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Following the victory and tragedy of 2013’s How To Say Goodbye, Photo Ops returns with their sophomore offering, Vacation, out 2/5 via Bad Friend Records and available to pre-order now. Masterminded by Nashville’s Terry Price, the dream pop project brings life to the deepest questions and concerns with infectious melodies and lush, often-unexpected textures. At once remarkably accessible and deeply poignant, Price effortlessly weaves hooks and harmonies that force the listener to both sing and think along.
 
The past half-decade or so has forced Price face-to-face with some of the darkest issues imaginable. His father was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, cursed by the symptoms of manic depression and schizophrenia throughout his life. He died in 2011 of a heart attack at age 55. Meanwhile, Price himself woke one morning with one side of his face completely paralyzed and was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. He eventually recovered movement and his prognosis is positive. Still, the overall trauma combined to inform and inspire his debut work, asking universal questions we all desire the answers to, woven with driving, mesmerizing melodies.
 
As he returns on Vacation, Price creates soundscapes he hopes to be just that- a departure from daily life and chaos, shimmering with details immediate rather than obscure. Pondering how much thought to dedicate to the past, present and future, he paints mountain and ocean views in a dream pop via alt-country palette. “I’d Be Dead” features classical acoustic guitar and a mesmerizing melody, while “Memories That Glow” holds a bouncing piano hook begging to break free from the past. Meanwhile, “You And Me Driving Cross Country” captures perfectly a moment in time, with Price using his voice as in instrument, layering and harmonizing it with sighing strings.
 
“I’d Be Dead” was unveiled by Consequence of Sound and is available HERE to post and share!
 
A Nashville native for the past 15 years, Price was formerly a member of Oblio, who toured extensively for years. As he continues to come into his own with Photo Ops, he has shifted from the creation of a live experience to the composition of a pristine and honest record, with songs that both get stuck in your head and bring you to face some of life’s toughest questions. Vacation is a human album that communicates pain but feels like understanding.

Track List:
1.Once Around The Town Square
2.Old Lullabies
3.I’d Be Dead
4.You Could Be Great
5.Memories That Glow
6.Maybe We’ll Change
7.You And Me Driving Cross Country
8.Kathleen
9.To Move On
10.It Isn’t Mine


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Formed on a dare in 2001, Cincinnati’s Wussy is at the forefront of New Midwestern Psychedelia. Following the release of their cult classic debut in 2005, “to certain fans ofLucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons and R.E.M., Wussy became the best band in America almost instantaneously with...Funeral Dress” (SPIN)Heralded by critics for both their songwriting and varied sonic palettethe five-piece is pleased to announce their sixth full-length Forever Sounds, due out March 4 via Shake It Records & Damnably(UK/Europe). Dubbed by SPIN as “their most challenging and densely textured to date”, the new album finds Wussy crafting raw and melodic material, exploring such themes as hauntings, false prophets, aliens, and The Big Lebowski all blanketed inside layers of noise. In anticipation for the release, Wussy has revealed the first track “Dropping Houses” onSPIN. The single will be available for download via Bandcamp and in a limited run of 7” vinyl’s starting January 29.
 
Lyrically, Forever Sounds deals with themes of the unknown, the archaic, and the occult. Album opener, “Dropping Houses” looks back at a toxic relationship and mentions theWizard of Oz through a singable wall of noise. Other pop culture references abound, such as “Donny’s Death Scene” which eulogizes Donny Kerabatsos in the Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski. “She’s Killed Hundreds” offers a catchy, fuzzed out track about hearing the fantastic tales of someone or something that you’ve lost.
 
Made up of Chuck Cleaver (Ass Ponys), Lisa Walker, Mark Messerly, Joe Klug, and John Erhardt, Wussy has truly come into their own on the new album. Following the band’s first US TV appearance on CBS in 2014 and increased critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and SPIN, they headed to the studio to record Forever Sounds with renewed vigor. John Hoffman and Jerri Queen (both of Vacation), along with John Curley (Afghan Whigs) at Curley’s Ultrasuede Studios, the new team and location enabled the band to take more chances and create the sound they had always been reaching for. While their pop sensibilities remain intact, the mix and instrumentation are more reminiscent of the band’s noise-heavy live shows. The album’s ten tracks are full of hope, determination, heartbreak, deception, aliens, the supernatural, the everyday, friendship, love and second chances.


