"Baby, I'm Gone" is just the start for SONTALK as he prepares for both his debut album as well as nearly 40 newly-announced tour dates. He'll begin the New Year with a Chicago performance at Tomorrow Never Knows Festival supporting indie-pop act Yoke Lore before a string of dates alongside Bronze Radio Return and appearances at Savannah Stopover Music Festival and SXSW. SONTALK will hit the road again at the start of April, supporting artist Telekinesis on a month-long North American tour, with stops at renowned venues including Rough Trade (Brooklyn), U Street Music Hall (Washington DC), The Basement (Nashville), Café Du Nord (San Francisco) and more. For the latest in touring news and ticketing information please visit SONTALKmusic.com.
Nov 29, 2018
The gloomy atmospheres seem a long time distant now, as his musical writing opens up embracing free harmonies and catchy melodies, hard to tag, while they move along the trail already traced by the late Flaming Lips, Glen Johnson’s Piano Magic and the most imaginative psych-pop.
Nov 27, 2018
Bradford’s friendly neighbourhood psychedelic rockers FLING take a different direction on lovelorn slow-burner Je T’Aime, a classic piece of song-writing, partially crooned in French. The video however is beholden to their mind-melting psychedelic roots, a surreal dreamscape carries the quintet's sonic exploration seamlessly.
Nov 25, 2018
Red Eye aim to address the lack of protest songs that exists today, compared with the rich tapestry of protest songs and singers of the past. To quote Patti Smith, "it is important ... to communicate, to wake people up ... We all have a voice. We have a responsibility to exercise it, to use it."
inspired by Heaven 17’s ‘(We Don’t Need No) Fascist Groove Thing’, the challenge was on to make a far more up beat track compared with the previous Red Eye songs/melancholic ballads. The result was ‘Get Up And Fight’.
My objective when writing it, was targeting apathy rather than advocating violence. It’s aimed at protesting, mobilising and creating a physical and visual opposition to injustice. As Billy Bragg once wrote “wearing badges is not enough on days like these”. These days, neither is a website/internet petition - we need to “Get Up and Fight”.
In the wake of his debut album release, Maximilien adds the finishing touch to the electronic temple he started building with Please Stay last September. The French producer unveils L'aurore, his final single in a stunning live sessions format.
Through the eye of director Gilles Pensart, L'aurore accurately illustrates what artists feel while writing alone with their instruments, then slowly drift off into hearing a fully completed song in their mind's ear, only to be back in their room at end.
Nov 24, 2018
'Valour Valour' is the second single of the Finnish rock n roll band 'Pastis' upcoming debut LP 'Circles' (release 8th February 2019 by Stupido Records). It was recorded and co-produced by the award-winning producer Lauri Eloranta, and it also features trumpet virtuoso Antero Priha who has performed with the likes of Ray Charles, Carla Bley and Freddie Hubbard.
Crawley is no stranger to touring, having travelled the world extensively (including her native New Zealand and current homebase, Australia) as a solo artist and in support of big names in music like Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Suzanne Vega, Kimbra, and Marlon Williams.
IVAN & THE PARAZOL, a four-piece Budapestian band carrying the spirit of 70s glam-rock and incorporation of modern psych-rock instrumentation, making for an amalgam reminiscent of a Brian May-Kevin Parker compound, with their flamboyant guitar solos and overdriven octave-pedals on guitars. The Budapest-based band have explored many facets of the live world during the last few years – performing a number of times at SXSW, CBGB, Reeperbahn, main-staging the Sziget Festival, supporting Deep Purple at their Budapest stop of their arena tour, fresh off their 2017 support Rival Sons tour, while also attaining an MTV EMA award-winners for Best Central European Act; the band are by no-means finding their feet in regards to rearing their stylistic sound.
After numerous UK tour dates playing headline shows, while gaining some serious acclaim from the likes of Tom Robinson, Louder Than War and many more with his bands The Loose Hearts and Wild Rossa And The ’88, LAPP now deviates in style, moving further towards a classification in the realms of alt-R&B. Still featuring emotive yowls and telling tales of the human condition, LAPP now pulls his style of songwriting toward a strong focus on distinctively digitised terrains of instrumentation, producing something entirely new.
“CPA III” is the debut single from Cornish improv noise trio Mildred Maude. The band formed after bassist Lee Wade was booed offstage at a John Peel Day gig, almost died from cancer, and spent remission finding new musicians in shipping containers. The result is a band exploring music together ‘in the moment’, with one never-ending, continually evolving song (CPA). CPA III is a captured moment of that song.
