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Known for their indie rock scuzz-meets-growling guitar grunge, California X has announced their highly anticipated sophomore album Nights in the Dark. The follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut, the new album will be released January 13, 2015 via Don Giovanni Records. Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz) once again helms the engineering deck, ensuring the new record retains all the distorted overdrive of the band’s characteristic fuzzed out, hard guitar-driven sound.

Drawing on influences from 70s rock to 90s alternative, Nights in the Dark not only stimulates the senses but it allowed the quartet to delve deeper into more conceptual work, the contrast between light and dark, contentment and longing. Title track “Nights In The Dark” bursts the record open with power pop hooks and euphoric guitar. “Nights in the Dark” premiered with VICE’s Noisey and is available HERE to post and share!

Heavy on distorted guitar hooks and rhythms, Nights in the Dark finds the quartet exploring both mood and texture.  “Red Planet” is a slow burning jam, gradually introducing percussion rolling into a wailing guitar peak, eventually leaving the embers burning out. The gravitated jam that opens “Blackrazor (pt. 1)” builds to addictive vocal harmonies and then to the manic power of “Blackrazor (pt. 2)”, followed by the gentle tapping build of instrumental cut “Garlic Road,” punctuated by spare piano chords.

Formed by friends Lemmy Gurtowsky and Dan Jones upon relocating to Amherst, MA, California X have crafted a more mature sophomore record, that find solace in a heavy, lush and melodic home with the addition of Zach Brower on guitar and Cole Lanier on drums. An introspective vision is confronted as the band maneuvers, seamlessly as ever, from fuzzy power chords to conceptual ballads.


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Butch Walker has announced his highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, out February 3 via Dangerbird Records. With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker's new LP shows both skill and tenderness. The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in LA along with friends & special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.

The album opens with title track “Afraid of Ghosts” which finds Walker attempting to come to terms with his demons over spare acoustic guitar notes and accordion chords, while the gentle doo-wop of “How Are Things Love” brings both the artist and the listener back in time. “Bed On Fire” takes things back up a notch as haunting strings and electric guitar build to a chill-inducing distorted crescendo.

First album single “Chrissie Hynde” wistfully recounts the legendary Pretenders frontwoman’s voice coming through the speakers, over a combination of acoustic and electric guitar, piano and a solitary drumbeat, captivating as always with Walker’s effortlessly unique vocals. The track is available to post and share HERE, and on iTunes as an instant-grat MP3 w/ Afraid Of Ghosts pre-order now!

Throughout his career, Butch Walker has always inspired with his infectious yet never over-bearing sense of melody. He joins his friend Ryan Adams on the road this fall for a nationwide tour. Together he & Adams will be one thing: undeniable.


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On the cusp of celebrating 10 years as a band, Screaming Females announces Rose Mountain, the New Jersey DIY-punk trio’s sixth LP due February 24 on Don Giovanni Records. The band self-produced their previous releases (with Steve Albini engineering their 2012 LP Ugly and the 2014 concert album Live at the Hideout) but overturned the long-standing, self-imposed rule this time by bringing in Matt Bayles (Mastodon, the Sword) as a producer. Setting out with a vision so clear that it almost became a studio mantra, the resulting songs are concise, crisp and melodic, in essence creating at once their most complex and accessible record to date.

Upon listening to the blazing guitar and ecstatic percussion on Rose Mountain, the word “restraint” may not initially come to mind. And while melody has always been a central part of the band’s music, the musicians have often layered them into massive thickets of interlocking sound on previous albums. However, on Rose Mountain the band was ready to try something more streamlined with Paternoster’s vocal melodies and lyrical themes being pushed into the forefront, while never skimping on the raw intensity they have become known for.

Taut album opener “Empty Head” leads with a powerful guitar line that will leave fans enraptured on contact. Lovesick ballad “Hopeless” builds to a lush emotive climax while album closer “Criminal Image” takes on a more powerful stance with ecstatic guitar-driven peaks broken up by moments of melancholy. The infectious bass line and powerful arpeggiated guitar line set the stage for sweetly growling vocals on “Ripe”. "Ripe" was revealed with Pitchfork today and is available to post and share HERE.

