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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 AnalogNarrative 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.


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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.


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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.


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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
 


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IAMDYNAMITE return with their sophomore LP Wasa Tusa, out August 7 via Brando Records. 
 
The follow-up to the 2012 debut album SUPERMEGAFANTASTICWasa 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.

Track Listing:
1. Be There
2. Stranger
3. In The Summer
4. My Love
5. Feel Real
6. Fade Out
7. Liz
8. Keep It Simple
9. Bloom
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


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06/30/2015, William Alexander Releases Sun-drenched "Come Find Me" EP on Yellow K Records
06/30/201506/30/2015, William Alexander Releases Sun-drenched "Come Find Me" EP on Yellow K Records
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06/30/2015
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06/30/2015
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. MORE» More»

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.

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06/30/2015, They Might Be Giants Latest Dial-A-Song Track Celebrates Marriage Equality & Family Diversity
06/30/201506/30/2015, They Might Be Giants Latest Dial-A-Song Track Celebrates Marriage Equality & Family Diversity
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06/30/2015
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. MORE» More»

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.

 

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06/30/2015, Maisy Kay Premieres Debut Single "Blood Filled Tears" (w/ Lindsey Stirling on violin) via Black Book
06/30/201506/30/2015, Maisy Kay Premieres Debut Single "Blood Filled Tears" (w/ Lindsey Stirling on violin) via Black Book
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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. MORE» More»

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.
 

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06/30/2015

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10/02/2015, Album Release, "Secret In The Dark", Other Music Recording Co.
06/30/201510/02/2015, Monika Annces New LP + Track w/ FADER, Prod. By Dap-Kings' Homer Steinweiss + Live in NYC, 7/9
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Secret In The Dark
On the heels of two platinum Greek releases, headlining major festivals and gracing the covers of music and fashion magazines in her homeland, Monika is thrilled to announce her 3rd studio album, Secret In The Dark, available October 2 worldwide via Other Music Recording Co. MORE» More»

On the heels of two platinum Greek releases, headlining major festivals and gracing the covers of music and fashion magazines in her homeland, Monika is thrilled to announce her 3rd studio album, Secret In The Dark, available October 2 worldwide via Other Music Recording Co. Recorded at the Daptone-renowned Dunham Sounds Studios (Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Dan Auerbach) and produced by Dap-Kings & Menahan Street Band founding member Homer Steinweiss, the album breathes generational genre-spanning influences.
 
A distinctly New York album with a breezy Mediterranean heart, Secret In The Dark is a cunningly crafted record of ‘80s art pop infused with organic leftfield disco tones. Title track “Secret In The Dark” calls upon the genre’s forefathers with its own contemporary edge and irresistible bass line. Featuring Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow, Mark Ronson), “Shake Your Hands” is a soulful dancefloor-ready single of layered horns, funky guitar, vocals and percussion that build to an epic breakdown. Syncopated, operatic vocals slice into shimmering synths and driving bass, creating a dark, ethereal soundscape on “Stripping.” 
 
“Stripping” premieres with FADER and is available to post & share HERE!
 
Amassing a dream-team of musicians, Homer Steinweiss, Thomas Brenneck, Nick Movshon, Victor Axelrod, Leon Michels, and others from the Brooklyn scene join Monika on Secret In The Dark. Fans will have a special early chance to experience the funk-pop extravaganza live at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on July 9. Be sure to catch Monika live and stay tuned for more news coming soon!

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10/02/2015

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06/29/2015, The Mynabirds Share New Track “Wildfire” + Lovers Know Out August 7
06/29/201506/29/2015, The Mynabirds Share New Track “Wildfire” + Lovers Know Out August 7
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The Mynabirds are pleased to release their newest single, “Wildfire”, an ebullient summer anthem premiering on Consequence of Sound this week. The track is from the band’s third album, Lovers Know, dropping August 7 on Saddle Creek. MORE» More»

The Mynabirds are pleased to release their newest single, “Wildfire”, an ebullient summer anthem premiering on Consequence of Sound this week. The track is from the band’s third album, Lovers Know, dropping August 7 on Saddle Creek.
 
““Wildfire” is about staying alive, staying wild, living and loving to the fullest, despite death nipping at our heels,” says Laura Burhenn, the primary artist behind The Mynabirds. “It's an ode to that Jack Kerouac quote from "On the Road," and everyone in this world who embodies that and inspires the hell out of me: The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
 
Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, Lovers Know 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, delving deep into universal themes of love, loss, and seeking connection. “Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common,” she notes. “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.”
 
TOUR DATES*
August 20 at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA

Announcement
06/29/2015