Harvard of the South announce its debut EP Miracle for release April 7 via Slo Lab Records with a series of tour dates slated to begin April 8th (dates below). Today the group – made up of members of Longwave and Blue October – also reveals the lead track from the EP “All Our Ashes” via Yahoo Music.
Comprised of Longwave vocalist/guitarist Steve Schlitz and three members of Blue October – brothers Jeremy and Justin Furstenfeld and bassist Matt Noveskey – Harvard of the South traces its beginnings to 2009 when the two groups toured together and is now kicking into high gear. The quartet features Steve and Justin taking the lead as dual vocalists, with Steve and Jeremy as the band’s creative driving force.
“Harvard of the South was originally conceived to be a fun project amid the other things we were doing,”explains Steve on the band’s origin. “When we finished the recordings, I was pretty surprised at how closely it turned out to that idea! It sounds like we're enjoying ourselves.”
“I completely agree w Steve here,” adds Jeremy. “One thing that completely sets Harvard of the South and Blue apart, to me, is spontaneity. The whole way we went about writing, and recording these songs, was different. There was never intention to release these, originally. There was no pressure that came along w an existing band. Will you out do your last record, will you make the label, or radio happy? None of that pressure was there. We just wanted to make ourselves happy and play music that inspired us.”
The band recorded, edited and produced the Miracle EP entirely on its own at Jeremy’s home studio. A full-length album is also in the works.
Canadian indie rockers Mother Mother have signed to Def Jam Recordings in the states and will release the new album Very Good Bad Thing April 7th.
Following a massively successful album launch at home in Canada (which sees the band/album nominated for three 2015 Junos including Group Of The Year, and resulted in the band becoming one of the most played acts on Canadian alternative radio), Mother Mother’s latest studio effort is an edgy, synth-heavy, club-driven alt record filled with massive hooks and undeniable energy.
The follow-up to 2012’s Juno-nominated album The Sticks, Very Good Bad Thing sees Mother Mother expanding its sonic palate to integrate electronic and rock elements while delving deep into the complexities of the human condition in all its tragic, conflicting nature.
Behind the gauzy male-female vocal harmonies, angular guitar lines and infectious rhythms lies something deeper and darker, as is the band’s trademark.
“It’s the person, the humanoid…that’s the very good bad thing,” explains vocalist/guitarist Ryan Guldemond.
Recorded with Juno-winning producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace) at his Noble Street studio in Toronto, Very Good Bad Thing is the next logical step in Mother Mother’s sonic evolution.
Check out the delightfully macabre video for lead single “Monkey Tree” here and get ready for Mother Mother to bring its show stateside with confirmed festival appearances including Sasquatch, Bottle Rocket, and Firefly and additional US headline dates TBA.
NYC-based songwriter extraordinaire Mitski has just announced that she will re-release her breakout record Bury Me At Make Out Creek, April 7th via Don Giovanni Records. This release will mark her joining of the Don Giovanni family and includes special unreleased tracks. In celebration, fans will have new chances to experience Mitski’s raw, soul-shaking live show as she tours with Hundred Waters this month and joinsScreaming Females and Speedy Ortiz on the road later this spring. With vivid lyrical imagery, buzzed out guitars and evocative vocals, Mitski has created a unique sound built upon her academic musical background, and as she makes the shift from concert hall to DIY venue her new relationship with the storied label will certainly continue to propel the transition.
The already critically-acclaimed Bury Me At Make Out Creek opens with “Texas Reznikoff,” a track that starts with soft and sparse acoustic chord progression, which subsequently erupts into a barrage of rib-rattling distortion. “First Love / Last Spring”showcases Mitski’s tremulous vocals and melodic-chops supported by a lone baseline before swelling into the sounds of an arpeggiated synthesizer and swelling organ. Meanwhile, standout track “Townie” brings to light the singer-songwriter’s dark sense of humor combined with a head-bopping blowout guitar riff. Today, Mitski unveils the animated video companion to “Townie”, which truly illuminates the song’s meaning.
While attending SUNY Purchase and studying music composition, Mitski released two records inspired by orchestral energy and expansive in their own right. The brilliant writer came into her own with 2014’s Bury Me At Make Out Creek, immersed in fuzzy guitars, pounding drums, and poetically poignant lyrics, and created a sound all her own. Be sure to catch her live on tour and at SXSW this spring!
Surfer Blood are back with a new album and new label: 1000 Palms out May 12, 2015 on Joyful Noise.
The band’s third full-length and first release with the acclaimed indie imprint, 1000 Palmsmarks a return to the band’s DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third album. Free of major-label-influence, Surfer Blood has delivered a uniquely compelling album, unlike anything in their catalog.
Earlier this week the band treated fans to a preview of the album’s opening track Grand Inquisitor.
Today Surfer Blood reveals a second – and seminal – track from the record Dorian.
Frontman John Paul Pitts describes Dorian as the album’s central point, saying “This song has everything from classic 80's synth patches to fucked-up vocoder sound collages, embracing a series of left-turns that make it one of the most unique songs in our catalogue.It makes use of almost every sonic element we had available, and embraces the anything goes spirit this record represents.”
