Stream Kopecky’s New Album

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Kopecky’s upcoming second full-length album Drug for the Modern Age is now available to stream on SPIN, who describe the record as “a collection of melodic tunes that prove pop can be deeply intimate and fiercely energetic at the same time.” To be released on Tuesday May 19 via ATO Records, DFTMA is also available for pre-order on the band’s official store and iTunes.

Stream: Kopecky – Drug for the Modern Age

Tour Dates:
5/14 at Camp House in Chattanooga, TN
5/15 at Vinyl in Atlanta, GA
5/17 at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
5/19 at Basement in Nashville, TN
5/22 at Live Oak in Fort Worth, TX
5/25 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA
5/26 at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA
5/29 at Bottlerock Festival in Napa, CA
5/31 at Sainte Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA
6/1 at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ
6/4 at Wakarusa in Ozark, AR
6/5 at Wanderlust Festival in Snowshoe, WV
6/6 at KINK on the Waterfront in Portland, OR
6/12 at MidPoint Music Fest in Cincinnati, OH
6/13 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL
6/16 at Vega in Lincoln, NE
6/18 at Vanguard in Tulsa, OK
6/20 at Turf Club in Minneapolis, MN
6/26 at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
6/27 at WYEP’s Summer Music Festival in Pittsburgh, PA
7/26 at XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ
8/8 at Chateau Morrisette Winery in Floyd, VA
9/18 at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, VA

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Albert Hammond Jr. – New Song + Tour Dates

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Listen: Albert Hammond Jr. – “Born Slippy”

Today, Albert Hammond Jr. is pleased to share plans to release his third solo album, and first in five years, entitled Momentary Masters. The album’s name derives from a phrase in astronomer Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space – a notion that underscores the truism that every triumph is fleeting.

“I feel like the best songs I’ve written, as soon as I was done, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I did it!’ But in that split second that it comes, that feeling goes,” Hammond Jr. explains. “It’s the same thing when you find complete happiness, you find this complete low. I feel like that’s what being creative is: It’s you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.” And Albert has done just that. In a recent interview with Paper Mag, Hammond Jr. discusses his new domesticity and it’s influence on his third record. “He’s cleaned up, gotten hitched, and moved from the city to upstate New York, but hasn’t lost the ability to create soaring rock riffs and catchy hooks.”

Due to drop on July 31st in the US via Vagrant/BMG, Momentary Masters serves as a follow up to 2006’s Yours To Keep and 2008’s ¿Cómo Te Llama?  “We’re huge fans of Albert Hammond Jr.’s and are excited to be working with him on his best effort yet,” says Jon Cohen EVP of Recorded Music for Vagrant/BMG.

Recorded in Hammond Jr.’s home in upstate New York in a converted barn he calls One Way Studios, Albert created Momentary Masters alongside guitarist Hammarsing Kharhmar (Mon Khmer), guitarist Mikey Hart (Bleachers), bassist Jordan Brooks, and drummer Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve, Marc Ribot). The sessions were extremely relaxed which encouraged space for creativity and collaboration. The result offers a new kind of dynamism: you can hear it in “Power Hungry,” with its Morricone-esque grooves and a Mellotron manipulated to sound like violins; or in the aggressive stomp and anxiety-inducing guitars of “Caught By My Shadow.” Even on “Side Boob” – titled so because, hey, why not celebrate a good thing? – there’s a jittery energy that leaves the listener excited.

Momentary Masters is a record that reflects on missed opportunities, choices made, wasted time, and paths not chosen. He calls it “a love letter to my past self.” The music might be largely buoyant-spry, breezy guitar lines locking together and dancing apart – but melancholy frequently seeps into even the sunniest of toplines. It’s a record of acceptance, too. Tucked in the songs is an exploration of the reconciliation of two halves: the best self that you present to others, and the self that slips through and lies exposed when your guard drops.

Albert Hammond Jr. will be on tour in North America from the beginning of September until the beginning of November. All dates (except fests) are on pre-sale beginning today directly via Albert’s website.  A full list can be found below.

Momentary Masters Track List

1. Born Slippy

2. Power Hungry

3. Caught By My Shadow

4. Coming To Getcha

5. Losing Touch

6. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

7. Razors Edge

8. Touche’

9. Drunched In Crumbs

10. Side Boob

Albert Hammond Jr. On Tour

May 27 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound

September 09 Pittsburgh, PA @Brillobox

September 10 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop

September 12 St. Louis, MO @ Loufest

September 13 Lawrence, KS @The Bottleneck

September 15 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

September 16 Detroit, MI @ Shelter

September 17 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

September 19 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

September 20 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

September 21 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom

September 26-27 Washington DC @ Landmark Festival

September 29 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl Restaurant & Lounge

September 30 Nashville, TN @ Exit In

October 02 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

October 02-04 Austin, TX @ ACL Festival

October 05 Houston, TX @ HOB Bronze Peacock

October 06 Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room

October 07 Norman, OK @ Opolis

October 08 Little Rock, AK @ Juantias

October 9-11 Austin, TX @ ACL Festival

October 12 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

October 13 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory – Constellation Room

October 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

October 16  San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

October 25 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

October 26 Vancouver, BC @ Venue

October 27 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

October 29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

October 30 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen

October 31 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

November 02 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

November 03 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

November 04 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

November 06 Columbus, OH @ The Basement

November 07 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

 

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Listen: Patrick James – “California Song”

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Listen: Patrick James – “California Song”

Originally hailing from Port Macquarie, on Australia’s New South Wales coast – Patrick James earned his performance stripes after moving to Sydney and becoming a regular on the street busking circuit. Through this constant performance to transient and preoccupied crowds, Patrick was able to develop a unique ability to captivate audiences with only his guitar and a microphone.

After releasing his debut EP “All About To Change” in 2013, and follow up EP “Broken Lines” in 2014, Patrick sold out headlines shows throughout Australia and New Zealand multiple times, as well as supported some incredible artists including Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke, The Paper Kits, Emma Louise + more. As well as widespread stellar reviews of both EP’s and building attention from his performances, Patrick has also had singles “All About To Change” and “Brighter Lights” featured in Australian TV dramas “Wonderland” and “Offspring”.

An honest and true songsmith with an innate flair for soft acoustics, stirring harmonies and a heavy-hearted lyric, Patrick James is a songwriter in purest form – once again showcased with new single “California Song”. Self-produced with a more mature and defined sound, “California Song” provides a refreshing and uplifting experience combining a driving beat, washed out synths, and the vocals Patrick has become known for.

“The song is about starting up again, making mistakes, forbidden love and finding a new path and following it, even if you don’t know where you’ll end up…the lyrics “Meet me in California” is meant to suggest wanting to be in a place where your slate is clean and there is only you and the one you love, and that’s all that matters for that moment in time”. – Patrick James

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Stream The Dead Ships EP

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Last year, I posted a track from LA’s The Dead Ships called “Canyon” which you can check out here. I also have another of their tracks on my SoundCloud “likes” — that song is “Floorboards” which you can check out here. Or, you can just stream the whole EP over at Consequence of Sound here.

The Dead Ships will release EP I next Tuesday, May 5th. The full EP, produced by Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning.

Having racked up praise from local outlets like the LA Times, Buzz Bands LA, DoLA & more for their high-energy live show, The Dead Ships play Chicago’s Empty Bottle tonight before heading to Toronto for Canadian Music Week, sharing stages with acts like King Tuff & Twin Peaks (see below for details.)

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EP I Track Listing:
1. Big Quiet
2. Canyon
3. Floorboards
4. Citycide
5. Seance
6. Tomorrow’s Crashes
7. Canyon (Radio Edit)

Upcoming Shows:
5/1: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (w/ R. Ring) – more info
5/7: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (w/ King Tuff, Twin Peaks) – 9pm (more info)
5/8: Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club – 10pm (more info)
5/9: Toronto, ON @ Cameron House
5/9: Toronto, ON @ Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘N’ Rolla Cabaret – 12am

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Surfer Blood Tour & Benefit Concert For Thomas Fekete

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Today Surfer Blood reveal its full national headline tour in support of 1000 Palms, the band’s third full-length and first release with acclaimed indie imprint Joyful Noise out May 12th. In addition to the upcoming 30+ date tour (listed in full below) the band also announces details of a NYC benefit show for guitarist Thomas Feteke’s cancer treatment May 12th at Bowery Ballroom (album release day).

Surfer Blood have organized a benefit concert for their guitarist Thomas Fekete, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.  Friends of Thomas will join Surfer Blood for special performances at Bowery Ballroom (New York) on Tuesday, May 12.  Performers will include Julianna Barwick, Kip Berman (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), DJ Allen Blickle (Alpaca), Andy Boay (Tonstartssbandht), Cults, POP ETC (acoustic), Marnie Stern & The Figs (w/ members of Les Savy Fav & Girls Against Boys), We Are Scientists. More about Thomas at:  http://www.surferblood.com/thomas

1000 Palms is the band’s return to indie label life after a frustrating experience on Warner Bros. The new record – which features stunners such as “Dorian”, newly-revealed track “Island” and first single “I Can’t Explain” – was written and recorded at home entirely by the band, free of major label tinkering.  The record is Surfer Blood at its most adventurous and carefree.

Today also sees the reveal of the first video from the album for lead single “I Can’t Explain” – which you can check out below. Speaking of the video, Surfer Blood’s John Paul Pitts provided insight on the track and making of:

“The lyrics to “I Can’t Explain” are about a romantic encounter on a New Year’s Eve, so we wanted the video to show the events of a New Year’s party sped up.  We ended up slowing down the song to half-tempo and choreographing all the background action in real time.  This way the movement would appear to be sped up when played back at the normal tempo.  Thankfully a lot of our friends showed up to help, I think a lot of them wanted an opportunity to throw cake at each other in their favorite bar… The video concept was created by our friend Ates Isildak: a local musician, videographer, promoter and clairvoyant.”

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SURFER BLOOD NATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR
5/8: Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
5/9: Richmond, VA @ The Camel
5/10: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
5/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/12: Bowery Ballroom – Thomas Feteke Benefit Show
5/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
5/15: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
5/16: Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge
5/18: Akron, OH @ Musica
5/19: Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise Recordings
5/20: Lansing, MI @ The Loft
5/21: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
5/22: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/23: Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
5/24: Madison, WI @ The Frequency
5/26: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/27: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room (Outdoors)
5/28: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
5/29: Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square
5/30: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
6/8: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
6/10: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/11: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile Cafe
6/12: Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
6/13: Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
6/15: Provo, UT @ Velour Live Music Gallery
6/16: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
6/19: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
6/20: San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
6/25: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
6/26: Charlotte, NC @ Fountain Plaza
6/27: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
7/11: Columbus, OH @ Seventh Son Brewing Co.
7/17: Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Dogfish Head Brew Pub
7/18: Frederick, MD @ Flying Dog Brewery

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Newest Love: Psymon Spine

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Check out this great new band Psymon Spine. Last week they released their synth-driven, ethereal first single “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels”.

The song will be found on the bands’ new self-titled EP, which was produced by Graham Dickson (Crystal Fighters) and will be seeing a release via Axis Mundi Records on May 19th.

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Listen: Psymon Spine – “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels” 

Listen: Psymon Spine – “Shocked”

Psymon Spine’s music is, metaphorically speaking, like a stroll through a rainforest at night with a safe place to return to. Beauty permeates, but there are a thousand ways to die around every corner. Peace and violence are interdependent, and while the full emotional spectrum resides within it, the end goal is optimistic – like the euphoria that follows physical exhilaration.

The songs that make up the new Psymon Spine EP are extremely dualistic by nature, partnering fuzzy synths with lush vocal harmonies, and spastic beats with flowing string arrangements. The bands’ music is like a stroll through a rainforest at night with a safe place to return to. Beauty permeates, but there are a thousand ways to die around every corner. Peace and violence are interdependent, and while the full emotional spectrum resides within it, the end goal is optimistic – like the euphoria that follows physical exhilaration.

Psymon Spine penned “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels” while in transit through Paris in the midst of headlining a European tour (while still college freshmen!), and it was after a show in London that Psymon Spine was offered their first record deal. Soon after that, Parisian imprint Kitsuné asked Psymon Spine to remix Is Tropical’s “Dancing Anymore” (stream), who declared it their favorite mix of the track.

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The Flaming Lips Take Over Howard Stern’s Channel Tonight!

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TODAY IS THE DAY!  Howard Stern, the King of All Media is surrendering his SiriusXM radio studio to THE FLAMING LIPS today. Fred Armisen will host the show as previously announced.

Click here to catch a sneak peek right now!!!

The Lips will perform songs from their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album With A Little Help From My Fwends, as well as other predictably unpredictable surprises.  The special premieres tonight at 11pm ET / 8pm PT on Howard Stern‘s exclusive SiriusXM channel Howard101, on the SiriusXM App, as well as online at http://www.siriusxm.com/.  Check for repeats throughout the weekend!

With A Little Help From My Fwends, was released October 28th from Warner Bros. Records. The band has recorded their own versions of each track on The Beatles’ 1967 classic in their own inimitable style, with help from special friends Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, J. Mascis, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Grace Potter, Electric Würms (THE LIPS side project, who recently released their 6-song debut album titled, Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk) and many others.  Click here to purchase.

All proceeds from sales of THE LIPS current album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, will be donated to The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the band’s hometown of Oklahoma City that assists low-income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.

 

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Listen: The M Machine – Just Like (CRNKN Remix)

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Listen: The M Machine – Just Like (CRNKN Remix)

Los Angeles rising talent CRNKN has made a name for himself with his masterful remixes and versatility across multiple genres. He just flipped The M Machine’s house music staple “Just Like” into a relaxed bass anthem, out tomorrow on OWSLA with the rest of the Just Like Remixes from The M Machine featuring other cuts from Manila Killa, Worthy, Evil Nine and Kazimier.

Catch The M Machine on tour with Madeon now.

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Free Download: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (Ferry Corsten Remix)

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Listen/download: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (Ferry Corsten Remix)

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness has shared Ferry Corsten’s remix of his Top 15 Alternative Chart topper “Cecilia and the Satellite”. The track merges Corsten’s singular trance sound with Andrew’s soaring vocals for a shimmery dance jam that opens into the original’s inspiring chorus.

McMahon’s self-titled album, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, is out now on Vanguard Records. The disc had smashing Top 5 debuts upon release where it was #2 on the iTunes Alt Albums chart, #3 on the Billboard Indie Albums chart, #4 on the Billboard Alt Albums chart and #5 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will also play several festival dates along with some one-off shows this summer, including Big Guava Festival and Firefly. All current tour dates are listed below.

TOUR DATES

04/25/15 – Frisco, TX @ Toyota Stadium (102.1 Edgefest)
05/03/15 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion (DC 101 Kerfuffle)
05/08/15 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (Big Guava)
05/30/15 – Virginia Beach, VA @ 17th Street Park (Patriotic Festival)
06/07/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park (Alt 103 ALT-imate Birthday)
06/18/15 – Dover, DE @ The Woodlands (Firefly Music Festival)
06/19/15 – Richmond, VA @ The National w/ X Ambassadors & Grizfolk
06/21/15 – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain (92.1 FUZZ Fest)
06/23/15 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft w/ X Ambassadors
06/25/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest 2015
06/26/15 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s w/ X Ambassadors
07/10/15 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
07/11/15 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater (KTCL Channel 93.3’s Big Gig)
07/25/15 – Kansas City, KS @ Sporting Park (96.5 The Buzz Beach Ball)
09/01/15 – Tokyo, JP @ Club Quattro
09/02/15 – Osaka, JP @ Soma
09/04/15 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik
09/06/15 – Columbus, OH @ Arena District (Fashion Meets Music Festival)

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Newest Love: Summer Hearts

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Check out Swedish lo-fi solo artist Summer Heart (David Alexander). Expect hazy, sun-bleached tracks that are romantically swoon-worthy.

If you liked “Sleep”, check out the whole EP here.

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