Today, Hunter Hunted announce their upcoming debut album Ready For You, which will come out on July 10 via FreeSolo/RCA. Last week, right before their Sasquatch! Festival set, Los Angeles duo Hunter Hunted revealed their first single "Blindside" of the album. You can now see a very special lyric video for the song via Idolator HERE. They'll set out on a 20-date co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons in July and August and will be able to play album tracks like "Operating", "Ready For You", and "End Of The World" live for the first time.
Capable of crafting stadium-sized pop missives that are hugely catchy and wonderfully earnest, the duo of Michael Garner and Dan Chang, write songs that tread an easy path between the head and heart, bursting at the seems with undeniable melodies and choruses that are custom-made to be sung along to, preferably at peak volume while surrounded by several hundred of your brand new very best friends.
On Ready for You Hunter Hunted’s ambition is fantastically evident. It’s a record that seems tailor-made to engineer happiness. It’s a pop record with long legs—packed with tracks that balance razor-sharp hooks with heartfelt sentiment. “We want to make songs that make people happy, songs that you can hear on the radio and that make you want to sing and dance,” says Garner. “We want to get to that point where we make a song that takes the world by storm, where it’s like, ‘Holy shit. This song is hitting so hard. We don't even know how to handle it!’ We're still waiting for that moment where all of this just takes off and knocks us off our butts.”
The story of Hunter Hunted begins, at least for most people, with the release of their debut EP, Hunter Hunted, in 2013. However, the group’s roots go back much further as they met at UCLA. They've been included in MTV's Artists To Watch, NYLON's "Bands to look out for," Starbucks "Pick of The Week, "Teen Vogue's "Jam's of the year," Billboard Magazines "Scouting Report" and KCRW's "Bands we Love."
While standout track "Keep Together" was making the rounds on TV shows, the band’s early singles quickly elevated Hunter Hunted from the ranks of indie-pop hopefuls to serious chart contenders, touring alongside FUN., Fitz and The Tantrums, Weezer, and Twenty One Pilots. The band also turned in lauded performances at Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and Firefly, as well as stops on Conan O’Brien's late night show and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show pre-show.
When asked about "Blindside" and the upcoming debut album they say, “We wanted to write songs that were both tiny and huge. Songs that you could play on an acoustic guitar alone or with a big band inside an arena.” With the help of Howard benson and Neil Avron behind the boards, Hunter Hunted have achieved that.
The band has a busy year ahead of them - their co-headlining tour with Interscope’s Young Rising Sons for July/August is only the start of what's to come.
Felix Da Housecat is back with a brand new album Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion out July 10th on New York’s No Shame imprint. The follow up to 2011’s Son of Analog, Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusionsees the Chicago-bred, two-time Grammy Award nominated DJ/Producer/Remixer return to the fore with his most soulful and introspective record to date.
“This one took 3 years to make. For me, an album is like a high school yearbook and so it’s an experience and a challenge, explains Felix. “I’m going to say this in the least Kanye way possible – and I love Kanye West, I’m from Chicago! – but I’ve come to a stage in my life where I’ve proved and done everything I have done as Felix from ‘Fantasy Girl’ to through the streets of techno – so I don’t have to prove myself to the new generation. I make what I like and try not to get caught up. My intention is not to make a million from this album. It’s all about moods.”
Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion isn’t a club record, it’s almost a record for the(e) dawn, with songs like ‘Codeine Cowboy’ and the melancholic, none-more-Felix vocoder-vibe of ‘Is Everything OK’ reminders that melody trumps all. “It’s a night thing,” says Felix of the album. “It’s me tapping into melodies. It has nothing to do with hands in the air, its about melody and lyrics.”
The 11-track collection also features such standout tracks as dub-dripping reggae tune “The Natural” feat. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and the excellent 'Devon’s Box', a cosmic pop nod to Prince (“You know 80s Prince runs through my veins!” says Felix). ‘Looking 4A Reason’ is about how everyone is looking for an excuse to f***, so its about people getting horny in the summertime. And 'Queer' “is not about being straight or gay. It’s an attitude of when someone flips out on love, being possessive. It’s about a neighbor who’s obsessed with you.”
The result is a record that represents Felix in his element and at his most nuanced, showcasing an ever-evolving sonic palate while retaining the inimitable inimitable groove throughout.
The album art – by renowned Techno Visual Artist, Abdul Qadim Haqq (www.thirdearthvisualarts.com) is the final piece of the album puzzle. It features three characters – NOSTALGIA, HEROINE and PARADOX. “These 3 characters are going to be part of the illusion and these songs are all a narrative of my life,” explains Felix. “And they’re blasting me with it!!!”
Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion is out July 10th on No Shame. It features the debut single “Is Everything OK” and is available for pre-order now.