Tour Dates
2/18 – Seattle, WA at The Funhouse (El Corazon)
2/19 – Seattle, WA at Sonic Boom Records
2/20 – Portland, OR at Dante’s
2/27 – Cincinnati, OH at The Woodward Theater
3/4 – New York, NY at Webster Hall
3/5 – Baltimore, MD at Club 603
3/11 – Chicago, IL at Red Line Tap
3/12 – Chicago, IL at Red Line Tap
3/29 – Washington, DC at TBC
3/30 – Brooklyn/Queens, NY at Trans-Pecos
3/31 – Philadelphia, PA at MilkBoy
4/2 – Boston, MA at Midway Cafe
4/28 – Manchester, UK at The Castle
4/30 – Cardiff, UK at The Full Moon
5/1 – London, UK at Walpurgis Nacht Festival
5/3 – Leicester, UK at The Musician
5/5 – Brighton, UK at The Hope and Ruin
6/8 – St. Louis at TBC
6/14 – Los Angeles, CA at Silverlake Lounge
6/15 – San Francisco, CA at Elbo Room
6/18 – Seattle WA at El Corazon
6/20 – Boise, ID at TBC
6/24 – Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle
6/25 – Minneapolis, MN at Icehouse


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An album of lush arrangements, blissfully hypnotic vocals and emotionally rich subject matter, Roo Panes’ sophomore album Paperweights will be released worldwide on March 4, 2016 via CRC Music. Since releasing his debut full length album Little Giant in 2014 to critical acclaim, Panes has racked up in excess of 30 million plays on Spotify and over a million total YouTube views. He has been described by Uncut as a ‘Britfolk pin up’ whose music ‘taps a deep well of folk heritage.’ Q Magazine has said Panes finds ‘a positive message in thoughts best left in the dark of night.’ Offering a fresh, matured collection of songs, Paperweights was produced by Rupert Coulson (Portishead, Oasis, Robbie Williams).  

Lead album single “The Original” has picked up plays from Lauren Laverne at 6Music and Annie Mac + Phil Taggart at Radio 1. “A little while back I had the pleasure of playing a show at the Union Chapel,” says Panes. “One of my favourites to date, it was one of the first live performances of ‘The Original’, so it seemed fitting to gather some of the footage from the event and relive the memory!”

Watch the beautifully shot behind-the-scenes video for “The Original” HERE.

We encourage you to post & share.

Panes’ upbringing in Wimborne, once home to novelist Thomas Hardy, proved more inspirational to his writing than any sessions in the company of a parent’s record collection. The natural beauty of Dorset’s open spaces – and those of the Lake District, a place he loves to visit – have become woven into the fabric of his craft. The peace, the silent solitude: it’s here that Panes feels more alive with ideas. There’s a pastoral warmth to his music that couldn’t have manifested had its roots been laid within urban limits.

Panes is a succinct, honest craftsman who writes from a place of deep personal expression that resonates with universal truths and desires. His deep voice and timeless storytelling cloak his art in a classic sense that seems wise beyond his years.


News

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01/22/2016, Sad13 (Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz) x Lizzo Present “Basement Queens," Collaborative Single Made w/ Google Docs
01/22/201601/22/2016, Sad13 (Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz) x Lizzo Present “Basement Queens," Collaborative Single Made w/ Google Docs
Announcement
01/22/2016
Announcement
01/22/2016
Google challenged Speedy Ortiz’s prolific frontwoman Sadie Dupuis (writing under her new pop moniker Sad13) and burgeoning hip hop queen Lizzo to write a song together in Google Docs. MORE» More»

Some of the most popular songs ever recorded were the result of collaborations. Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. Nicki Minaj & Beyonce. David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. Patti Smith & Bruce Springsteen. With this in mind, Google challenged Speedy Ortiz’s prolific frontwoman Sadie Dupuis (writing under her new pop moniker Sad13) and burgeoning hip hop queen Lizzo to write a song together in Google Docs.  

After hashing out ideas, lyrics and overall structures using Hangouts and Docs from Massachusetts and Minnesota respectively, the pair met in-person for the first time at the Room 17 studio in Brooklyn to record their new single “Basement Queens". With irresistible vocal harmonies and driving bass beats, “Basement Queens” is a celebration of individuality and creation on your own terms.  

With music and vocals from Sad13 and additional vocals from Lizzo, “Basement Queens” was produced by Computer Magic. Watch the behind-the-scenes video for a look

at the entire process.

Basement Queens” is the first offering from Sad13.

Stay tuned for more exciting news coming soon!

Learn more about Lizzo's critically acclaimed

December 2015 release Big GRRRL Small World here.