Formed in 2005, Screaming Females is singer/guitarist Marisa Paternoster, bassist Michael Abbate and drummer Jarrett Dougherty. The band has performed alongside Dinosaur Jr., The Julie Ruin, Titus Andronicus + more and just wrapped up a national tour with PUJOL. Stay tuned for more info and opportunities to experience the band’s ferocity live on stage.


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12/19/2014, Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism Launches Pop-Up Record Shop Targeting Vinyl Collectors and Serious Music Fans
12/19/201412/19/2014, Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism Launches Pop-Up Record Shop Targeting Vinyl Collectors and Serious Music Fans
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12/19/2014
Dave Sitek’s FEDERAL PRISM is pleased to announce the launch today of a unique pop-up record store designed to serve music collectors and serious music fans. The store features exclusive and limited edition vinyl, downloads, apparel and creative works from a wide variety of artists and genres. MORE» More»
Dave Sitek’s FEDERAL PRISM is pleased to announce the launch today of a unique pop-up record store designed to serve music collectors and serious music fans. The store features exclusive and limited edition vinyl, downloads, apparel and creative works from a wide variety of artists and genres, including TV on the Radio, Oh Land ft. Sia, Thelonius Monk, The Germs, Johnny Cash, Chuck Inglish, Sly & The Family Stone, Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag), Mike Watt, The Julie Ruin, Chance the Rapper, and much more.

Sitek explains, “Somewhere along the line music became ‘content.’ It’s my full intention to bring it back to music again! With such potency, music should be treated with care. The sound, the feel, the presentation… everything! It is a medicine. It is a teacher!”

Feeding a growing appetite for vinyl and “specialty products” among passionate music fans, Federal Prism has partnered with Girlie Action, Acme Creative Group and Pledge Music to create a unique pop up Record Shop with an exciting mix of exclusive and limited addition titles. The store will operate for 60 days starting today.
 
Federal Prism’s managing partner, Jeff Bowers, discusses how the idea was conceived. “We are at a moment in music when some of the most well received artists and releases in recent memory have little to nothing in the retail space. It is my hope that we can take the lessons of Record Store Day and the resurgent popularity of vinyl, and pull these consumer models together and make a compelling experience for the fan. I am asking talented kids, the next generation, who have never sold anything in a record store to make something unique that interests them and their fan base, and we are placing that next to traditional music configurations by established artists. That doesn’t happen anywhere with any consistency. It doesn’t happen at iTunes and it certainly doesn’t happen at Best Buy.“
Promising a steady flow of new titles popping up over the next two months, Sitek launches with dozens of titles including:
  • A limited edition pressing of Thelonius Monk's penultimate studio album,Underground, on 180 gram color vinyl
  • The Germs’ 3-song 7" EP, Lexicon Devil, originally released via mail-order by Slash Records in 1978, and limited to just 1,500 units on 7" red vinyl
  • Chuck Inglish's full-length, The Convertibles, on a 4-disc 7" vinyl set originally released earlier this year, and which landed the album at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and caused it to jumped from #53 to #24 on the Billboard Hip Hop Albums chart the week it was released. 
Bowers, who started DIY label Soul Force Records in his native Tempe, AZ at the age of 15, worked for a decade as a creative marketing consultant for Warner Bros. Records and Atlantic, where he worked on classic vinyl reissues by Led ZeppelinMetallica and Neil Young, as well as Nirvana and Sonic Youth and more contemporary Record Store Day releases by SkrillexFun.Portugal. The Man and Grouplove. While at Warner between 2007-2014, Bowers helped the label secure the number one marketshare in the vinyl format, moving from mid-six figures when he started to eight figures by the time he left as well as founding three record labels signed to the group.
 
