Check ‘Em Out: Braque

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Listen: Braque – V1CES EP

BRAQUE is a UK (London) based multi-instrumentalist, he is also a writer, producer, and most of all artist who creates everything himself.

BRAQUE is part of a loose collective of musicians including the highly acclaimed BASTILLE and RAG N BONE MAN. Having written, produced and set up the BEST LAID PLANS label with both of these artists, BRAQUE now believes the time is right to forge ahead as a solo artist.

Influenced by artists like Prince and Kanye, BRAQUE creates shiny modern pop music with a definite slightly darker edge, underpinned by a strong, soaring vocal and grainy, artful imagery. This is definitely not throwaway bubblegum pop music, but an artist who wants to be taken seriously.

BRAQUE’S vision behind the V1CES EP is that each song encapsulates a vice that we have in our lives. This EP will be the first in a Trilogy and contains two singles, “Secrets” and a cover of Everything But the Girl’s “Miss the Rain”.

If you’re liking these, make sure to check out the whole EP (link above).

 

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Check ‘Em Out: Sophie and the Bom Boms

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“I wrote these songs as if I was talking with my best girlfriends,” says Sophie Stern.

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Listen: Sophie and The Bom Boms – “Pray”

Her identity prior to this evocative new pop incarnation was as sought-after songwriter, earning her bread writing hits for A-listers like Britney Spears, British pop star Conor Maynard, and The Ready Set, among others. But make no mistake – this ain’t no wistful follow-your-dream template that Sophie is cooking up now.

What makes the 4 song offering so upbeat and engaging—besides the toppling beats bracing Stern’s sultry swagger—are the songs, themselves; soulfully primed missives like “Woman” —percolating drums and piano skating over Sophie’s empowering vocals.

“The Bom Boms are my backing band led by producer/multi-instrumentalist David Elevator,” Sophie explains. “He is my writing partner and produces all my songs. It’s always a surprise to me which Bom Boms are going to be at shows or rehearsals.  Sometimes it’s a big band, sometimes it’s just him.”

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Debut Stream: cln – Sideways EP

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Stream: cln – Sideways EP

Sideways is the debut EP from Brisbane’s newest electronic wunderkid cln, featuring five glorious examples of chilled downtempo, electronic bliss.

The EP’s lead single “Better Than” took the world by storm, reaching #1 on Hype Machine within just three days of its release, and amassing over 125,000 plays on Soundcloud since. Following closely behind was the EP’s title-track, which quickly strengthened the anticipation of what else this 19 year old newcomer had up his sleeve.

Also accompanying the EP is an intoxicating remix cln has produced for fellow Brisbane-bred producer, Golden Vessel.

Listen: Golden Vessel – Stairwell (cln Remix)

Upcoming Shows:
Saturday, August 8 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (w/ Willow Beats & Tincture)
Saturday, August 9 – Rabbit Radio’s 2nd Birthday Event, Gold Coast
Saturday, August 16 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday, August 29 – The Zoo, Brisbane (w/ The Aston Shuffle & Just A Gent)
Sideways EP is available now from iTunes

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Free Download: Cashmere Cat – “With Me” (Infuze Remix)

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Listen/download: Cashmere Cat – “With Me” (Infuze Remix)

Continuing a ripping streak of success built off recent hits on the likes Firepower and SMOG Records, he’s put his hands to Cashmere Cat’s “With Me,” with a genre-be-damned, amped-up remix that bears Infuze’s unmistakable signature sound. Starting quiet and building to rapid crescendo, it’s the sort of flip that keeps the best bits about the original intact, while adding a feel to the track that can’t be matched by anyone else.  In a rapidly over-saturating market of “future” sounds, Infuze is sound for sore ears, producing what is really best described as his own style of bass music for a generation of heads wanting more out of the sound.

