Listen: Hustle and Drone – “Evaporated”

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Listen: Hustle and Drone – “Evaporated”

Portland beat based trio Hustle and Drone will release their debut full-length album, HOLYLAND, on September 2nd via Red Bull Sound Select (now available for preorder on iTunes). Having previously revealed their album single “The Glow,” an anthemic summer jam, the band has now unveiled another cut in the form of “Evaporated.” With minimalistic synth lines building to soaring falsetto harmonies, the track sets a darker- albeit equally infectious- tone.

Hustle and Drone was established in February 2012, when keyboardist Ryan Neighbors left Portugal. the Man to pursue his own songwriting. He teamed up with longtime friend Kirk Ohnstad, and the two immediately began recording & writing. Hustle and Drone released its debut, self-titled EP in July of that year. The band decided to record with producer Sonny DiPerri, which marked the beginning of HOLYLAND - spending time at beach houses & their basement in Portland in order to perfectly craft the record. In the summer of 2013, Kirk made his departure from the group- bringing in bassist Andy Black & Ryan Moore.

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Video: Charli XCX – “Break The Rules”

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“Charli XCX and her pop-perfect hooks have been just a little busy for the past two years, propelling artists like Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea up the charts. Now, after the success of “I Love It” and “Fancy,” it’s Charli’s turn to do some hit-making of her own.” —USA TODAY

“If her new song is any indication, ‘Sucker’ could be the British star’s breakout album that ushers her proper arrival.” THE FADER

If Charli XCX’s 2014 had ended yesterday it would have been an unequivocally successful year for the singer/songwriter, but there’s still three and a half months to go, and today, Charli put another notch in the win column with the release of “Break the Rules” — one of the most straightforward songs she’s ever recorded, and one of the best. There’s some Joan Jett in here, and some Skrillex, and it’s fucking awesome. —STEREOGUM

Coming off an exciting weekend at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where the 22 year old singer + songwriter performed her smash single, “Boom Clap” during the pre-show and scored five nominations for her two summer hits (including “Fancy” which she co-wrote with Iggy Azalea); Charli XCX drops a new video for her latest single, “Break the Rules” arriving on her sophomore album, Sucker out October 21st via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records.  The video accompaniment for the sweet rebel anthem features cameos from Rose McGowan as well as gal-pal Kitten front-woman Chloe Chaidez, catch the prom scene here:

“I was inspired by movies like” Jawbreaker” and “Carrie” for the “Break the Rules” video. I never went to prom when I was at school so this was kind of me living out my weird fantasy of what prom would be like in my head. I asked Rose McGowan to be in the video and I never ever thought she would say yes, but she did… so she came to prom too… And she trashed it ;)”

Charli XCX

Over the last 18 months Charli’s rise to international pop stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. From releasing her dark-pop record True Romance in 2013 to a wealth of critical acclaim, Charli has toured the globe with the likes of Coldplay and Ellie Goulding, written and featured on one of 2013’s biggest hits “I Love It” with Swedish duo Icona Pop, co-written and featured on the global, four million-selling hit “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, scored a UK and US Top 10 hit with “Boom Clap” + more.

Boom Clap,” “Fancy” and “I Love It” combined have sold over 14 Million copies worldwide.

North American Headline Tour Dates

  • September 26th – Orlando, FL @ The Social (TICKETS)
  • September 27th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room (TICKETS)
  • September 29th – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live (TICKETS)
  • September 30th – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (TICKETS)
  • October 2nd – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (TICKETS)
  • October 3rd – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts (TICKETS)
  • October 4th – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston (TICKETS)
  • October 7th – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (TICKETS)
  • October 9th – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre (TICKETS)
  • October 10th – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton (TICKETS)
  • October 11th – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall  (TICKETS)
  • October 13th – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (TICKETS)
  • October 14th – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room (TICKETS)
  • October 16th – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs  (TICKETS)
  • October 17th – Austin, TX @ Emo’s (TICKETS)
  • October 18th – Dallas, TX @ Trees (TICKETS)
  • October 20th – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom (TICKETS)
  • October 21st – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues  (TICKETS)
  • October 24th – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre (TICKETS)
  • October 25th – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (TICKETS)

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Video: Intergalactix – “Tuesday”

Over the past couple months, I’ve been gushing over Intergalactix. Now, I’ve got a video to share with you guys!

