The Mynabirds are proud to announce their third full-length album, Lovers Know, set for release on August 7 via Saddle Creek. Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, the album was recorded internationally over a yearlong period and forges into previously unexplored territory. Exploring influences of 80s, 90s, and futuristic soundscapes, the record recalls Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine. The result is arguably one of Burhenn’s most personal and confessional works to date, yet also her most accessible.
The lead single from the forthcoming album “Semantics” premiered on NPR All Songs Considered who proclaim “Laura Burhenn’s pop wisdom shines through on this shimmering single.” Be sure to listen and share the track, streaming now on YouTube.
A perfect intro to an album steeped in “break-up” themes, “Semantics” explores the complicated optics that color any long-term love. “Have you heard about the Buddhist monks who meditated on polluted water molecules?” asks Burhenn. “The molecules changed from sad, brown amorphous things into beautiful geometric shapes that looked genuinely happy. That's pretty much what this song is about. Long love is tough and it takes a lot of effort. It gets bent out of shape, and brown and a little amorphous over time. So in ‘Semantics’ I'm asking, "Does it matter what we call things, what we call 'Us'? And yeah, it does. It can change everything. If we call love something beautiful, if we put the energy into it being that, we can transform into that.”
Lovers Know is loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds — radiating synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums – but Burhenn’s brooding, unmistakable voice still leads the way. Often depicted on the album are the universal themes of love, loss, and seeking connection. “Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it’s also the thing that can make us sing,” says Burhenn.
Brooklyn based garage rock trio Sharkmuffin creates super-heavy, jagged, and exceedingly catchy punk rock, which recently was named by Billboard as being one of the “20 All-Female Bands You Need to Know”. Experienced guitarist Tarra Theissen (vocals/guitar) and Natalie Kirch (vocals/bass) jammed in punk paradise Asbury Park in 2012 and have continued to play together since. After two powerful EP’s and a self-titled 7”, Sharkmuffin reveal their new track “First Date” via Flavorwire in anticipation of the upcoming release of debut LP Chartreuse.
The noise-punk-meets-psychedelic power pop group has evolved their sound on the new album working with drummer Patty Schemel (Upset, Death Valley Girls, Hole). The result is a full length filled with ten tracks of commanding hits. “First Date” is no exception. With raw, unapologetic lyrics, modest punk bass lines, ferocious drums, and crushing guitar, Sharkmuffin delivers an artfully crafted pop single.
“Chartreuse is mine and Natalie’s favorite color, but it’s also a liqueur whose recipe is only known by two monks, and each monk only knows half the recipe and has to keep it a secret,” Thiessen tells Flavorwire. “All the tracks are really bright, in your face, and obvious like the color, but all lyrically deal with relationship dynamics involving things that for better or worse were hidden from each other.”
“First Date” offers an accurate glimpse of Chartreuse while firmly standing as a powerhouse in its own right. Check it out, and stay tuned for the release of Chartreuse coming August 7th on vinyl from State Capital, and digitally by Little Dickman Records.
Sharkmuffin will be heading on tour this summer, and their live show is not to be missed. If you’re in New York, catch them before they hit the road.
6/11 @ The Gutter (Northside Festival), Brooklyn, NY
6/25 @ Good Room, Brooklyn, NY
Worriers will release their highly anticipated debut full-length effort Imaginary Life,August 7 via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and recorded & mixed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, Against Me!), the new record reinforces the powerful punk prowess that fans have come to expect from Lauren Denitzio. Imaginary Life is a collection of fast and infectious guitars, anthemic lyrics, and unyielding vocals.
While Imaginary Life doesn’t stray too far from past Worriers’ releases, it resonates stronger than ever in both sound and message. In the resolute political ballad ”They / Them / Theirs” we are questioned regarding notions of the gender binary and the frustrations that come with it. Arguably the most alluring track of the collection, “Plans” bursts open into an uplifting call to arms. Driven by percussive guitar and biting formidable lyrics “Yes All Cops” emphasizes the fact that white silence = white violence, especially in the wake of recent murders by the police.