The story of 1000 Palms began on January 1st 2014, after playing a New Year’s show in Portland, OR, the band decided to stick around for the rest of the month, renting a practice space and sorting through a backlog of ideas. By February, as their lease ran out, Surfer Blood had recorded demos for most of the tracks that now feature on their third LP.
After a frustrating time at previous home Warner Brothers, the quartet were beyond ready to return to a more DIY recording process, completely void of the middlemen scrutinizing every bar of previous LP Pythons. With the band self-recording, it was in the glamourous setting of an attic studio above a doctor’s office where drums were committed to tape. Of the work, frontman John Paul Pitts states “fortunately none of us are strangers to DIY recording, so it was a challenge well-suited to our band”.
The making of 1000 Palms also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwartz’s parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favors, the band had managed to craft everything you now hear on the upcoming record.
One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she released her first solo album Little Earthquakes over 2 decades ago. Eschewing the trends of the time, the prodigious chanteuse touched millions deeply with her arresting melodies, riveting stage presence and personal & honest lyrics. Today, Amos announces 2-CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albums, Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink, each newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and bonus tracks. The b-side from the “Winter” single, “Take To The Sky”, was revealed today and is available to post & share HERE.
In the original assembly of Little Earthquakes, difficult choices had to be made to ensure the album’s balance and flow. Fortunately, songs that didn’t make the record itself were able to see the light of day as a copious stream of single
b-sides released in the US and UK for both Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink. Often these tracks were intertwined with album cuts, for example “Pretty Good Year” becomes an extension of “Ode To The Banana King (Part One)” which itself was b-side to “Silent All These Years”. They also showcased Amos’ innate ability to reinvent popular songs, perhaps the most notable being Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a masterpiece study in understatement.
Now, these rarities and live versions will be available worldwide on April 14 from Rhino.The remastered versions of both original albums will also be released on 180-gram vinyl on the same date, marking the FIRST time both albums will be available on vinyl in the US.
Originally released in 1992 and 1994 respectively, the songs of Little Earthquakes andUnder The Pink continue to live and thrive to this day. As Amos tells it, “Little Earthquakeswas an acknowledgement of things that I hadn’t looked at in 15 years, in some cases… After you acknowledge something, you tell everybody, and other people say, ‘I know what that’s like, too.’ There’s this energy charge you get, and liberation from doing that.” She continues to find that the audience response to “Silent All These Years” remains deep and immediate nearly a quarter century later, counting it as her most requested song and one that walks with her every day. It will continue to do so as long as she is playing music.
Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums, has played over a thousand shows and has had multiple Grammy nominations. A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download, has had her songs turned into graphic novels a successful musical, and has produced pioneering videos throughout her career. She is renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her critically and commercially successful tours, and her ever evolving live show. Ms. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.
My Morning Jacket have just revealed their latest track off of The Waterfall entitled “Spring (Among the Living),” accompanied by a captivating visualizer.
On May 4th, 2015 the band is set to return with their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark their 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.
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 21 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 25 at Xponential Music Festival in Camden, NJ w/ St. Vincent
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
Canadian indie rockers Mother Mother have signed to Def Jam Recordings in the states and will release their latest album Very Good Bad Thing on April 7th, available for pre-ordernow. Exclusive album bundle packages including an online-exclusive T-shirt, CD, digital download, and a postcard signed by the band are also available HERE.
The quintet have now announced a massive headlining tour hitting New York, LA, Chicago, Washington DC and many more, and including festival appearances atSasquatch, Firefly and SummerFest. Full date listing below. Touring in support of their upcoming LP, the band’s first release with Def Jam sees Mother Mother expanding its sonic palate to integrate electronic and rock elements while delving deep into the complexities of the human condition in all its tragic, conflicting nature.
Much like the band members themselves, each song on Very Good Bad Thing has its own distinct personality. Where lead single “Monkey Tree” ambles brightly as its feral message to let go of technology and embrace your inner animal unfolds, “Modern Love” offers a weightless chorus that shimmers with anticipation, and stripped down track “Reaper Man” builds to a sinful, throbbing apex.
Having previously released the moody video to accompany lead track, “Monkey Tree,” today Mother Mother unleashes the “Monkey Tree” live video to give fans new and old a breath of the incredible energy to expect as they hit the road for a massive tour, beginning this May.
The “Monkey Tree” Live video was revealed on Diffuser.fm- please post and share!
Mother Mother is not just a Canadian phenom. The band—which includes frontman Ryan Guldemond, singer-keyboardist Jasmin Parkin, bassist Jeremy Page, drummer Ali Siadat, and Ryan’s sister, singer-keyboardist Molly Guldemond—has toured the U.S. extensively, including dates with Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION. Produced by Gavin Brown (Metric, 3 Days Grace), who was instrumental in indulging the bands countless ideas by distilling with a singular vision, Very Good Bad Thing follows the band’s desire to expand their soundscapes and continue their creative progression.