In just a handful of gigs, Mildred Maude have played shows with Bonnacons of Doom, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Gwenno, and supported The Fall at one of Mark E. Smith’s last gigs. The band have also performed as ‘sound carriers’ for Damo Suzuki (Can).
Nov 20, 2018
"Catchy, memorable, lively and positive... Clark Twain’s approach to classic pop stylings, combined with several innovations, puts him in a league above as far as debuts go... this is the kind of stuff that Virgin is now made of" – Louder Than War
Arm in Arm are artists Eliza Jacobs and Luke Moore-Martin. The Melbourne duo is all about creating solidarity through underground house music rooted in deep melodic sounds with soul. It’s with this honest desire to connect that the release of their single Nightfly attracted esteemed veterans Booka Shade to remix and release their timeless single.
Nov 19, 2018
Nov 18, 2018
Nairobi-based rapper & producer Bill shot this surreal new video for trap-influenced single 'Don't Worry' at Detroit's Heidelberg community art project (https://www.heidelberg.org/). Bill filmed with leading Kenyan director & Andrew Mageto, when the pair had some down time whilst in Detroit to give a talk on Afrofuturism.
Boo! New music by Soccer Cousins is out today! Celebrate Halloween with the NYC harmony-punk trio's "Lazy Bones"! Of all the band's catalog, it carries the spookiest title. It's about a pleasant autumn stroll, but the punch of this power-pop will make you want to pogo
Daddy Lion was originally Jeremy Joseph's lo-fi bedroom pop solo project. With his self-titled debut EP and his full-length follow-up Habitat, Jeremy gained the attention from many blogging and other press outlets including NPR Music, The Washington Post, Popdose, and Washington City Paper, and signed a record deal with 24 Hour Service Station Records.
Doug Burr is a modern day troubadour. His stock and trade is in the singer / song writer world, though his last record Pale White Dove found him more electric and frenzied. A few years have passed since then, and Mr. Burr now returns with a new single that might even qualify as a pop song.
Nights Like Thieves is a melodic, emo, punk and rock band based out of Southern California. Featuring four musicians with longstanding history in the punk and rock scenes in both the West and Mexico, their sound varies from an upbeat, intricate and melodic vibe to slower, more rhythmically-charged pace. Through combined years of experience, Nights Like Thieves function like a well-oiled machine – impressively, efficiently, and powerfully.
Kenton Chen’s warm silky vocals, enchanting modern R&B melodies and instrumentation. As a gay Asian second generation immigrant, Chen grew up feeling isolated, constantly hiding behind masks to protect himself. In Bridesmen, he aspires to uncover these masks in an effort to live a boundless and truthful life.
Nov 16, 2018
"Wistful dreamlike quality underpinned by a sharp and often melancholic tone.. complexity of execution, as moments of energised vigour contrast with the space and subtlety that is the pervasive quality in most of the songs" – The Punk Lounge
Nov 13, 2018
In writing for This Night Falls Forever, Urata tapped directly into his past, connecting the dots between that audience-and-artist relationship and a period of intense self-discovery. As for the album's title, Urata was inspired by yet another period of transition, albeit one that occurs each and every day: the passing of day into night. It's a fitting motif for his process, a constant reminder that toil eventually makes way for transport. "I wanted to capture that moment of twilight falling, where there's electricity in the air and you get that sense that everything is going to be OK."
Sat/Sun 11/16-17 - Estes Park, CO - The Stanley Hotel
Sun Nov 25-Mon Dec 3 - Europe
Thu 12/6 - New York, NY - Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel *
Sat 12/8 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (The Hall) *
Sun 12/9 - Somerville, MA - ONCE Ballroom *
Wed 12/12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
Thu 12/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
Sun/Mon 12/30-31 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater *
* Newly announced
Based out of Brooklyn, NY and making music for seven years, Hawk and Dove have been writing and touring and making community wherever they can. They have just finished their latest album, Our Childhood Heroes, that describes one man's miracle cure adventure - to address his failing young [early onset Parkinson's] brain, while also looking at our generational search for luxury and ease at the expense of other people's further-away-lives.
Xtra Mile Recordings is excited to announce that Wisconsin-based Trapper Schoepp's new album, Primetime Illusion, will be released worldwide on January 25, 2019. Produced in Milwaukee by Pat Sansone (Wilco, Robyn Hitchcock), Primetime Illusion sees Schoepp reaching for his own place in the canon with a truly remarkable collection of character-driven songs and stories, a carefully etched series of sonic snapshots in which people we all know struggle to fulfill their own American dream. The album also features a co-write with Bob Dylan called, "On, Wisconsin." Rolling Stone premiered the song today alongside a Q&A with Schoepp, and the state of Wisconsin shot a mini documentary about it.