Last week, MS MR (Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow) announced the release of their sophomore album—How Does It Feel available Friday, July 17 via Columbia Records—and to celebrate, the music duo has just unveiled details of their North American/European fall headline tour. Kicking off September 24, the How Does It Feel Tour crisscrosses the US and Canada, including a stop at NYC’s Terminal 5 on October 8and wrapping with an October 27 performance at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre before hitting Europe in November. Supporting acts include Circa Waves, Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ, Crater, Tigertown and more. See below for full touring details, including festivals stops this summer around the globe. Tickets go on sale starting Thursday, June 4 at 10am local time for Los Angeles, with all other dates on sale Friday, June 5. Watch the band’s tour announce video, created under the direction of acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Luke Gilford, here: http://smarturl.it/HDIFTour.
Throughout their fall tour, MS MR will be donating a portion of every ticket sold to an inspiring organization, Third Wave Fund. “We're thrilled to be able to contribute a portion of ticket sales from the How Does It Feel Tour to Third Wave Fund, a grassroots fund that supports feminist, queer and trans-rights organizations,” said Lizzy and Max. “A deep-seated belief in equality, self determination and equal opportunity is at the root of our ethos as a band, and we feel we have a responsibility to bring attention to organizations that work towards those causes. Please read up on the important work TWF is doing in communities around the country and get involved at www.thirdwavefund.org.”
Watch MS MR’s new video for the album’s lead single “Painted,” inspired by Kubrick and the 70s documentary The Secret Life of Plants here: http://smarturl.it/PaintedVid. “Painted” is currently Top 30 at Alternative radio, led by Sirius XM Alt Nation, Radio 104.5/Philadelphia, 96.5 The Buzz/Kansas City, CD 102.5/Columbus and many more.
MS MR ON TOUR
Just-announced dates in bold
6/3 – Mendig, Germany – Rock am Ring 2015
6/4 – Berlin, Germany – Kantine am Berghain
6/5 – Nuremberg, Germany – Rock im Park 2015
6/10 – London, UK – Victoria
6/19 – Kansas City, MO – Boulevardia 2015
7/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier (Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party)
7/22 – Melbourne, Australia – Russell
7/24 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass Festival
7/25 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre
7/30 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (Lollapalooza After Show)
7/31 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/1-8/2 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga
8/7 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field (96.3 Go Fest 2015)
9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
9/9 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
9/10 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
9/12-13 – Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
9/24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/25 – Austin, TX – Emo’s (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/27 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/28 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery Ballroom (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
9/29 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
10/1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/ Circa Waves, Crater)
10/5 – Boston, MA – Royale (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/12 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ)
10/17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt)
10/19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/20 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/25 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown)
11/6 – Brighton, UK – The Arch
11/7 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
11/8 – Glasgow – Art School
11/10 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
11/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Orangerie
11/13 – Paris, France – Trabendo
11/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (Old Room)
11/16 – Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra
11/17 – Munich, Germany – Technikum
11/18 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
11/19 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria
11/21 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo
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.
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.
Cut Copy is thrilled to kick off their North American DJ Tour today, with select live dates confirmed in the fall. Their performances are revered by fans and critics alike as an international festival staple that never fail to leave thousands enraptured, but DJing has always been an essential part of their career.
“We’ve always DJed as long as the band has been around, and club culture is an important part of what Cut Copy is about,” frontman Dan Whitford explains. “From the ‘Fabric Live’ series Cut Copy mixed in 2006, to the underground Melbourne dance compilation 'Oceans Apart' that we curated and mixed last year, this has been an important part of our musical makeup. So I guess it’s probably overdue that we’re finally doing proper DJ touring this year.”
Their first-ever proper DJ tour makes stops in LA, SF, Chicago, NYC’s PS1 series and more. Cutters labelmate Knightlife will join Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford & Tim Hoey on the majority of headline shows, and the combination should bring an unstoppable delicious groove through the night. In celebration of the tour, Knightlife revealed “Heavy Down” todayHERE which is available to post & share.
Catch Cut Copy across North America – dates below!
Cut Copy DJ Tour Dates
7/2: Dallas, TX @ It'll DO
7/3: Philadelphia, PA @ The Dolphin
7/4: New York, NY @ PS1
7/4: Washington, DC @ U Hall
7/5: San Diego, CA @ FNGRS CRSSD
7/8: Costa Mesa, CA @ La Cave
7/10: Los Angeles, CA @ Club Called Rhonda
7/11: Toronto, ON @ Studio Bar
7/12: Chicago, IL @ Mambys Festival
7/15: Denver, CO @ 1UP
7/16: Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
7/17: Vancouver, BC @ Pemberton
7/18: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
Cut Copy Live Dates
9/17: Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
9/18: West Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival
9/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Mad Decent Block Party
Fresh faced four piece THE AGE OF L.U.N.A are the voice of the next generation and Live. Under. No. Authority their moto. It’s also the title of their debut mixtape that the band are readying to drop at the end of July; ‘MEMORY LANE’ is the first single.