This Song Is Sick PREMIERE
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Check ‘Em Out: We Are Castor

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Invade & Disco, We Are Castor’s second album release with SectionZ Records, dropped July 21st, and is a unique blend of retro disco style, and a variety of live instruments, with modern glitch-hop. Shattering the boundaries between many genres, We Are Castor is carving out its own place at the crossroads between EDM and more traditional styles of live music.

Influenced by blues, swing, psychedelic-rock, electronica, hip hop and folk, We Are Castor patrols the unseen border between music genres. Led by Adrian Thesen out of Trondheim, Norway, We Are Castor is an electronic music band whose members have individual and eclectic tastes and styles; different tastes and knowledge packaged into one collective story that have resulted in pure musical innovation that your ears will remember long after the first listen.

We Are Castor started out as a solo-project in 2012, named iamCastor. This is when Adrian first started to include guitars, harmonicas and more acoustic instruments. Later that year Adrian connected with Andreas Steen, and the music exploded.

Andreas brought a live sound to Adrian’s production by adding guitar, mandolin, organ and vocals. This inspired Adrian to dream up better material to satisfy Andreas’ fascination with the sound of everything! If there is music in the background, and a car drives by the window, and they share the same note, Andreas will be the first one to point that out.

They met the voice that would round out the band at a breakfast party, where they met the incredibly talented and beautiful Valeria Neira Lillebjerka for the first time. After a mutual friend teased the duo made a beat, wrote some lyrics, opened some bottles of whiskey and wine and she sang “Bon Voyage” in their super-small bedroom. After the recording Adrian and Andreas could not bring themselves to sleep and invited Valeria to the band.

Rounding off the voices of We Are Castor are longtime Jack White and Rolling Stones fan, Kristoffer Støylen Refvik, drummer Håvard Loeng, Magnus Leite on bass, Ada Mathea Hoel on contra-bass.

We Are Castor

 

Listen to the album now!

Invade & Disco Tracklist 
1. Intro
2. Invade & Disco
3. Ulrik’s Bicycle
4. Projects
5. Night
6. West
7. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
8. Monster
9. Aron
10. Drums Feat. Ragga Twins
11. Bataille
12. Through The Fire
13. Bots
14. 7098
15. Laurens & John
16. Grave

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Two New Songs From Angus & Julia Stone

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“Australian siblings Angus & Julia Stone consistently put out spectacular recordings…” — KCRW

“…with the most basic tools, the Stones build something lovely and lasting.” — BBC

“Angus and Julia are truly unique musicians. They are authentic and pure people who do things from the heart.” Rick Rubin

“Grizzly Bear” is Angus and Julia’s latest track to be unveiled from their forthcoming and highly anticipated Rick Rubin produced album Angus & Julia Stone out August 1st (American Recordings/Republic Records).

The melodious and up-tempo, Fleetwood Mac-esque track was written and recorded in California and was brought to life thanks to Rubin’s ears and direction in the studio. As described by Rubin himself, it is the Sydney-born, Californian based siblings own “poetic depth” that carries and makes this album and track so very special.

Watch the video for “A Heartbreak” below.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/06 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/07 – The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
10/08 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
10/10 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/11 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
10/12 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
10/14 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
10/15 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
10/17 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
10/18 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
10/19 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
10/21 – Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/22 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
10/23 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
10/25 – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue – Washington, DC
10/27 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
10/28 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10/29 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

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Newest Love: Intergalactix

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Photo credit: CJ Brion

Hailing from Australia, multi-instrumentalist production duo Intergalactix consists of longtime friends & collaborators Kristian Attard & Serg Dimitrijevic. An interstellar combustion of music, space travel & vintage devices, the two collided at the beginning of 2013 in Los Angeles. Intergalactix have just announced their debut EP, IWSOM - set for release August 12th! IWSOM is a rich & melodic electro-indie record that propels the listener deep into otherworldly dimensions where futuristic-synth-visions reign supreme. You’ll enjoy it if you like Empire of the Sun.

