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
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
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
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.
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.
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*
The United Kingdom’s greatest cult band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are to return with their fourth full-length studio album The Night Creeper on September 4 via Rise Above Records. Their lead single from the album is the haunting “Waiting For Blood” which they shared on Noisey today. Of the track the band said, “It's a song of paranoia and dread and acts as the perfect lowbrow prelude to the madness that follows.” The Night Creeper is available for pre-order now with an instant download of “Waiting for Blood” on iTunes andAmazon.
Recorded at Toe Rag Studios in early 2015 with engineer Liam Watson (White Stripes, Tame Impala, Electric Wizard), The Night Creeper oozes louche evil. Hear flesh-melting riffs that creep like hot magma bubbling up through the earth’s crust combine with an ear for melody born out of the bands love for girl groups like The Ronettes and The Shangri-La’s. This is Sabbath-meets-Spector and it’s a heady combination. In support of the release they will also be embarking on their largest and longest tour to date, with a variety of US shows which can be viewed below
The Night Creeper has a distinct concept as a starting point. “The idea is that this album could have started life as an old cheap, grime-covered 25 cent pulp paperback like the type sold at news-stands outside train stations,” says enigmatic band leader Kevin Starrs. “But then perhaps it is adapted into a film noir, which itself is then re-made twenty years later as an ultraviolent, slasher Italian Giallo film. The album follows this aesthetic lineage as it descends from trash to noir to something discernibly darker...”
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have been called many things: a subversive, dark-hearted, pop band who sing about death and murder; a psyche-frazzling heavy psychedelic band; the greatest cult quartet in the British rock scene by a country mile; the heirs apparent to the dark satanic majesty of both The Beatles and Black Sabbath. They exist in their own self-created world; hoovering up trash/pop culture and spitting it back out in hot chunks of finely hewn riffola and righteous rock ‘n roll noise.
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats’ breakthrough album Blood Lust (2011) was an homage to British Hammer and folk horror films of the 1970s, a candle-lit head-trip of withered hands, ritual knives and gallows ropes. Mind Control (2013) looked further afield, to the post-Charles Manson US for inspiration: Jim Jones dosing the Kool-Aid, Blue Cheer, Blue Oyster Cult, B-movie biker movies, war, Watergate, serial killers, and suicidal TV evangelists. Now comes The Night Creeper, their darkest journey yet.
The Night Creeper will be released on September 4 via Rise Above Records. Check out the band’s North American tour dates below.
9/9 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
9/11 at Baltimore Sound Stage in Baltimore, MD
9/12 at Webster Hall in New York, NY
9/13 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
9/14 at Royale in Boston, MA
9/16 at Corona Theater in Montreal, QC
9/17 at Phoenix Theater in Toronto, ON
9/18 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA
9/19 at Metro in Chicago, IL
9/20 at Mill city Nights in Minneapolis, MN
9/22 at Summit Theater in Denver, CO
9/23 at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
9/25 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
9/26 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
9/27 at Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
9/29 at Slims in San Francisco, CA
9/30 at Slims in San Francisco, CA
10/1 at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA
10/2 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA
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.