“They / Them / Theirs” premiered with SPIN
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Their approach to expressing politics in music is the feminist line “the personal is political”, using experiences to reflect on more universal political issues. On Imaginary Life, Worriers is Lauren Denitzio accompanied by Rachel Rubino (Bridge and Tunnel) and John McLean (Dead Dog, Todd Killingz) on lead guitars, Audrey Zee Whitesides (Mal Blum) on bass, Mike Yannich (The Ergs) on drums, and Lou Hanman (Caves) on backing vocals. Be sure to catch the band live on their national tour, which kicks off May 28th at Silent Barn in NYC.
National Tour Dates w/ Caves
5/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
5/29: Pittsburgh, PA @ City Grows
5/30: Cincinnati, OH @ Tacocracy
5/31: Bloomington IN @ Kroger Castle
6/1: Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
6/2: Grand Rapids, MI @ The New Church
6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room
6/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
6/5: Minot, ND @ Pangea House
6/6: Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge
6/7: Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW
6/9: Seattle, WA @ Narwhal
6/10: Portland, OR @ Twilight Cafe
6/11: San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
6/12: Pomona, CA @ VLHS
6/13: San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
6/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
6/15: Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
6/16: Las Cruces, NM @ Haphazard Hall
6/18: Austin, TX @ Mohawk (inside)
6/19: Houston, TX @ WONKY POWER
6/20: New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa)
6/21: Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
6/22: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
6/23: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
6/24: Durham, NC @ Pinhook
6/25: Richmond, VA @ Gallery5
6/26: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (iDobi Festival w/o Caves)
6/27: Baltimore, MD @ TBA
6/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/29: New Brunswick, NJ @ The West
IAMDYNAMITE return with their sophomore LP Wasa Tusa, out August 7 via Brando Records.
The follow-up to the 2012 debut album SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC, Wasa Tusa sees the Michigan-based duo of Chris Martin and Chris Phillips expanding their repertoire and experimenting in the studio to create a new brand of freewheeling pop.
“Our first record was more of a documentation of our live show,” explains Chris Martin.“This is our first record where the recording was the art form.”
Produced by Matt Novesky – who also produced the band’s debut record – Wasa Tusafeatures the sun-drenched debut single “In The Summer” (out now).
Today the band reveals “Be There” – the first track on the forthcoming album and an undeniable pop gem – exclusively via Earmilk (listen/share).
Drawing inspiration from 80’s pop pioneers such as The Police and Hall & Oates to early 2000 nu-rave revivalists such as Klaxons and Simian Mobile Disco, IAMDYNAMITE’s synth-driven rock and alt-pop hooks are as danceable as they are delicious.
IAMDYNAMITE will be hitting the road in support of the new record later this summer. Check out the tour dates listed below.
1. Be There
3. In The Summer
4. My Love
5. Feel Real
6. Fade Out
8. Keep It Simple
10. Tear A Line
IAMDYNAMITE Tour Dates
8/18: Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
8/19: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
8/20: Sauget, IL @ Pop's
8/21: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/22: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
8/23: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
9/10: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/11: Mertyle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
9/12: Charlotte, NC @ 1065 The End's Weenie Roast
9/13: Raleigh, NC @ 95X Big Shindig
Mother Falcon return with their third full-length Good Luck Have Fun, out August 14th on BitCandy. With this release, the Austin based indie orchestra takes a leap into the unknown, blowing up their usual way of composing and recording together in a conscious effort to push themselves into new stylistic and sonic realms. Good Luck Have Fun explores a complicated stew of regret, betrayal, yearning and nostalgia for childhood, set among some of the most ambitious music of Mother Falcon's burgeoning career. In preparation for the release, Mother Falcon has announced a NYC show with more to come this fall!
Album opener “Kid” sets the bar high with instrumental layers progressively piling up hooks behind a shimmering vocal from Claire Puckett. “Quiet Mind” gradually builds from stark violin pizzicatos to jazzy horn blasts as Tamir Kalifa’s choirboy voice soars above lush swells of strings with the emotionalism that has always characterized the Mother Falcon “sound.” “Water,” a reworking of the dreamy final track from their previous album, is cathartically transformed into something startlingly different with relentless Latin rhythms, dissonant strings, funk guitar and squalling horns, all pointing toward a more aggressive approach in the future.
“Kid” premiered with SPIN
and is available to post & share HERE
Good Luck Have Fun doubles down on both the accessible and adventurous sides of Mother Falcon. While the first half of the album soars with an emphasis on rhythm, concise arrangements and a wealth of hooks, the second half of the album is comprised of experimental instrumental soundscapes composed as the score to an upcoming documentary about competitive gaming. Inspired by Bowie’s Low, 60s improv iconoclasts AAM, Koji Kondo’s score for Majora’s Mask and the psychedelic drone of Fuck Buttons, the instrumental pieces ebb and flow in tension between unresolved crescendos and throbbing, jagged minimalism. Pressing forward toward fresh and innovative ground, Good Luck Have Fun shows Mother Falcon unafraid to take risks in search of something radiant and new.
For Savannah, GA’s Kylesa, made up of Phillip Cope, Laura Pleasants and Carl McGinley, their seventh album, Exhausting Fire via Season of Mist, provides a crowning example of the positive output that comes at the hands of their incendiary and powerful, yet nuanced and colorful framework. Due out October 2, Kylesa has just shared the lead single from Exhausting Fire, “Lost and Confused.” The track is now available to hear and share onSoundcloud. In support of the release they will also be embarking on a tour across the US, tour dates are below.
Following on the heels of the artistic broad jumps the band has exhibited since forming in 2001, Exhausting Fire hurls even more rulebook pages out the tour van window as Kylesa further explore and incorporate psychedelic rock, new wave, space-age twangy Americana, 80s goth and death rock into their pitch-thick DIY punk/metal roots. But as much as change is a constant in their world, there exists connective tissue to the past despite Exhausting Fire being the most diverse, dynamic and fully-realized work of their discography.
In writing Exhausting Fire, the trio found themselves culling inspirations before getting together in various permutations at various times to wade through the amassed collections of riffs and ideas stockpiled before, during and after the punishing Ultraviolet tour schedule. Another curve Exhausting Fire throws at the listener is the manner in which the co-vocalists emerge sounding infinitely more comfortable and confident working as an integrative unit. The pair expertly dodge and weave around one another as an homage to the stratified spirit of their psychedelic influences while respecting the context of the song.
Captured at the familiar confines of the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, Exhausting Fire sees the trio immersing themselves deeper into themselves and their own process by refusing to hire an outside producer to assume Cope’s position. In fact, he reports having additional engineering duties dropped into his production seat, and spending more hours than ever working behind the board. In that sense, it’s not difficult to take the band at their word when Cope describes Exhausting Fire as “an album we really put our hearts on our sleeves for. We’ve always done that, but emotionally, it’s probably the most honest and raw album we’ve ever done.”
“No band sounds like us and we don’t sound like any other band,” concludes Pleasants. “After all these years of experimenting with different styles and sounds, we’ve really developed our own thing and I can faithfully say that we sound like us. With this album, we’ve successfully made a record that incorporates all the elements we’ve always played with into a record that works on its own.”
8/29 in Durham, NC at Motorco
8/31 in Charlottesville, Va at The Southern
9/1 in New York, NY at Gramercy Theater
9/2 in Montreal, QC at Cafe Campus
9/3 in Toronto, ON at Mod Club Theater
9/4 in Chicago, IL at Reggie's
9/5 in St. Louis, MO at Ready Room
9/6 in Louisville, KY at Zanzabar
9/7 in Augusta, GA at Sky City
10/6 in St. Petersburg, FL at State Theatre
10/7 in Miami, FL at Grand Central
10/8 in Orlando, FL at The Social
10/9 in Savannah, GA at Jinx
10/10 in Asheville, NC at New Mountain
10/13 in Columbus, OH at The Basement
10/14 in Grand Rapids, MI at Pyramid Scheme
10/16 in Cleveland, OH at Grog Shop
10/17 in Pittsburgh, PA at Altar Bar
10/19 in Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
10/20 in Philadelphia, PA at Black Box at Underground Arts
10/23 in Richmond, VA at The Broadberry
10/24 in Washington, DC at Rock & Roll Hotel
10/25 in Atlanta, GA at The Drunken Unicorn
11/6 in Pomona, CA at The Glass House
11/7 in Los Angeles, CA at The Fonda Theatre
11/8 in San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore
11/10 in San Diego, CA at The Irenic
11/11 in Phoenix, AZ at Club Red
11/13 in Austin, TX at Red 7
11/14 in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
11/15 in Dallas, TX at The Prophet Bar
11/17 in Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep
11/18 in Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
11/19 in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex
11/20 in Boise, ID at Neurolux
11/21 in Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre
11/22 in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
Kate Pierson - iconic voice and founding member of the B52s, punk, new wave, genre-defying band, released her debut solo record, Guitars and Microphones earlier this year via Lazy Meadow Music/Kobalt Label Services. In celebration of Vinyl Day and the month long “Get Pop Cultured” promotion at Barnes & Noble, the critically acclaimed album has been made available on vinyl exclusively in-store and online nationwide beginning today. Kate will also make a special meet & greet appearance to sign CDs and vinyl at the Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY.