See previous posts here:

Newest Love – Intergalactix 

Stream Intergalactix’s Debut EP!

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Video: Menace & Lord – “Sun, Moon & Stars , Pt. 1″ (Part 1 of 3)

“We wanted to make a collection of songs that are a soundtrack to the times you lose yourself in the moment…whether it’s in the club, in the sunshine with friends or staring up into the night sky.” – Menace & Lord

Each has individually enjoyed a colorful, successful career within the electronic music industry, but now Kris Menace and Simon Lord have teamed up for an all-new music project simply dubbed Menace & Lord.

In step with their new direction, the pair will release an album on September 15th, and the debut single from the album is the title track “Sun, Moon & Stars, Pt. 1″.

The music video was directed by Rolling Stone Awarded Meeto Worre Kronborg Grevsen from Denmark who says: “When I was first presented to Menace & Lord, I was completely astonished by the feeling of the tracks. For me, they had a sense of magic like the feeling of being in love for the first time. A feeling of the universe coming together around you and a feeling of coexisting with another person and daydreaming. We wanted to create a love story, and we quickly decided to let the video universe evolve over more than one video to get deeper sense of the story and atmosphere.  It’s always a task to make a story fit within a music video, because making a music video is to the create a visual emotion to the music, and often a story is told by words and within a narrative structure that has to make sense somehow.  But I think we found a way to create a sense of a story without making it depend on words and the narrative structure. You should feel the videos rather than understanding it perfectly. And I love the chemistry between the actors.”

This is just the first video of three that will be released for the debut album Sun, Moon and Stars. The next two music videos are just as visually breathtaking as this one, and will be released in the coming months.

Again, from Meeto, “‘Sun, Moon & Stars, Pt. 1’ is the initial video of the trilogy and it should set the atmosphere for all three.  It’s centred around the first meeting and the magic of feeling another person for the first time.  It’s a happy beginning but we put some drops of melancholy in there as well. The sense of nothing last for ever.”

Menace & Lord are defining an all-new path in the electronic music scene so keep an ear out for the revolution.

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YouTube Favorites of NOW Playlist

Here’s my playlist of a few of my current faves — there’s 8 videos totaling 30 minutes of enjoyment!

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Check ‘Em Out: The Well Reds

 
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Here’s an intro to pop rock quartet The Well Reds. These guys have been named “the epitome of pure musical bliss” by The Daily Unsigned and are preparing to release Volume in November 2014. The Atlanta, GA natives just premiered the newest track from the album, “Do You Still Love Me,” an infectiously catchy track reminiscent of Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Maroon 5. 
 
The tune debuted on Indie Shuffle, who called it “a whip-my-hair-back-and-forth singalong track that’ll make every cell in your body wanna do the shimmie.”
 
 

 
 

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The Mystery Is The Green Seed

“Tackling contemporary issues —and universal themes of the heart and home, the multifarious southern hip-hop crew creates a smart, infectious, 13-track LP exuding positivity and self-awareness.” SPIN

“For folks who think the ’90s was Golden Age of hip hop, Birmingham, Alabama group The Green Seed recalls the days of De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Black Star and more.” -Brooklyn Vegan

“Comparing the socially conscious four-man crew’s rhythmic and lyrical dexterity to Ghostface Killah and Kool Keith isn’t stretching too much.” – Nashville Scene

Over the summer, inexplicable commercials have been popping up all over local Birmingham television stations.  The commercials are only a quarter of a minute long, but thanks to the odd imagery involved they have created quite a memorable impact on all who have seen them.