5/22: George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
5/27: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/29: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/30: Napa, CA @ BottleRock Napa Valley
6/1: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
6/2: West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
6/3: Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
6/5: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
6/6: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
6/8: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
6/9: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
6/11: Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar
6/12: Charlotte, NC @ The Double Door Inn
6/13: Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
6/15: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
6/17: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
6/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
6/19: Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
6/21: Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
6/22: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
6/24: Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
6/25: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
6/27: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
6/28: Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar
6/30: Billings, MT @ Pub Station
7/1: Missoula, MT @ Stage 112
7/2: Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios
International producer and songwriter extraordinaire Oh Land, also known as Nanna Øland Fabricius, has announced her first run of North American tour dates in support of Earth Sick. The dates kick off on May 3 in Washington DC and include Boston, Philly, two New York shows, Uncasville and Toronto, Montreal. Oh Land has been spending time in her stateside home base of Brooklyn, making special appearances with the likes of The Wild Honey Pie and 1iota at SXSW, and platforms including AOL Build and Sofar Sounds in NYC, and she will also appear this week on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz this Wednesday, 4/1. See below for the newly announced tour dates; tickets go on sale this later this week!
Oh Land also has revealed her unique one-take video for "Half Hero," which shows she and her bandmates performing the track live in bathroom stalls. Though it seems like a pre-orchestrated creative idea, Oh Land tells Interview how the spontaneous live recording arose. "At first the crew thought I was joking, but really quickly everyone was super stoked about the idea. It was fun to see my bandmates play like that, and everyone knows that vocals sound amazing in a bathroom."
"Half Hero" (Live One Take) was unveiled with Interview and is available HERE to post and share!
Earth Sick, Oh Land's 4th LP, is out now on her own label Tusk or Tooth, via Kobalt Label Services. The album is available at all digital services, and physically on CD and pink vinyl. Lead single “Head Up High” has also gotten serious remix love from the likes of MS MR, Penguin Prison, CSS, Lauren Flax and Mercury.
Download the Earth Sick album, featuring “Head Up High,” “Flags,” and “Nothing Is Over” on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/ohlandesit) or Amazon (http://smarturl.it/ohlandesamz), stream here: (http://smarturl.it/earthsickspty).
Head Up High (The Remixes) is also available at all digital services, including iTunes:
May 3: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
May 4: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
May 6: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
May 8: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 21: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
May 23: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
May 24: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
May 25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
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 4th on Don Giovanni Records, the band has taken their ferocious live show on the road with labelmates Screaming Females, and they’ll celebrate a hometown throwdown in Providence, RI on April 5th before heading out for national headlining dates. They recently brought fans to their rain-soaked feet at SXSW and were hailed as "Band Most Likely to Make You Enter the Pit" by SPIN.
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. The band revealed lead album single “Monstro” recently and today they share “Future Police” a politically charged, incredibly catchy behemoth of a song.
“Future Police” premiered with PAPER Magazine today
and we encourage you to post and share.
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. The sextet will be on the road through the spring, hitting New York, DC and Chicago, see all the dates below.
Downtown Boys National Tour Dates
4/5: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater (w/ Screaming Females)
5/8: Pawtucket, RI @ Machines with Magnets
5/9: Boston, MA @ Make Shift Boston
5/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades (w/ The Homewreckers)
5/17: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (w/ Priests)
5/18: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
5/19: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
5/20: Columbus, OH @ Legion of Doom
5/21: Bloomington, IN @ House Show
5/22: Chicago, IL @ Old Mount Happy
5/23: Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room
5/24: Ann Arbor, MI @ 3rd Death Star
5/25: Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
5/26: Toronto, ON @ S.H.I.G.B.S.
5/27: Ottawa, ON @ House of TARG
5/28: Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
5/29: Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
NYC-based songwriter extraordinaire Mitski will re-release her breakout record Bury Me At Make Out Creek, April 7th via Don Giovanni Records. This release will mark her joining of the Don Giovanni family and includes special unreleased bonus material. In celebration, fans will have new chances to experience Mitski’s raw, soul-shaking live show as she joinsScreaming Females and Speedy Ortiz on the road this spring.
With vivid lyrical imagery, buzzed out guitars and evocative vocals, Mitski has created a unique sound built upon her academic musical background, and as she makes the shift from concert hall to DIY venue her new relationship with the storied label will certainly continue to propel the transition. Today she shares the intimate bonus track “Square” (live solo piano version) which is available to post and share here.
While attending SUNY Purchase and studying music composition, Mitski released two records inspired by orchestral energy and expansive in their own right. The brilliant writer came into her own with 2014’s Bury Me At Make Out Creek, immersed in fuzzy guitars, pounding drums, and poetically poignant lyrics, and created a sound all her own. Be sure to catch her live on tour this spring!
National Tour Dates
3/30: Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
4/3: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place (WYBC Event)
4/4: Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, NJ (w/ Screaming Females)
4/5: Spark City Providence, RI (w/ Screaming Females)
4/6: The Firehouse Worcester, MA (w/ Screaming Females)
4/7: Space Gallery Portland, ME (w/ Screaming Females)
4/8: Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB (w/ Screaming Females)
4/9: House of TARG @ Ottawa, ON (w/ Screaming Females)
4/22: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/24: Hamden, CT @ The Space (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
4/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's (w/ Speedy Ortiz)
5/8: Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival