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.
Los Angeles - March 25, 2015 - Los Angeles-based indie pop group Smallpools has joined forces with Smule, the leading developer of mobile music apps, to bring songs from their new album to fans and music enthusiasts around the world. Using Smule's award winning Magic Piano and Sing! Karaoke, Smallpools fans can accompany the band or even perform video duets with band frontman Sean Scanlon, sharing their musical talents with the world through Smule's network of 26 million active users. The piano tracks and duet in the two apps come from Smallpools’ new album, LOVETAP!, released this week on RCA Records.
“Working with Smule gave us the unique opportunity to interact with our fans on a whole new level,” said Michael Kamerman, Smallpools. “It also exposed our music to hundreds of thousands of new listeners and we had a fantastic time watching everyone get down with our Open Call."
In February, Smallpools released a duet “Open Call” on Sing! Karaoke, allowing singers to perform a video duet with vocalist Sean Scanlon to the band’s aptly-named hit “Karaoke.” For the Magic Piano app, Smallpools released the vocal track to their song “Karaoke,” allowing people to accompany Sean on piano.
"Smule sits someplace between the record and the concert, affording new and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite artists such as Smallpools," said Dr. Jeffrey C. Smith, CEO and co-founder, Smule. "Singing 'Karaoke' alongside Sean in Smule is perhaps the next best thing to singing with Sean from a front row seat. He's amazing."
The lyric video for the first single “Karaoke” premiered on NYLON HERE. Listen to the single “Karaoke” produced Ricky Reed and John Ryan HERE. Spotify is streaming the album as part of The Drop Program. Smallpools recently performed “Karaoke” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Watch it HERE. The band performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas last week and is now headed to their 32-date USA tour (see below for dates).
Press are already praising “Karaoke” with Hilly Dilly saying ““Karaoke” "...follows up some of the best new pop we’ve heard in a while, and the band has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the song’s actual sound." Baeble Music noted, “The energetic new track is lighthearted, lots of fun, and makes you want to grab a mic and sing along.”Earmilk said, “Like a breath of fresh air, Smallpools build on their style with the momentum behind "Karaoke." Beginning in 2013, Smallpools has quickly accelerated according to High Voltage Magazine, "...we’ve watched them grow and they’ve covered a ton of tour ground garnering a fantastic fan base literally built upon the infectious nature of their live shows.”
Sing! Karaoke and Magic Piano are free to download on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Learn more about the apps at http://www.smule.com.
01. American Love
02. Killer Whales
05. Street Fight
06. Mason Jar
07. Over & Over
09. What's A Picture Of?
10. Dyin' to Live
11. Admission To Your Party
12. 9 to 5
13. No Story Time
SMALLPOOLS LOVETAP! HEADLINE TOUR:
VIP tickets on sale HERE
4/11 - Tuscon, AZ @ University of Arizona
4/14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
4/15 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
4/17 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
4/18 - Kirksville, MO @ Truman State University
4/19 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
4/21 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
4/23 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
4/24 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
4/25 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
4/27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/30 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/01 - Cincinnati, OH @ Xavier University
5/03 - Princeton, NJ @ Princeton University
5/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
5/06 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
5/08 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock In Rio Festival
5/09 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
5/10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/11 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
5/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
5/15 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
5/16 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
5/18 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/20 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/22 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
5/23 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
5/25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
5/28 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
5/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America opening for WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, MS MR, Twenty One Pilots, and Two Door Cinema Club, played Lollapalooza and Firefly Festivals, and closed the year with a sold out Live Nation “Ones To Watch '14” headline tour. The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim and brought them their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their debut single "Dreaming" which was produced by Captain Cuts. You can hear “Dreaming” HERE and see the video HERE, which has 4.8 million views.
Supporters like Vogue, Interview Magazine, Idolator, BuzzFeed etc all praised the band’s catchy songs and invigoration live shows. Neon Gold called “Mason Jar” “a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools' youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” In addition, NYLON Magazine premiered the Charli XCX vs Twin Idol Remix of “Dreaming”. Check out more from their Billboard interview.
Smallpools consists of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums).
Founded in 2008, Smule has created a social network for musical performance powered by a family of award winning mobile applications including Ocarina, Magic Piano, Sing! Karaoke, Guitar! and AutoRap. Smule is changing the industry, transforming music from a passive to an engaging experience where every fan is a musician. On a typical day, Smule’s community will play and sing over 12 million songs and upload over a terabyte of their performances to the Smule network. To date, over 300 million people across seven continents have used Smule’s products.
New York based experimental indie electronic duo KNTRLR have released a psychedelic and mysterious music video for “The Great Filter,” the title track of the band’s most recent album, released last month via Goodnight Records. The video, premiered today onThump, showcases the group’s dedication to musical – and visual – artistry.