Birmingham residents have been perplexed as to what the commercials were designed to advertise since they were all quite obscure, leaving much to the viewer’s imagination.

The confusion was taken to an all-new level when one of the spots was aired on national television during Late Night with Seth Meyers and Saturday Night Live commercial breaks.

Today, the source of the perplexing commercials has been revealed, and it is not what people expected. Online, many television watchers speculated as to the source with some arguing it was for a comedic sketch show and others saying it was a publicity stunt for some soon to be released product. While all the guesses were good, they were all wrong.

Birmingham, Alabama hip-hop group The Green Seed is the proud source of the surreal commercials.  Each member of the four-piece group (Jean Jefferson, Ted Thompson, Psychic Mike, and Winston James) recorded their own commercial in a viral marketing campaign for their debut full-length album, Drapetomania. The record was released July 15th via Communicating Vessels and is available for purchase now.

In case you missed seeing the commercials on television then you can catch them on the YouTube playlist above. Of course, be sure to dial the number at the bottom of the screen.

The Green Seed is an exciting new act hailing from one of the current most musically fertile cities in the US. Their debut album has gained nationwide critical acclaim and is most definitely one of the best hip-hop albums to have been released this year. Drapetomania is currently at #2 on the CMJ Hip-Hop charts.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Drapetomania wasn’t the product of the Dirty South rather than the blunted grit of J Dilla’s Detroit or the otherworldly productions of Lex Records. But Drapetomania is no homage – it’s a unique blend of heart, laughter, and guts. While the album often contemplates bondage – artistic, romantic, etc. – but, ultimately, it’s a soundtrack to Freedom… And whatever comes next.

If the commercials have you intrigued then the music will have you hooked. Listen to the stream of Drapetomania on Spin now, right here.

While their recorded songs are amazing, there’s nothing quite like seeing these guys live. They’ll be playing a handful of dates in the coming weeks, so check out the tour dates below.

Tour Dates

9/5 in Florence, AL @ 116 Mobile
9/12 in Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
9/19 in Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
10/21-25 in NYC @ CMJ Music Marathon

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Check ‘Em Out: The Hunts

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Cherrytree Records and Interscope Records are pleased to announce that they have signed seven-piece sibling band The Hunts to their roster and have released the group’s major-label debut EP, Life Was Simple. In addition, a video for The Hunts’ current single, “Make This Leap,” premieres today.

The pastoral video for “Make This Leap” was shot in The Hunts’ hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, with a few moments filmed on the family’s actual property. It was directed by Michelle Peerali, who has collaborated with such artists as The Kills, The Cult, The Black Keys, Pyyramids, and Moby. The idyllic location settings beautifully capture the band’s harmony-laced take on alt-folk that’s both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal.

The Hunts have been playing music together almost their entire lives. Ranging from ages 16 to 24, twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison all learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much of their childhood performing throughout their community. After teaching themselves to play instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums, The Hunts began experimenting with songwriting and soon brought to life a batch of songs that reveal their sophisticated sense of melody and dreamy innocence.

Lead single “Make This Leap” is a lilting piece of indie- folk built on layered harmonies, intricately textured acoustic instrumentation, and lyrics that gracefully shift from melancholy to triumphant. With Josh and Jenni taking turns as lead vocalist, The Hunts sustain that dynamic throughout Life Was Simple, often turning their shared memories into songs that capture heartache and wonder with a wide-eyed but wistful elegance.

“Growing up the way we did, we had to learn to make do with what we had, so the stories from that time are incredibly special to us,” says Jessi, who explains that all seven members of The Hunts write each song together. “A lot of the time we write about what we remember from being young — the things we went through that have drawn us together and stuck in our hearts and really made us who we are.”

The Hunts will hit the road for a U.S. tour in September. All upcoming dates are below.