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Listen: Intergalactix – “Tuesday”

IWSOM EP cut “Tuesday” is surefire summer dance hit, filled with infectious vocals, layers of beats & a deliciously catchy anthemic chorus.

Intergalactix have been working behind the scenes for more than a decade on projects with the likes of Cool & Dre, Good Charlotte, Jason Mraz, Heart, Earth Wind & Fire, Kelis, Allen Stone, Ariana Grande & Pras Michel (The Fugees), as well as Aussie heavyweights Jimmy Barnes & PNAU.

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Weezer Reveals First Single From New Album

Weezer has revealed the first single from their forthcoming, highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End.   The song, entitled “Back To The Shack,” is an ebullient, slice of alterna-rock awesomeness.

“Back To The Shack” can be heard for the first time worldwide on radio stations throughout the country beginning on July 21, with the song available to hear via Weezer’s YouTube channel. Following that, “Back To The Shack” will be available for purchase on iTunes as of Tuesday, July 22nd.  And tonight, the band will drop by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to play the song for the first time on television.

Weezer tour dates:
7/24/14            London, ON @ Rock The Park 2014
7/25/14            Belleville, ON @ Empire Rockfest
7/26/14            Rimouski, QC @ Les Grandes Fetes du St-Laurent
8/1/14              Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
8/2/14              Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
8/9/14              Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest PNC Plaza
8/13/14            Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
8/14/14            Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge Casino Resort
8/31/14            Los Angeles, CA @ Made In America
9/6/14              Charlotte, NC @ 106.5 The End presents Weenie Roast ‘14
9/12/14            Paso Robles, CA @ Vino Robles Amphitheatre
9/13/14            Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
9/14/14            Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
9/19/14            Denver, CO @ Riot Fest

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Back Back Forward Punch – Solid Gold (Pat Lok Remix)

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A few weeks ago we were treated to the beautifully haunting downtempo sounds of “Solid Gold,” the brand new single from Melbourne electronic duo Back Back Forward Punch. Accompanying the track was a stunning music video shot and directed by Jimmy Ennett (of Crux Media), together constructing a world of anticipation as their story of unraveling perceptions and coming of age unfolds.

Now here’s a remix of the track from Canadian beat connoisseur Pat Lok, which holds the mood well inside the light with his unrelenting influence of animated disco-house beats, as he explores an uplifting environment where smiling and dancing seem like the only things that ever really mattered.

Listen/download: Back Back Forward Punch – “Solid Gold” (Pat Lok Remix)

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Tame Impala Releases Live Versions

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Tame Impala has released Live Versions, an album of songs selected from a 2013 Chicago Tame Impala concert on Interscope Records. Chief songwriter Kevin Parker chose the 9 tracks for the record based on how different the live versions are from the album versions. Parker’s goal was to give fans something they won’t already have; something they’ve only previously experienced at a Tame Impala show. Songs from this show were recorded by and broadcast on WXRT. Live Versions was originally released on vinyl only as a limited release in celebration of 2014’s Record Store Day and was the highest selling Record Store Day 2014 release. The album will be made widely available via Amazon MP3, iTunes, and Google Play.

Listen to “Mind Mischief” off of Live Versions here

Winning widespread critical acclaim from music publications, and also winning the hearts of music lovers the world over, Tame Impala’s most recent album Lonerism was released in late 2012 and has gone on to sell in excess of 172,000 copies in the United States, and was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The band’s sophomore album, features the hits “Elephant” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” The album reached the #1 spot on the CMJ chart and received wide commercial airplay as well.
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LIVE VERSIONS TRACK LISTING

01. Endors Toi (Live Version)

02. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind (Live Version)

03. Sestri Levante (Live Version)

04. Mind Mischief (Live Version)

05. Desire Be Desire Go (Live Version)

06. Half Full Glass Of Wine (Live Version)

07. Be Above It (Live Version)

08. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Live Version)

09. Apocalypse Dreams (Live Version)

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