With video premieres having appeared on Entertainment Weekly and Bloody Disgustingit is clear that the duo pride themselves not only on their music, but their accompanying visuals. “The Great Filter” is no different. The video is the work of Dan Bowhers and Adam Coleman who created a vast and interchanging solar landscape providing the backdrop to the mysterious silhouettes of band members / producers Charles and Michael, crooning about lost hope and ambition. The clip is explorative and ethereal, perfectly, accompanying the moody and existential themes of the song.
Director: Dan Bowhers
Cinematographer: Adam Coleman
VFX Supervisor: Colin Stackpole
Editor: Bill Walton
Colorist/VFX Artist: Dan Bowhers
Special thanks to Light of Day and Click 3X
Since 2008, KNTRLR have continued to evolve--their music becoming further charged by the confrontation of mortality and darkness. The band’s new record The Great Filter, released February 28, stays true to these motivations. From love and death to loss and family, the sum of the band's life experiences have created a darker collection of songs that are sure to resonate deeply with listeners. The strong confidence in the sound they've built is obvious; KNTRLR’s respective life experiences have shaped their sound and their talent as cohesive and collaborative producers.
For all of 2015, Grammy-winning They Might Be Giants are celebrating the return of Dial-A-Song with 52 songs in 52 weeks. Every week is a treat but this week tops them all with their offering of “Underwater Woman.” A softly heartbreaking story, the accompanying video brings to life the plight of the modern woman with animation by Mark Marek, whose credits include Cyndi Lauper and the Rolling Stones album covers as well as Lauper’s “She Bop” video.
As They Might Be Giants return to their high-concept/no-budget idea with a new song every week at a toll-free number at (844) 387-6962 as well as via the web at www.DialASong.com, fans can hear the songs streaming on the site and YouTube. Folks can get tracks individually at iTunes (and all those other fine music places) or join the band’s Dial-A-Song Direct service on Drip.fm and get the whole year's stack of tracks for just 30 bucks.
Brooklyn’s mad geniuses are going massive in 2015 and aren’t slowing down. Three brand new albums are slated for release, with the first, Glean, hitting stores on 4/21. Their monthly Williamsburg stand has sold out every month so far and national touring begins in 4/16. International touring is booked for the fall. The Brooklyn legends also recently released Flood Live In Australia -- a FREE full-album download for all! The live set was recorded on the band's latest tour down under.
In celebration of the 2015 Dial-A-Song project and to raise awareness of the epic song “Erase,” They Might Be Giants are sponsoring Dial-A-Song’s first video contest. Judged by Black Francis of The Pixies, TMBG challenge all video, film and visually-minded people to create a video companion for the track by April 7. For more information about submissions, click here.
Spring 2015 National Tour Dates
3/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
4/17 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/18 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/19 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
4/21 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/22 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
4/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/24 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
4/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
4/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Dial-A-Song Show)
5/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/2 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/3 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
5/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
5/6 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
5/7 Seattle, WA @ Neptune
5/8 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/9 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/13 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
5/14 Austin, TX @ Stubb's
5/15 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
5/16 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/17 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (The Else Show)
Known for their enigmatic indie-pop meets growling guitar grunge, Philadelphia’s Hop Along return with their sophomore full-length album Painted Shut, slated for release May 5th on Saddle Creek. Painted Shut is a record of lush compositions, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and captivating vignettes that tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. It pays homage to post-punk luminaries, while simultaneously driving home a sound that is contemporary, emotive and challenging to define.
The band offered a glimpse of the record with their first single “Waitress” earlier this month and today they share new album track “Powerful Man”. Frances’ raw vocals play over swelling guitars that drive the song into an instantly catchy, melodic frenzy that keeps listeners hooked. Of the heavy subject material that inspired the song, Frances explains“Once I saw a boy getting beaten up by his father, in daylight in front of a school. My friend was with me, the father saw us both and kept right on hitting him, totally unaffected by our presence. I was 18 and immediately afraid of this man; I didn't confront him. I can't imagine what it must be like for a little boy, watching someone walk away as his father punches him about the head. I witnessed a frightening part of myself that day: in a time of crisis I was not there for a child, I froze up. That little boy is probably close to 20 now, maybe a little younger.”
“Powerful Man” premiered with FADER today
and we encourage you to post and share.
Recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, Frances is joined by Mark Quinlan (drums), Tyler Long (bass) and Joe Reinhart (guitar) on Painted Shut. The album is now available for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store.
Often depicted on Painted Shut are the two lives of legendary (though generally unknown) musicians Buddy Bolden and Jackson C. Frank, who were plagued with mental illness until their penniless deaths. It touches upon accounts of poverty, abuse, greed; and banal, sub-par behavior. The songs present themselves unencumbered despite the difficult subject matter, at times both jubilant and irreverent. Revered for their electrifying live show, Hop Along will kick off a national tour with The War on Drugs this month – be sure to catch them in a city near you!