The track has already been getting support from DJ SEMTEX [BBC RADIO 1 / 1 XTRA] who gave the group ones to watch for 2015 off the back. The guys also picked up some serious online support with CLASH MAGAZINE, NOISEY, RWD, COMPLEX MAGAZINEand others backing them alongside tastemakers MISTA JAM [BBC RADIO 1] and HUW STEPHENS [BBC RADIO 1].
Their eclectic infusion of collective influences plays a massive part in the groups sound and approach. Memory Lane is just a taster of what this young quartet have to offer. RappersBUTCH ARKAS and KYOTE NOIR find themselves in reflective mood tracing their steps over paths trodden and roads crossed amongst a slow NK - OK produced head nodder asDANIELLA layers a hypnotic honey laced hook that will have you zoning out.
The movement and mixtape to follow, titled Live Under No Authority, will be the first step on the groups still very early path. Kyote explains the bands name and title choice….“We wanted to create something that would move the generation,” he adds, “So we’re the Age Of Living Under No Authority.”
Butch continues on the groups ambitions….”We’d like to move commercial music from where it is now,” he states. “We want people to love that old school, musical vibe…..We want to bring that back to commercial music and move everyone.”Words beyond the bands very tender average age of just 18 – producer NK – OK is just 16 !
Memory Lane will be released on digital format on the 3rd July and 10” limited vinyl at the end of the month. The Live Under No Authority mixtape will be available to download from http://www.liveundernoauthority.com for free and also in limited cassette format. The Age of L.U.N.A will be kicking off a school tour towards the end of July and look out for Live Under No Authority merch landing faster that you know it.
Two-time Grammy winners They Might Be Giants’ groundbreaking Dial-A-Song re-launched for all of 2015, offering fans a new song (and video!) every week atwww.DialASong.com as well as toll-free at (844) 387-6962. Today they offer their latest installment in the series, with the release of "And Mom And Kid". The song was originally created for the HBO doc "A Family is A Family is A Family" celebrating family diversity for all and is a thrill to release this week in celebration of the recent Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a right nationwide. We encourage you to post and share "And Mom And Kid"!
They Might Be Giants recently set the internet a blaze as they returned to the AV Undercover series, to offer their one-of-a-kind rendition of Destiny Child’s “Bills Bills Bills”. It was also featured as last week’s Dial-A-Song and you can watch & share itHERE.
Maisy Kay is not your average 16-year-old.
An iron-lunged ingénue whose voice effuses theatricality at some moments and tenderness during others, Maisy’s shimmering, mezzo-soprano vocals, paired with intimate, pervasive confessionals make her the rarest of unicorns.
Maisy eschews the pop world’s tendency to recruit an arsenal of songwriters and only performs her own compositions. Many of them are penned daily around 3 a.m., her overactive mind waking her from slumber, willing her to write.
The self-taught pianist is a wise-beyond-her-years lyricist who crafts evocative avant pop. She’s a starry-eyed dreamer and songwriting phenom who’s as apt to reference Freddie Mercury as she is Celine Dion. She grew up in the English countryside but came of age in Los Angeles. She loves video games. She loves the theater. These types of antithetical influences only add to her beguiling appeal.
Maisy Kay knows who she is. You soon will too.
Today she shares her debut song “Blood Filled Tears” – via Black Book.
Poignant without being precious and sentimental without being saccharine, “Blood Filled Tears” explores a close friend’s suicide through a powerfully lilting lament.
"’Blood Filled Tears’ is an extremely personal and emotional song for me,” explains Maisy. “It came from an experience I went through with a friend, and my purpose for writing it, for almost everything I write, is in the hope that it could possibly touch someone else in need of help. Someone in need of a message to get them through life, through a day, through an hour…"
Stream/Share “Blood Filled Tears” via Soundcloud or Spotify.
The track features Maisy on vocals piano with Lindsey Stirling on violin.
Somewhere along the sunny coast of Southern California, a songwriter named William Alexander is somewhere inhaling sound and culture, synthesizing it all into compact pop gems.
For years he has hidden them away from prying ears, amassing a deep back catalog as sun-streaked and sugary as his SoCal peers but with a relaxed post-internet modernity that is distinctly his own.
After years of amassing material that he kept hidden from the world, Alexander is ready to release his debut full-length album Strangest Things out in November via Yellow K Records.Come Find Me EP, a collection of covers and originals, is a preview of his warm, SoCal-influenced indie rock.