind The Secret Storm—has lived many musical lives. Her new musical venture marks a sharp left turn in what has already been a remarkable career defined by several unusual twists and turns.

The Secret Storm will be an ongoing project in which songs are rolled out in small batches, each accompanied by their own specific visuals. With her new project, Lauren seems to have found the freedom to write and record of her own volition, to celebrate her own wily set of influences “I probably have more in common with goths than other singer/songwriters,” she says, “My favorite band is The Cure.” For Hoffman, The Secret Storm represents a full-circle creative moment. By creating a project outside of her own name, she has created the kind of musical vehicle capable of channeling and containing all of her influences: from gloomy post-punk to buzzing grunge era alt-rock to quiet, acoustic-driven folk.
 
5/8: Richmond, VA @ Broadberry (with Cracker)
 

Announcement
04/23/2015

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04/23/2015, Snow Angel Drops New Video For "So Sick So Cool" (Produced by Boots Riley) + SF Show!
04/23/201504/23/2015, Snow Angel Drops New Video For "So Sick So Cool" (Produced by Boots Riley) + SF Show!
Announcement
04/23/2015
Announcement
04/23/2015
The psych-pop girls of Snow Angel release their debut 7” So Sick So Cool, and to celebrate, they’ve dropped their video for “So Sick So Cool” on Bitch Magazine. Doused with hard-hitting drums, recorders, guitar, keys and electric sitar turned all the way up to 11, they will rock the emotional dust off your musical shelf. MORE» More»

The psych-pop girls of Snow Angel release their debut 7” So Sick So Cool, and to celebrate, they’ve dropped their video for “So Sick So Cool” on Bitch Magazine. Doused with hard-hitting drums, recorders, omnichord, guitar, keys and electric sitar turned all the way up to 11, they will rock the emotional dust off your musical shelf.
 
"So Sick So Cool" is a rainbow, patty cake, cheer party of awesome-ness. The video was directed by Kung Fu comedy action genius, Pete Lee. The cinematography was done by or Mark Kohr, who is best known for his directing work with Green Day, Primus and Alanis Morrisette.
 
Snow Angel’s creative force, Gabby La La, made a major splash with her Les Claypool produced solo album, "Be Careful What You Wish For". Touring internationally as a member of Claypool’s band, Gabby became known for her virtuosity on the sitar and penetrating stage presence. She created her second album, "I Know You Know I Know" using a Nintendo DS Lite overdubbed with sitar, ukulele, and theremin.
 
"So Sick So Cool" is the first release from Snow Angel.  The track features the drumming of Ian Vanek from Brooklyn art-punk duo Japanther, and is co-produced by Boots Riley of The Coup. Tied together with an addictive dose of electric sitar, recorders, and girl power, this double A-side single is sure to put Snow Angel on the musical map.
 
“So Sick So Cool” video premiered with Bitch and we encourage you to post and share!
 
A twelve year veteran of the Ali Akbar College of Music, Gabby La La graduated from Cal Arts, and was one of the founding members of Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra. Since then she has collaborated with Les Claypool, Bob Weir, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, The Coup, Grace Potter, Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul and P-Funk, among many others. Snow Angel is the newest adventure on her journey.
 

Announcement
04/23/2015

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05/05/2015, Album Release, "Dead Drops"
04/23/201505/05/2015, BLKHRTS Drops The Coathangers-inspired "COATHANGERS" + New Single
Release
05/05/2015
Release
05/05/2015
Release Format
Album
Release Title
Dead Drops
BLKHRTS, a nationally recognized, critically hailed rap crew from Denver just released a preview track from their highly anticipated commercial debut, Dead Drops, set for release on May 5th. The hype new track, “COATHANGERS”, a hip-hop homage to The Coathangers’ “Hurricane." MORE» More»

BLKHRTS, a nationally recognized, critically hailed rap crew from Denver just released a preview track from their highly anticipated commercial debut, Dead Drops, set for release on May 5th.  The hype new track, “COATHANGERS”, a hip-hop homage to The Coathangers’ “Hurricane”, is just a taste of the energy and complexity that can be expected from the band’s heart-shaped vinyl double single and digital EP being released via Deathbomb Arc.
 
Drawn to the ferociousness of rock old and new (their song “Bark at Me” samples Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog”), BLKRHTS were drawn to “Hurricane” precisely because it sounds as real is it is raw. “The sheer ferocity and abandon of that song is remarkable,” says Yonnas, the producer in the group. “A lot of people scream that they don't give a fuck while wreaking of effort. The Coathangers really do sound like they don't give a fuck, more so then really anyone I've ever heard on record. That whole song sounds like it's perpetually about to fly off the rails at any moment.”