“Basement Queens” is an original song, #madewithGoogleDocs

 

 

Announcement
01/22/2016

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03/04/2016, Album Release, "Forever Sounds", Shake It Records & Damnably (UK/Europe)
01/22/201603/04/2016, Wussy Announce New Album 'Forever Sounds' + Release First Single
Release
03/04/2016
Release
03/04/2016
Release Format
Album
Record Label
Shake It Records & Damnably (UK/Europe)
Release Title
Forever Sounds
Formed on a dare in 2001, Cincinnati’s Wussy is at the forefront of New Midwestern Psychedelia. Following the release of their cult classic debut in 2005, “to certain fans ofLucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons and R.E.M., Wussy became the best band in America almost instantaneously with...Funeral Dress” (SPIN). MORE» More»

Formed on a dare in 2001, Cincinnati’s Wussy is at the forefront of New Midwestern Psychedelia. Following the release of their cult classic debut in 2005, “to certain fans ofLucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons and R.E.M., Wussy became the best band in America almost instantaneously with...Funeral Dress” (SPIN)Heralded by critics for both their songwriting and varied sonic palettethe five-piece is pleased to announce their sixth full-length Forever Sounds, due out March 4 via Shake It Records & Damnably(UK/Europe). Dubbed by SPIN as “their most challenging and densely textured to date”, the new album finds Wussy crafting raw and melodic material, exploring such themes as hauntings, false prophets, aliens, and The Big Lebowski all blanketed inside layers of noise. In anticipation for the release, Wussy has revealed the first track “Dropping Houses” onSPIN. The single will be available for download via Bandcamp and in a limited run of 7” vinyl’s starting January 29.
 
Lyrically, Forever Sounds deals with themes of the unknown, the archaic, and the occult. Album opener, “Dropping Houses” looks back at a toxic relationship and mentions theWizard of Oz through a singable wall of noise. Other pop culture references abound, such as “Donny’s Death Scene” which eulogizes Donny Kerabatsos in the Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski. “She’s Killed Hundreds” offers a catchy, fuzzed out track about hearing the fantastic tales of someone or something that you’ve lost.
 
Made up of Chuck Cleaver (Ass Ponys), Lisa Walker, Mark Messerly, Joe Klug, and John Erhardt, Wussy has truly come into their own on the new album. Following the band’s first US TV appearance on CBS in 2014 and increased critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and SPIN, they headed to the studio to record Forever Sounds with renewed vigor. John Hoffman and Jerri Queen (both of Vacation), along with John Curley (Afghan Whigs) at Curley’s Ultrasuede Studios, the new team and location enabled the band to take more chances and create the sound they had always been reaching for. While their pop sensibilities remain intact, the mix and instrumentation are more reminiscent of the band’s noise-heavy live shows. The album’s ten tracks are full of hope, determination, heartbreak, deception, aliens, the supernatural, the everyday, friendship, love and second chances.


Tour Dates
2/18 – Seattle, WA at The Funhouse (El Corazon)
2/19 – Seattle, WA at Sonic Boom Records
2/20 – Portland, OR at Dante’s
2/27 – Cincinnati, OH at The Woodward Theater
3/4 – New York, NY at Webster Hall
3/5 – Baltimore, MD at Club 603
3/11 – Chicago, IL at Red Line Tap
3/12 – Chicago, IL at Red Line Tap
3/29 – Washington, DC at TBC
3/30 – Brooklyn/Queens, NY at Trans-Pecos
3/31 – Philadelphia, PA at MilkBoy
4/2 – Boston, MA at Midway Cafe
4/28 – Manchester, UK at The Castle
4/30 – Cardiff, UK at The Full Moon
5/1 – London, UK at Walpurgis Nacht Festival
5/3 – Leicester, UK at The Musician
5/5 – Brighton, UK at The Hope and Ruin
6/8 – St. Louis at TBC
6/14 – Los Angeles, CA at Silverlake Lounge
6/15 – San Francisco, CA at Elbo Room
6/18 – Seattle WA at El Corazon
6/20 – Boise, ID at TBC
6/24 – Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle
6/25 – Minneapolis, MN at Icehouse

Release
03/04/2016

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01/21/2016, Classified Goes Behind the Scenes of Album 'Greatful' in New Video
01/21/201601/21/2016, Classified Goes Behind the Scenes of Album 'Greatful' in New Video
Announcement
01/21/2016
Announcement
01/21/2016
Canadian Hip Hop artist Classified is pleased to reveal a special behind the scenes video today on Hip Hop DX. The video portrays parts of his family life, artist collaboration, and connection with his fans. He discusses his humble beginnings and growth as he pays homage to those who have supported him throughout his career. MORE» More»

Canadian Hip Hop artist Classified is pleased to reveal a special behind the scenes video today on Hip Hop DX. The video portrays parts of his family life, artist collaboration, and connection with his fans. He discusses his humble beginnings and growth as he pays homage to those who have supported him throughout his career.
 
The secret to Classified’s success has always been his inherent ability to break down the barrier between the performer and the man. A dedicated family man, Classified’s charisma and approachability extend to both his on-stage and off-stage personas that engage even the most discerning hip-hop fans and critics alike. The album Greatful, is the east coast MC’s homage to his most dedicated fans who have supported him for over a decade.
 