28 - Brighton Concorde 2
United Kingdom - Leg 1
1 - Norwich Arts Centre
2- Southampton 1865
6 - Bristol Fleece
7 - Glasgow King Tuts
8 - Leeds Key Club
9 - Leicester Academy
13 - Berlin SO36
14 - Kiel Orange Club
15 - Erfurt Kalif Storch
16 - Prague Futurum
17 - Nurnberg Der Hirsch
19 - Frankfurt Batschkapp
20 - Wien Arena
21 - Munich Strom
22 - Bern Bierhubeli
23 - Zurich Dynamo
26 - Paris La Maroquinerie
27 - Rouen Le 106
28 - Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
29 - Cologne Stollwerk
30 - Antwerp Kavka
United Kingdom - Leg 2
3 - Edinburgh The Mash House
4 - Newcastle Riverside
5 - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
6 - Manchester Club Academy
10 - Cambridge Junction
11 - London Electric Ballroom
Unafraid to explore the nonchalant brute in all of us, this intrepid born Sydney sider still remains the honest and boundless romantic who’s passion and delivery never leaves a set unhinged. Lisa Caruso drives a tight indie force with fury and affection, promising to only produce wholehearted, kick-ass music.
Nov 12, 2018
“…’The River,’ an inspirational, anthemic, emotionally charged song that puts KT's immediately recognizable voice at center stage. At once, it grabs you with a synth hook for a few quick seconds before KT's powerful voice takes over. The song builds with rocking, rhythmic guitar textures and an infectious chorus that you always expect from her. "The River" powerfully delivers on the promise of the album's concept. The guitars rock and the subject matter touches on salvation, sin and being saved.” – NPR
Nov 11, 2018
The first look at 2019… Sounds pretty damn cool.
It's been a long time since we found albums that sounded like the bands we liked so much, slovenly, fresh, fun, elegant. Do you remember what you felt listening to Pavement, Beat Happening, The Feelies or The Chills? That’s what Dick Diver, Twerps or Nap Eyes are bringing us now.
HANDSOME JACK U.S. TOUR DATES
with All Them Witches
Nov 9 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
Nov 10 The Casbah San Diego, CA
Nov 13 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Nov 15 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Nov 16 Freakout Festival Seattle, WA
Nov 17 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Nov 19 Neurolux. Boise, ID
Nov 20 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 21 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Nov 23 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO
Nov 24 Blueberry Hill Duck Room St. Louis, MO
“Handsome Jack sounds like the band that just moved in next door from 1971. The retro-minded trio returns with ‘City Girls,’ a countrified bit of rock 'n' roll that could have crawled from FM radio in its dawning moments, slithered right out of your speakers and into your record collection. With zero pretention and 100 percent dedication Handsome Jack has built a loyal following with its no frills live shows and songs that speak to the heart of everyone.” – Jedd Beaudoin - POPMATTERS
Many songs utilize imagery and sampled material associated with esoteric, supernatural, and generally transcendental experiences and themes. This came about as a natural extension of what has consistently excited me about listening to and creating music - the mystical associations it has with altered states of consciousness and heightened human awareness. Effective music (and art) has an unparalleled capability to elevate our engagement with reality - this is evident to anyone who has had transcendent and surreal experiences through live performance, or just through solitary instances such as appreciating the harmony of ones external surroundings and what they are listening to in their headphones.
Yellow House picks up where my previous project left off in the ongoing construction of my own personal mythology and symbology derived from the most meaningful and transformative forces in my life. Last year, an emblem of my childhood, my grandparent’s yellow house in Sweden, was sold and repainted, forever altered. As if predestined, that same year my friends and significant other rented out a new yellow house - in physical terms, this is where I spent the last year writing and recording this album (and parts of the last), but in a larger sense, the yellow house represents the synchronous, cyclical patterns the trajectories of our lives seem to adhere to: nothing is ever truly here, and nothing is ever truly gone – leaving and returning, reoccurring.
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 8, 2018
“‘I’ll Stay’ is a particularly dark, emotional song that I was keen to reimagine with my live band, especially with the addition of string players,” explains Saint Clair, “I enlisted the help of my sister Tam as director who has an amazing eye and knew exactly how to encapsulate the epic yet intimate nature of the song.” Speaking about the live video, director Tamsin says: “We wanted to expose and highlight the raw emotion at the core of this live version of the song. We wanted the music and the visual movements to build cohesively to a climax, moving out of darkness into hope and finally relief.”
"...rhythmic electronics and lush soundscapes."