BLKHRTS, which also includes rappers King F.O.E. and Karma, are a force of nature. Their live shows have been likened to a hurricane slamming into a shoreline at a thousand miles an hour, or an avalanche triggered by barbaric yawp. “There’s a grand and emotive romanticism and fatalism to our sound, but we layer it over hard beats,” explains Yonnas. “It’s that dichotomy of being the most hard and soft thing in the room.”
 
Catch them live:
5/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
5/30 - Athens, GA @ ATHICA

Release
05/05/2015

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05/26/2015, Album Release, "Sylva", Impulse!/Universal Music Classics
04/23/201505/26/2015, GRAMMY Winning Snarky Puppy 'Sylva' w. Metropole Orkest Out May 26 via Impulse!/Universal Music Classics
Release
05/26/2015
Release
05/26/2015
Release Format
Album
Record Label
Impulse!/Universal Music Classics
Release Title
Sylva
Snarky Puppy is the instrumental collective led by bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas, Snarky Puppy’s 11-year “do-it-yourself” career is wildly impressive. Impulse!/Universal Music Classics are proud to partner with the band on their first major label release, Sylva, coming May 26. MORE» More»

Snarky Puppy is the inventive instrumental collective led by bassistcomposer andproducer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, Snarky Puppy’s 11-year “do-it-yourself” career is wildly impressive and admirable. The band scored a Grammy Award in 2014 for Best R&B Performance, and their last album We Like It Here debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz chart where it continues to linger a year after its release. Impulse!/Universal Music Classics are proud to partner with the band on their first major label release, Sylva, coming May 26. The ambitious album is a creative departure for the band, who have collaborated with the acclaimed Metropole Orkest (Elvis Costello, Tori Amos and John Scofield) from Holland, and was recorded live in its entirety. As an added bonus for fans, the album will be physically bundled with a DVD that features performances of all six songs with the Metropole Orkest in Dordrecht, Holland, as well as a 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.
 
Snarky Puppy has been driving their own home-grown, creative endeavors through independent releases, a tireless touring schedule and an army of impressive musicians devoted to authentic and passionate music-making. The band will tour on the heels of their album release in the U.S. (see schedule below) with exclusive scheduled concerts to perform Sylva live in Rotterdam on April 30 and May 1, and in Paris on May 7 with the Metropole Orkest. They are also doing a handful of special screenings of the concert film, including one in Denton this evening.

 

Sylva marks a different direction from previous Snarky Puppy projects in that it is the band’s first recording with a symphony orchestra, as well as the fact that the music was crafted specifically for the 63-piece ensemble from the beginning of the composition process. Metropole Orkest joins Snarky Puppy for this dreamlike cinema-concept-album dedicated to the forest.
 
Each of the six movements of this suite is about a different forest that League has encountered, from the mountain woods of Portugal to the towering Redwoods, to the gothic fairytale forests of children’s dreams. In keeping with this ‘organic’ theme, Snarky Puppy decided to record this project in front of a live audience over two nights in the Netherlands. In a room transformed into a forest landscape made of metal and wood sculpted by Dutch craftsmen, a 300-person audience sat scattered amongst the musicians, listening to Sylvathrough headphones. This incredible scenery was reflected in the cover art for Sylva, which is the creation of Miraphora Mina and Minalima Design, the graphic artist known for her work on the "Harry Potter" films. Her work beautifully compliments the layers and textures found in Sylva.  
 
Besides performing in a traditional setting, Snarky Puppy is committed to music education, fitting in clinics with students in-between nearly 200 concerts per year worldwide. The band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. The musicians perform on a variety of instruments including guitarspianos,keyboardswoodwindsbrasspercussion and strings. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas in Denton, who have one of the finest music programs in the nation.
 
U.S. Tour Dates
 
4/23: Denton, TX @ Movie Tavern (Denton Center) *Screening*
4/24: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
4/25: Durham, NC @ Art of Cool Festival in Pinhook
4/26: Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre
5/22: Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Jazz Festival
5/26: Denver, CO @ The Alamo Draft House And Theater *Screening*
6/10 – 6/13: San Francisco, CA @ SFJazz
6/14: Los Angeles, CA  @ Playboy Jazz Festival
6/15: Washington, DC @ DC Jazz Fest at The Hamilton
6/16: Washington, DC @ DC Jazz Fest at The Hamilton
6/17: Roanoke, VA  @ Jefferson Center
6/18: Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
6/19: Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers at the Brown’s Island
6/20: Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts
6/21: Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival
6/22: Victoria, BC @ Victoria Jazz Festival
6/23: Chicago, IL @ City Winery
6/24: Chicago, IL @ City Winery
6/25: Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park Music Series in Millennium Park
6/28: Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Jazz Fest
7/31: Newport, RI @ Newport Jazz Festival
8/1: New York, NY @ Watermark
9/18: Evergreen, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/20: Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall (UCLA)
11/20: Cheney, WA @ Eastern Washington University Jazz Dialogue Festival

Release
05/26/2015