Upcoming Releases

19268 uppermost newmoonep packshot

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.
 


19225 snarky 20puppy christian 20thomas hires

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


19461 ron flieger   press9

Ron Flieger will release his emotion-charged debut EP Feel Your Love, June 12. It features the renowned electronic producer on guitar and vocals. 

Check out the lead single and title track premiering today via CLASH Mag in the UK http://www.clashmusic.com/news/premiere-ron-flieger-feel-your-love

Flieger debut track `All I Want` reached upwards of 40.000 streams in just a few short weeks. Radio stations like FluxFM (Winner Best Radio Station Worldwide 2014) & Sveriges Radio P3 added `All I Want` to their playlists. The Hype Machine blog Tonspion even named Ron `Dr. Beat` after reaching the No.1 top position as most downloaded track. All of this led to a brand-new deal with Universal Music Group in the year 2015. 

Originally signed as a singer-songwriter to Warner Music at 22, Ron has most recently been making a name for himself as a remixer for buzz-worthy acts such as Crystal Fighters, Atlas Genius, The Ting Tings, Foster The People and Ladyhawke. The success of his remixes which found themselves with over 400,000 plays on Soundcloud, multiple Top 10 positions on the Hype Machine charts, features on BBC Radio, Indie Shuffle, Electronic Beats, Red Bull Music, has given Ron a household name as an established remixer and composer in his own right.

 


19402 press 20pic 20  20phase 20one24982

All Signs Point To Yes​ is the first solo release from Tokyo Police Club bandleader Dave Monks. Made up of six songs written after the completion of the band’s most recent album,Forcefield, the EP will be released on Tuesday, June 16 via Dine Alone Records and it will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, May 26. The first single is “Gasoline” which premiered today on Stereogum who described it as “a glimmering little folk-pop gem from one of indie rock’s great young minds.” The song is available to listen to and share on Soundcloud as well as to purchase on iTunes.
 
All Signs Point To Yes was written and completed ​over the latter half of 2013, while Monks was falling in love with a new person and a new place. Inspired by that romantic relationship and a move from Toronto to Brooklyn, Monks sought to hone in on the honesty in his songwriting, stripping away other sounds in order to focus the spotlight on his voice and acoustic guitar. The result is an EP of fully formed, earnest, and insightful songs that serve as both a natural evolution and familiar embrace of Monks’ music.
 
Removing the other instruments also revealed a creative freedom for Monks, inspiring a simplicity and directness to which all songwriters aspire. “As I was writing these songs I just thought, ‘What if this i​s​ the song, what if it just starts with me and I don’t have to add anything else and I can embrace all the things that come most naturally to me?’ There’s definitely less stuff to hide behind. I think I was learning some of that when we were making Forcefield,​to be simple and direct, but it’s not always the best when you have three other guys ready to go. You can really strip it back and do that when there’s just one.” It’s worth noting that this project has been fully cheered on by Monks’ Tokyo bandmates, who helped guide him and, as he says, “keep it real.”
 
Settled in his new place in Bushwick, Monks embraced the collaborative spirit and structure of New York City, adding a new bass player and drummer to the project while sharing songs constantly with his girlfriend and other musician friends. “It’s definitely honest,” he says of his voice on the EP, which he recorded himself in his apartment before handing over to be mixed by Rob Schnapf. “It could be too honest for some people but I’m in a really good spot and wrote a bunch of sweet songs. I appreciate the connection that comes from sharing something that somebody might not have seen, that’s not visible to the naked eye. People do relate to it, and I find that super rewarding; that drives me in a lot of ways. I’m trying to understand what people really want to get out of music.”
 
Despite all its sincerity and intimacy, A​ll Signs Points To Yes s​till manages to avoid being too wistful or overly serious while still giving us a very real look into the life of its singer. It i​s a small record with a big heart, a snapshot of a man in a new time and new place who is learning to expand his reach, all while stripping away the superfluous and concentrating on connecting through trust, humor, and sincerity.
 
All Signs Point To Yes Tracklisting
Vegas
Gasoline
The Rules
Miss You
Heartbeat
Summer


18880 yukonblonde byoliviajaffe.

Yukon Blonde’s new album On Blonde will be released June 16 via Dine Alone Records and is available for pre-order starting today.
 
It’s a more dynamic and more visceral album than our previous records,” explains frontman Jeff Innes. “We were more ambitious writing On Blonde so it’s sort of ironic that in experimenting we created a more accessible record than ever before.” 
 
On Blonde builds on Yukon Blonde’s reputation for seamlessly crafted pop songs with infectious melodies and hooks, all the while experimenting with psychedelic, digital and synthetic sounds.
 
Produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, Sleepy Sun) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Foster the People, Air, Depeche Mode), On Blonde effortlessly finds its place in the contemporary indie pop landscape.
 
Analogue synthesizers, modulating Moog saw tooth leads, and FM soft pads, create an atmosphere akin to city street summer midnight meanderings. Wiry guitars, stabbing or jangly make way for fuzzed out phasing lead tones. This sonic atmosphere permeates through the entirety of the record.
 
The album is an exercise in pop pleasures ranging from spiky guitar-driven tracks (often recorded with a Dinosaur Jr. flare for the dramatic), to Depeche Mode-dark synth songs (“Starvation”), and irrepressible sing-alongs (lead single, “Saturday Night”).
 
“Saturday Night” – which premiered last month via 
Paste – sees a video premiere today via Stereogum. The decadent and camp-laden video bridges punk, disco and glam rock while playing with notions of ego and sexuality in a single-shot format. It’s directed by Mac Boucher (Grimes, Te Shi) and stars drag queen Sapphire.
 
Boucher says “I first saw Sapphire perform at a drag show nearly a year ago, and I knew I had to work with her in some way. She’s animated, glamorous, and is straight up one of the best performers I’ve ever seen. The idea of a drag queen is fascinating, because dissimilar to transgender, the drag queen’s purpose is to perform, provoke, and really, really question what you’re seeing… which is always a good thing in my opinion. Sapphire’s character, ‘Diva’, similar to Tim Curry’s in Rocky Horror, has a commanding presence that literally pulls us through the environment.” 
 
On Blonde is now available for pre-order with instant grat tracks “Saturday Night” and “Como” available as immediate downloads.


News

19119 chui 20wan 20by 20vbai
05/21/2015, Chui Wan Debuts Stunning New Video on NPR
05/21/201505/21/2015, Chui Wan Debuts Stunning New Video on NPR
Announcement
05/21/2015
Announcement
05/21/2015
Beijing-based experimental psychedelic rock band Chui Wan have dropped the stunning new video for 'The Sound of Wilderness', on NPR. The song itself is a journey, emotive and explosive within its diverse range of styles and sounds, but its the accompanying music video that is the focus here. Visually, the work is a masterpiece. MORE» More»

 Beijing-based experimental psychedelic rock band Chui Wan (吹万) have dropped the stunning new video for song 'The Sound of Wilderness', on NPR.
 
The song itself is a journey, emotive and explosive within its diverse range of styles and sounds, but its the accompanying music video that is the focus here. Visually, the work is a masterpiece.
 
Shot over two days in Beijing and Harbin by underground Chinese director Zhang Jinglei(affectionately known to the band as 'Dummy'), the video is inspired by the director's personal experience when hearing the music for the first time. "When I first got this song and listened on the street, its 30 seconds long high frequency prelude just sounds like enlightenment to me. I felt my view was slowly taken over by pure white color," she says. The concept is about enlightenment within wilderness and, set to the epic sound of the Chinese four-piece, Jinglei's mesmerizing visuals and luscious landscapes serve as a representation of the band's hypnotic music.
 
Catch their stretched out melodies and musical intricacies, which help to create a spirited journey that leads to auditory enlightenment.
 
Tour Dates:
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

Announcement
05/21/2015

19466 bbh bridge avalon 20moon
07/17/2015, Album Release, "Psychic Reader ", Afternoon Records
05/21/201507/17/2015, Bad Bad Hats Drop Gritty Garage Single w/ FADER, Debut LP Out 7/17 via Afternoon Records
Release
07/17/2015
Release
07/17/2015
Release Format
Album
Record Label
Afternoon Records
Release Title
Psychic Reader
Psychic Reader is the debut LP from Minneapolis natives Bad Bad Hats, set for releaseJuly 17 via Afternoon Records (Yellow Ostrich, Haley Bonar). The album is comprised of experimental beats, growling guitars, and catchy pop melodies with vocals that are both dreamy and strikingly deep. MORE» More»

Psychic Reader is the debut LP from Minneapolis natives Bad Bad Hats, set for releaseJuly 17 via Afternoon Records (Yellow Ostrich, Haley Bonar). The album is comprised of experimental beats, growling guitars, and catchy pop melodies with vocals that are both dreamy and strikingly deep.
 
Album opener “Midway” is an undeniably infectious track that is broken up by a danceable, energetic pop chorus that tells a story of a relationship’s impending end. The trio effortlessly pivot to a grittier garage feel on “Shame,” which features an irresistible bass line, wailing guitar, and emotive vocals. The album’s namesake, “Psychic Reader,” is an epic cinematic track perfect for a warm summer drive with the windows rolled down. The beach-y “Fight Song” builds to an explosion of echoing howls, driving bass, and anthemic, empowering lyrics.
 
Shame” premiered with FADER and we encourage you to post & share.
 
Bad Bad Hats are Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar, wisdom), Chris Hoge (drums, courage), and Noah Boswell (bass, power). Bolstered by experimental touches from producer Brett Bullion (Poliça, Bon Iver), the indie rock trio take a refreshingly rebellious approach with lyrics that challenge gender conventions. With Psychic Reader, the band has created an artistically honest and widely accessible work.

Release
07/17/2015

19461 ron flieger   press9
06/12/2015, Album Release, "Feel Your Love"
05/20/201506/12/2015, Ron Flieger Announces The “Feel Your Love” EP Out June 12th - New Single Premieres Today via Clash Mag
Release
06/12/2015
Release
06/12/2015
Release Format
Album
Release Title
Feel Your Love
Ron Flieger will release his emotion-charged debut EP Feel Your Love, June 12. It features the renowned electronic producer on guitar and vocals. Check out the lead single and title track premiering today via CLASH Mag. MORE» More»

Ron Flieger will release his emotion-charged debut EP Feel Your Love, June 12. It features the renowned electronic producer on guitar and vocals. 

Check out the lead single and title track premiering today via CLASH Mag in the UK http://www.clashmusic.com/news/premiere-ron-flieger-feel-your-love

Flieger debut track `All I Want` reached upwards of 40.000 streams in just a few short weeks. Radio stations like FluxFM (Winner Best Radio Station Worldwide 2014) & Sveriges Radio P3 added `All I Want` to their playlists. The Hype Machine blog Tonspion even named Ron `Dr. Beat` after reaching the No.1 top position as most downloaded track. All of this led to a brand-new deal with Universal Music Group in the year 2015. 

Originally signed as a singer-songwriter to Warner Music at 22, Ron has most recently been making a name for himself as a remixer for buzz-worthy acts such as Crystal Fighters, Atlas Genius, The Ting Tings, Foster The People and Ladyhawke. The success of his remixes which found themselves with over 400,000 plays on Soundcloud, multiple Top 10 positions on the Hype Machine charts, features on BBC Radio, Indie Shuffle, Electronic Beats, Red Bull Music, has given Ron a household name as an established remixer and composer in his own right.

 

Release
06/12/2015

18694 kopecky 20promo 20photo 20 credit 20shervin 20lainez
05/19/2015, Kopecky Release Album Today + Free MP3
05/19/201505/19/2015, Kopecky Release Album Today + Free MP3
Announcement
05/19/2015
Announcement
05/19/2015
Kopecky’s second full-length album Drug for the Modern Age is out today via ATO Records and it is available for purchase on the band’s official store and iTunes. Kopecky are also excited to release their newest single “Talk to Me” as a free download, which can be accessed here. MORE» More»

Kopecky’s second full-length album Drug for the Modern Age is out today via ATO Records and it is available for purchase on the band’s official store and iTunes. Kopecky are also excited to release their newest single “Talk to Me” as a free download, which can be accessed here. A sampler of the band’s music is also available for free download viaNoiseTrade.
 
Formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band, the Nashville based group has had their music appear on a variety of hit television series including Grey’s AnatomyParenthood,The Vampire DiariesNashville, and MTV’s Awkward to name a few. They’ve also toured all over the world and have played at some of the largest music festivals including Austin City Limits, Bumbershoot, SXSW, and Lollapalooza.
 
Their upcoming release, Drug for the Modern Age, explores such life-altering events as the sudden loss of a loved one, divorce, and struggles with addiction, along with more joyful happenings like new love and marriage. “The album was written in this weird time of so much pain but also happiness, and that really informed the writing and recording,” says vocalist/guitarist Gabe Simon, who co-founded the group with vocalist/keyboardist Kelsey Kopecky in 2007. “Our goal was to talk about all these very serious things we were dealing with, but in a way that felt nothing like wallowing and more like standing triumphantly, or even dancing our way through it.”
 
In achieving that dynamic, Kopecky (whose lineup also includes guitarist Steven Holmes, bassist Corey Oxendine, cellist Markus Midkiff, and drummer David Krohn) offer moments of symphonic grandeur alongside edgy, electronic-leaning innovation. Meanwhile, their daringly intimate lyrics both unsettle and engage, asking questions and encouraging reflection on the part of the listener.
 
As on their 2012 debut Kids Raising Kids, Kopecky teamed up with Konrad Snyder, but this time around the band took a more slowed-down and deliberate approach. This allowed them to bring new level of sophistication and soulfulness to their songcraft.
 
Drug for the Modern Age serves up its share of intricately layered love songs as well, revealing Kopecky’s endless grace in merging sweetness and melancholy. With the band forever bound by their shared passion for purposeful songwriting, all that revelation and sometimes-painful truth-telling ultimately fulfills something central to Kopecky’s mission: a deeper and stronger connection with each person listening.
 
Tour Dates
5/19 at Basement in Nashville, TN
5/22 at Live Oak in Fort Worth, TX
5/25 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA
5/26 at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA
5/29 at Bottlerock Festival in Napa, CA
5/31 at Sainte Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA
6/1 at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ
6/4 at Wakarusa in Ozark, AR
6/5 at Wanderlust Festival in Snowshoe, WV
6/6 at KINK on the Waterfront in Portland, OR
6/12 at MidPoint Music Fest in Cincinnati, OH
6/13 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL
6/16 at Vega in Lincoln, NE
6/18 at Vanguard in Tulsa, OK
6/20 at Turf Club in Minneapolis, MN
6/26 at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
6/27 at WYEP’s Summer Music Festival in Pittsburgh, PA
7/26 at XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ
8/8 at Chateau Morrisette Winery in Floyd, VA
9/18 at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, VA

Announcement
05/19/2015

18632 img 2162
05/19/2015, Kaki King Shows Off New Video with WNYC, Playing Rough Trade NYC, 5/21
05/19/201505/19/2015, Kaki King Shows Off New Video with WNYC, Playing Rough Trade NYC, 5/21
Announcement
05/19/2015
Announcement
05/19/2015
“Surface Changes” is the latest video to emerge from Kaki King’s groundbreaking new work,The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, produced in collaboration with Dawn of Man Productions. This visually striking video, which premiered on WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, perfectly captures King’s dynamic live show. MORE» More»

“Surface Changes” is the latest video to emerge from Kaki King’s groundbreaking new work,The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, produced in collaboration with Dawn of Man Productions. This visually striking video, which premiered on WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, perfectly captures King’s dynamic live show.
 
Using the body of the guitar as an alternative projection screen, image and sound converge to enhance one another and offer the audience a renewed musical experience. King’s emotive composition is highlighted using images that allow listeners to be moved by and with the music. The end result is an incredibly imaginative, provocative, and beautiful presentation by Kaki King.

The renowned guitarist and composer brings the same commanding inspiration to her live show of ‘The Neck is a Bridge to the Body’.  The artist hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself” will be performing at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on May 21 and be sure to check out King’s new video for ‘The Surface Changes’.

Announcement
05/19/2015