  • 08/23 Wilson, NC                            Barton College
  • 08/29 Norfolk, VA                            Virginia Wesleyan College–Batten Lawn
  • 09/09 Vienna, VA                           Jammin’ Java
  • 09/10 Pittsburgh, PA                      Hard Rock Cafe
  • 09/12 South Burlington, VT          Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
  • 09/13 Boston, MA                           Cafe 939 at Berklee
  • 09/15 New York, NY                       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • 09/16 Malvern, PA                          General Wayne E.S.
  • 09/17 Philadelphia, PA                  World Cafe Live
  • 09/17 Malvern, PA                          Charlestown E.S.
  • 09/18 Carrboro, NC                        Cat’s Cradle – Back Room
  • 09/19 Highland Springs, VA         Henrico Theatre
  • 09/20 Rock Island, IL                      Centennial Hall–Augustana College
  • 09/21 Chicago, IL                            Schubas Tavern
  • 09/23 Columbus, OH                     Rumba Cafe
  • 09/24 Nashville, TN                        High Watt
  • 09/26 Houston, TX                          McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
  • 09/27 Dallas, TX                              Index Festival
  • 09/29 Athens, GA                           Georgia Theatre–Rooftop
  • 09/30 Atlanta, GA                            Vinyl
  • 10/03 Georgetown, TX                   The Cove/Southwestern
  • 10/04 Austin, TX                             Austin City Limits
  • 10/08  Pineville, LA                        Louisana College-outdoor open field
  • 10/10 Montgomery, AL                   Faulkner University
  • 10/11 Roswell, GA                          Roswell Cultural Arts Center
  • 10/17 Madison, WI                          Capitol Theater
  • 10/18 Chippewa Falls, WI             Heyde Center for the Arts
  • 10/19 Spirit Lake, IA                       Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts
  • 10/22 Fulton, MO                            William Woods University
  • 10/24 Brussels, WI                          Southern Door Community Auditorium
  • 10/26 Batavia, IL                             Batavia Fine Arts Centre
  • 10/28 Searcy, AR                            Harding University
  • 11/07 Henderson, TN                     Freed-Hardeman University
  • 11/08 Memphis, TN                        Buckman Performing Arts Center

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Live Show Review: Caught a Ghost

Caught a Ghost

Here’s some education on the band Caught a Ghost —

Jesse Nolan describes the name of his band ‘Caught A Ghost’ as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. “It’s an old expression,” he says, “musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed.”

As the songwriter, producer and lead singer of the band, Nolan is a devotee of music from bygone eras. But he eagerly expounds upon his affection for vintage soul, delta blues, and 90s rap alike. As Nolan explains, “It’s definitely like being possessed. It’s an obsession. What’s not to be obsessed about? I don’t think it makes me unique, it makes me human.”

What does make Nolan unique is his musical dexterity (he plays all of the instruments on his recordings except horns and some of the drums) combined with the effortlessness with which he seems to pull from many different genres. His music recalls influences from the soul and rock n’ roll traditions (Stax, Motown, Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones) yet still feel distinctly modern with references to hip-hop and electronic recordings from the 90s to contemporary tracks.

Anyone who has seen Caught a Ghost play live can testify to that notion that in addition to playing high energy shows with as many as nine musicians and various dancers onstage, the group often makes use of projections and performance art as a means of shaking people out of their comfort zones.

When I went to see these guys jam out earlier this month, it turned out to be one of my favorite shows. The energy and the NEED to dance is immense. I liked that the show was a little bit more intimate, too. The venue is a big one, but the show that night was off in a corner of the building by the bar. If you are into Fitz and the Tantrums, I think you’ll highly benefit from checking out Caught a Ghost. If they’re playing in your city, definitely go see them live.

Here’s 2 audio recordings from the show. The quality is bad, this is know; and you have to turn it up to be able to really get into their jam sessions. But, I couldn’t help it! I had to share them with you because the energy was awesome. I never said I was an audio recording expert.

The band’s album Human Nature is out now.

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Listen: Bear Hands – “Giants” (Adrian Lux Remix)

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Listen: Bear Hands – “Giants” (Adrian Lux Remix)

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