"...a chillingly spellbinding experience." - Earmilk
For Fans of... James Blake, Jamie Woon, SOHN
Ambient electronic artist DYVR has now shared the compelling new video for his latest single Shameful, out now. The video premiered exclusively on Attitude Magazine where DYVR opened up about his fluid sexuality, challenging gender stereotypes and how wearing nail polish could make a person feel uncomfortable. DYVR elaborates “I found it amazing how something so simple as nail polish could make a person feel uncomfortable. That kind of motivated me you know? Like, 'Screw you I'll dress how I want!'. Shameful became a kind of anthem for that motivation."
Nov 7, 2018
“Filmed on the Isle of Wight, by some of my favourite people featuring more of my favourite people. ‘What Do Girls Want?’ wish they could skate and make a bedroom in the back of a Citroen Berlingo? Maybe not, but that’s just me. This was so much fun to film, and locks in on the character I hope the track has. Huge thanks to Skinny Mammoth Productions, Wight Trash Skateboards, Martha Egg, Doug Richards and Dougie Newell.”
Leeds based electronic-pop trio PEAKES return with a stunning reflection on isolation and loneliness in the form of their new single 'Still Life'. The single once again shows off the bands ability to find beauty in negative space; singer Molly Puckering's vocal glides effortlessly around the minimal electronic production adding an emotional, human focus to the synthetic surroundings.
Nov 6, 2018
This is Christopher Suda from the band Probably The Tornado and I am reaching out to you about our first release that came out today entitled Family Portrait. We are a two-piece instrumental outfit based out of Birmingham, Alabama. We have been playing together for years through different projects, but this is the one that got us to play music from the get go. We started this project in 2006 and took a hiatus until 2011, and then took another one. and on October 31 of this year we released our first record.
Nov 5, 2018
Nov 4, 2018
“Maddie Ross‘ sophomore EP, “Touch Hands, Touch Bodies”, is a nuanced journey through the complexities and revelations that come with realising that not only are you gay, but that you’re in love with your best friend. ”
— Rachael Scarsbrook, HighClouds, 10/24/18
Girl Gaze entered the studio in the early months of 2018. They brought with them a love of 60s girl groups, vocal harmonies, jazz, and basement sessions, where they’d play cover songs by their favorite musicians. They emerged early in the summer with an album that pivots from the sounds of Dolly Mixture and Everything But The Girl to The Flirtations and Liz Story. It’s a record that captures a band working out their sound to startling effect; it combines just the right amount of polish with the perfect degree of naiveté.
Only One Left is an album of endings and beginnings, rooted in Isaiah's native Montreal, but also the countries where he travelled, a drifter in unfamiliar places as an outsider looking in. The music itself signals a new phase in the career of this artist – ever searching and deeply committed to the old craft of songwriting and experimenting with new forms of musical expression.
Nov 3, 2018
"Grace Slick is the goddess of psych rock. There’s a movement happening right now in LA that I feel part of. So many women leading their own unique rock genre. I feel invincible singing Grace’s lyrics. I feel the palpable energy of all the musicians in the room when singing “White Rabbit”. It’s one of those songs that gives life." - Lauren Ruth Ward
As is typical of the band, The Ocean Party opted to record the music in a concentrated space of time and for their location chose a community hall they had spied while touring. The Oddfellows’ Hall in the rural New South Wales town of Yass lent a familiar homeliness to a band whose ties wind back to high-school in rural Australia. Set up in the open space of the 1880’s wooden-floored community hall the band introduced each other to their material for the first time and came away a week later with The Oddfellows’ Hall.
"Absolutely loving this, thats brand new and extremely good for you" – Don Letts, BBC 6
"This is indeed amazing - this is Rude Audio" – Andrew Weatherall
"Rude Audio might not be a household name in the electronic music world, but it may just become one if they continue making music of this caliber... a seamless hypnotic Balaeric spell" – Overblown Magazine
The EP represents a progression from Rude Audio's latest 'Rudest' EP. More hooks, more chug, and more Middle Eastern and Indian influences, while retaining an underlying commitment to the dubby end of the spectrum. Inspired by the more open-minded dancefloors proliferating in south and east London, where world music might brush up against techno, dub and indie dance, the 'Rude Redux' EP operates between 108 and 120 BPM – fast enough to dance to, slow enough to let the music breathe.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, some of Jenni Cochran’s earliest memories are of writing songs. Returning to the USA after working in Vietnam for a few years, she met Aaron Craker (guitar, keys, vocals) who was performing with his band Dr. Vitamin. The two immediately bonded over their shared love of Elliott Smith and The Beatles. They formed Frederick The Younger a few years later, releasing their first full length record “Human Child” in 2017.