 Two time Juno Award-winner and hit-maker, Classified, also known as Luke Boyd, created his 15th and final album, which provides his trademark style and sound. With each release, the rapper-producer elevates his game by sharpening word play, experimenting with new sounds, and perfecting his flow. Classified’s new studio album Greatful is available now viaiTunes represented by Half Life Records/Universal Music Canada.
 
Catch Classified on the Greatful Tour across Canada this February with special guest SonReal. Tickets & info at classifiedofficial.com.
 
Tour Dates:
2/9 - Neustadt, ON
2/10 - St. Catharines, ON
2/11 - Guelph, ON
2/12 - Toronto, ON
2/16 - Thunder Bay, ON
2/17 - Winnipeg, MB
2/18 - Saskatoon, SK
2/19 - Edmonton, AB
2/20 - Calgary, AB
2/24 - Cranbrook, BC
2/25 - Nelson, BC
2/26 - Victoria, BC
2/27 - Vancouver, BC
2/28 - Vancouver, BC
2/29 - Kelowna, BC
3/02 - Lethbridge, AB
3/03 - Red Deer, AB
3/04 - Medicine Hat, AB
3/05 - Regina, SK
3/09 - Barrie, ON
3/10 - London, ON
3/11 - Ottawa, ON
3/12 - Montreal, QC
3/16 - Charlottetown, PEI
3/18 - Halifax, NS

Announcement
01/21/2016

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01/20/2016, Sonya Kitchell Shares 3rd Single, LP Out Friday, New East Coast Dates Announced
01/20/201601/20/2016, Sonya Kitchell Shares 3rd Single, LP Out Friday, New East Coast Dates Announced
Announcement
01/20/2016
Announcement
01/20/2016
Sonya Kitchell is set to release her critically acclaimed new album We Come Apart this Friday, January 22nd via Rockwood Music Hall Recordings/Thirty Tigers. In anticipation, she shares lead track “Follow Me In” highlighted by radiating guitar textures and melodic vocals that build to a roaring, emotive peak. MORE» More»

Sonya Kitchell is set to release her critically acclaimed new album We Come Apart this Friday, January 22nd via Rockwood Music Hall Recordings/Thirty Tigers.  In anticipation, she shares lead track Follow Me Inhighlighted by radiating guitar textures and melodic vocals that build to a roaring, emotive peak.  Kitchell is also gearing up for a series of album release shows that kick off this week and will hit cities such as New York, Boston, DC + more. 

Her first full-length album since 2008, We Come Apart sees Sonya stepping into the role of producer for the first time and coming into a new version of herself.  Featuring powerful piano infused folk fleshed out with percussion, horns, and strings, sensuous debut single “Mexico” was dubbed Top New Track by Consequence of Sound.  Second single “Hurricane” was featured on WNYC Soundcheck’s weekly round-up, teasing her upcoming in-studio performance on February 2nd.

We Come Apart sees Kitchell stepping into the role of producer for the very first time.  An album of powerful piano infused folk, she laid the foundation of the record with multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and a host of notable friends including members of the The Dap Kings’ Horn Section, Cellist Gyda Valtysdottir of MUM, Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes, and more.

Revered for her raw, spellbinding vocals, be sure to catch Sonya live as she heads out on tour a series of east coast dates this week!

Pre-order We Come Apart here.

Announcement
01/20/2016

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01/20/2016, Low Cut High Tops Raises Hell, Chain Smokes, Shares "Raise Hell" (Smoking Series) Video + Debut LP Out 2/5
01/20/201601/20/2016, Low Cut High Tops Raises Hell, Chain Smokes, Shares "Raise Hell" (Smoking Series) Video + Debut LP Out 2/5
Announcement
01/20/2016
Announcement
01/20/2016
Seattle’s Low Cut High Tops is the identity of 23-year-old musician and art school dropout, David Burns, who is set to release him debut album Eh, Whatever on February 5th. The album is a 10-track collection of swaggering electronic-infused punk rock. MORE» More»

Seattle’s Low Cut High Tops is the identity of 23-year-old musician and art school dropout, David Burns, who is set to release him debut album Eh, Whatever on February 5th.  The album is a 10-track collection of swaggering electronic-infused punk rock.  Recorded in his bedroom, Burns had a hand in every step of the creative process – writing, recording, producing, mixing, and even making his own music videos. 
 
In anticipation of release, Low Cut High Tops reveals new single “Raise Hell” with the accompanying self-produced smoking video (part of an ongoing series of forthcoming videos).  Highlighted by a hard-hitting bass line and Burns’ trademark howl, the track builds to a punk-heavy peak. We previously shared lead single and video for “Red Lipstick” withVICE’s Noisey + second album single “Good Day” which both garnered critical acclaim upon their release.
 
With Eh, Whatever due at the top of February, stay tuned for more from Seattle’s Low Cut High Tops!

Announcement
01/20/2016