Produced by Tim Anderson (Ima Robot), Guitars and Microphones features Nick Valensi(The Strokes) on several tracks, with songs co-written by Sia, who executive produced the album. A revered pop icon, Kate’s songs are rife with girl group wit, drama, and rejection of stereotypes, and her solo offerings are big songs with bigger meanings.
The album is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Maisy Kay follows her breakout single “Blood Filled Tears” with the achingly cathartic self-acceptance anthem “Enough,” premiering today via Yahoo Music and available on all DSPs tomorrow.
“Enough is a very important song for me,” explains the 16-year-old piano prodigy and iron-lunged ingénue. “It’s about the struggle that most of us go through at some point: acceptance. Whether it’s from your family, friends, or even yourself, the process can be brutal. For me, this song highlights the journey of battling with my inner critic, and ultimately shows that accepting yourself is the hardest challenge. But with facing that challenge, comes the greatest reward.”
Maisy Kay is not your average 16-year-old. The wise-beyond-her-years lyricist who crafts evocative avant pop is a self-taught pianist whose voice effuses theatricality at some moments and tenderness during others. “Enough” showcases the UK-born/LA-based artist’s shimmering, mezzo-soprano vocal range and her intimate, confessional lyrics, sending a positive message to her peers as well as herself.
Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter behind Boston based project,Palehound, will release the highly anticipated debut full-length album Dry Food onAugust 14 via Exploding in Sound Records. The album has been making waves, with early accolades from NPR All Songs Considered, Rolling Stone, Impose Magazine,SPIN and many more
Palehound previously shared album cuts “Molly” and “Healthier Folk”. Today she shares “Cushioned Caging” which finds Kempner’s crystaline vocals set on top of crashing drums and walls of reverb, truly allowing her voice to shine.
“Cushioned Caging” premiered with NPR today,
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Palehound mastermind Ellen Kempner played everything on Dry Food aside from the drum parts, and is joined live by drummer Jesse Weiss (Grass is Green) and bassist Nick Koechel. Recorded with Gabe Wax (Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz), the album is full of sonic and emotional twist in turns as it was written at a time in Kempner’s life that was defined by instability and uncertainty. Dry Food is highlighted by Kempner’s whispery alto voice and sophisticated musicianship, which gives the album a raw, confessional feel, even on louder, rattling tracks. While the album chronicles a particularly rough time in Kempner's life, it does so with verve and grit, not to mention sterling musicianship and wry lyrics. Dry Food is a flag-plant by a young woman with a lot on her mind and talent to burn.
National Tour Dates
^ = w/ Basement, LVL UP & Adventures
* = w/ Gardens & Villa
8/1: Boston, MA @ Grandma's House
w/ Arm Candy, Ursula, Laika's Orbit & Bad Boys
8/2: Easthampton, MA @ The Flywheel w/ Arm Candy & Laika's Orbit
8/9: Atlanta, GA @ Parts Unknown w/ Femignome, and Pretty Boy
8/10: Orlando, FL @ The Social ^
8/11: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall ^
8/12: Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Back Room ^
8/13: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
8/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
8/16: Boston, MA @ Royale ^
8/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater ^
8/22: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair ("Exploding In Sound Extended Weekend" show)
w/ Krill, Big Ups, and Stove
9/3: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Mug w/ LVL Up, Eskimeaux
9/4: Annandale-On-Hudson, NY @ The Root Cellar w/ LVL Up, O Face, Pleistocene
9/5: Syracuse, NY @ Scarier Dome
9/6: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/8: Ann Arbor, MI @ TBA
9/9: Kalamazoo, MI @ Millhouse
9/11: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
9/17: Austin, TX @ The Parish*
9/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
9/19: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/20: New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa*
9/22: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
9/23: Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Back Room*
9/24: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
9/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
9/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*