He is also credited by the people responsible for “Record Store Day” for taking the annual event to a whole new level. “Without Jeff Bower’s enthusiasm and passion for music in general, and vinyl in specific, we would not have been able to launch Record Store Day,” RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz has said. “In doing so, Jeff helped the indie record store community take vinyl sales from a few thousand dollars the first year to millions by the seventh year.”
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12/19/2014, Cut Copy presents: 'Oceans Apart' + Documentary Film Out Now, New Year's Eve in San Francisco!
12/19/201412/19/2014, Cut Copy presents: 'Oceans Apart' + Documentary Film Out Now, New Year's Eve in San Francisco!
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With accolades ranging from FADER to Resident Advisor and beyond, global Melbourne ambassadors Cut Copy recently released Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart via the band’s own dance imprint, Cutters Records. A 19-track snapshot of new & exclusive music from their hometown’s thriving underground dance music scene & club culture. MORE» More»

With accolades ranging from FADER to Resident Advisor and beyond, global Melbourne ambassadors Cut Copy recently released Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart via the band’s own dance imprint, Cutters Records. A 19-track continuous DJ-mixed snapshot of new & exclusive music from their hometown’s thriving underground dance music scene & club culture, Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart was mixed by the band themselves and is also available as two vinyl EPs of compilation highlights.
 
Both a local scene document, which is increasingly rare in this global age, and a bumping 80-minute non-stop dance party, Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart is the product of the band’s observations of its hometown, where it became undeniably apparent that this fertile community was mushrooming. It threads together a cross-section of the different party crews, label rosters & ambitious lone rangers that have been catalysts in making Melbourne vibrant & happening week in, week out- all in the format of a continuous dance mix, which is what the music was made for.
 
Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart is streaming in full HERE and the band released a 12-minute documentary directed by Thomas Pollard, serving as a visual supplement to the compilation.
 

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12/18/2014, Joe Pug to Release Album 3/10; Listen & Share New Track + US Tour
12/18/201412/18/2014, Joe Pug to Release Album 3/10; Listen & Share New Track + US Tour
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Austin-based Joe Pug returns with Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that is poised to cement his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters. After hundreds of shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY to record his third LP. MORE» More»

Austin-based Joe Pug returns with Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that is poised to cement his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters. After hundreds of shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY to record his third LP.
 
The first single from the forthcoming release is the album-closing stunner, “If Still It Can’t Be Found” which features Pat Sansone of Wilco guesting on Mellotron and premiered onRolling Stone Country. “I've known Joe for a couple of years now and have been able to see his powerful live show several times,” says Sansone. “Joe has the uncanny ability to write a song that feels like it's been there always...and "If Still It Can't Be Found" is one of those.  I was really honored when he asked me to contribute to the recording of this truly beautiful and deeply soulful song.”
 
The agenda on Windfall was much simpler than previous albums. "The aim on this one was very straightforward.  We wanted to capture the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that's what I love about music, and that's what I love about making music. I wanted to record these songs the way they were written and put them out in the world."  

The result is a collection of songs that are as close as we've gotten to a road map to Pug's ambitions. He has collected plenty of the requisite Dylan comparisons over his young career but on this record it's easier to hear the sway of more contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.
 
The theme of resilience plays a central role throughout Windfall.  The weary protagonist in "Veteran Fighter" wills his way further down the highway despite the gloom that seems certain to overtake him.  "The Measure", a song inspired in part by Frederic Buechner's novel Godric, marvels at  "every inch of anguish, laid out side by side" but ultimately finds that "All we've lost is nothing to what we've found."

"I never really write songs with a specific narrative in mind," Pug explains. "When you're sort of pushing through a dark period of your life it's probably inevitable that some of that is going to find its way onto the page.  But in the same way, by the time we were in the studio the process had become very effortless and joyful. And hopefully you can hear a lot of that on the record as well."
 
The duality of the record is on show in this new single and the rest of the songs from the forthcoming release promise to be just as moving. Windfall will be released on March 10, 2015 on Lightning Rod Records in the United States and Loose Music in Europe.
 
In the meantime, be sure to catch Joe Pug on tour this winter and spring.

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12/18/2014

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12/18/2014, The Julie Ruin Drop Limited Edition 7" Track, Kathleen Hanna Stars in Short Film Premiering at Sundance + Bikini Kill Zine Issue On View at MoMa
12/18/201412/18/2014, The Julie Ruin Drop Limited Edition 7" Track, Kathleen Hanna Stars in Short Film Premiering at Sundance + Bikini Kill Zine Issue On View at MoMa
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Today, The Julie Ruin releases a limited edition 7" single "Blueberry Island" via Federal Prism Pop-Up Store. Additionally, The Julie Ruin front woman and legendary Riot Grrrl pioneer, Kathleen Hanna stars in a short film entitled "Myrna The Monster" which is set to premiere at Sundance. MORE» More»

In 1997 legendary Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna released a solo album under the name‚ “Julie Ruin” with the intention of forming a band to perform the songs live. In 2010 she built her dream team who quickly learned the songs and then recorded their own debut album titled Run Fast. Fans rejoiced as the band dominated stages around the world from NYC to Australia in support of Run Fast. Following Kathleen’s collaboration on Mykki Blanco presents Gay Dog Food this fall, they can celebrate once again with the news that The Julie Ruin is back in the studio working on new material.
 
The band has released the song “Blueberry Island”, a track featured on the forthcoming digital release of the soundtrack for the IFC bio pic about Kathleen called The Punk Singer. It will also be made available as a limited edition 7” single featuring the “Right Home” (YACHT Remix) b-side via the Federal Prism Pop Up Store.
 
A celebrated, outspoken figure at the forefront of feminist punk, Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre generously donated her zines collection to the Fales Library Riot Grrrl Collection and the Museum Of Modern Art. An issue of Kathleen’s Bikini Kill zines is currently on view in the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, in the 3rd floor Philip Johnson Architecture and Design galleries at MoMA. The exhibition is on view from November 15, 2014 - November 1 of 2015.
 
Kathleen also stars in a short film titled Myrna The Monster, playing the voice of Myrna, a heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles just like any other 20-something. Written and directed by Ian Samuels and made with love by MTV(Other) the film will premiere at Sundance. Watch the trailer for Myrna The Monster HERE.
 
The Julie Ruin is Kathleen Hanna on vocals (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre)Kathi Wilcox on bass (Bikini Kill, Frumpies, Casual Dots), Kenny Mellman on keys (Kiki and Herb),Carmine Covelli on drums (Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments) & Sara Landeau on guitar (The Slips, The Chickletts). Head over to The Julie Ruin web store for records, tote bags and a new limited edition t-shirt made in collaboration with Seth Bogart from Wacky Wacko.

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12/18/2014, WRAY Share New Video for “Bad Heart”
12/18/201412/18/2014, WRAY Share New Video for “Bad Heart”
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Birmingham, Alabama’s WRAY - David Brown, Blake Wimberly and David Swatzell - have shared their brand new video for “Bad Heart." MORE» More»

Birmingham, Alabama’s WRAY - David Brown, Blake Wimberly and David Swatzell - have shared their brand new video for “Bad Heart”. Taken from the band’s self-titled debut, (released in the UK on 26th January 2015 via Communicating Vessels) and directed by Justin Gaar, this, as Clash Music put it in their video premiere “is a music scorched by the sun… rhythmic gyrations soaring out towards the horizon.”
 
Watch and Share Bad Heart
 
Recording their debut in their hometown at Ol Elgante Studio alongside mastermind engineer, Daniel Farris (Man Or Astro-man?, St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, Verbena), Wray have managed to capture the atmospheric beauty of their collective that comes with every live show they play.
 
This is not music for a passive audience. This three piece demands your attention. Wray isn’t afraid to revel in repetition, churning confident, seamless grooves firmly in the tradition of NEU!, Faust, or Can. Their shimmering, headphone-ready tones owe much to Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and even The Cure, but without the crippling self-absorption of chillwave, dreampop, or whatever all the sad bastards are listening to this week.

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