Check ‘Em Out: Renders – “I Am Gone”


Kelly McMichael, aka RENDERS, pours her sensitive heart into this debut single, “I Am Gone”. Asserting herself in the discourse of pop music, Renders is a love letter to herself and the state of moving on.

Check out the track, described on SoundCloud as “sounds like Solange and Robyn making out in Washed Out’s studio.”

LOVE the intro. The song was produced by Mark Andrade of the band Paradise Animals (which you should also check out HERE).

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Unreleased Tracks for Thomas Fekete Benefit Auction

Here's Thom with his dog, Sachi

Earlier this year, Thomas Fekete, Surfer Blood’s guitarist of six years, was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer. Though he has health insurance, which has covered more than six months of chemotherapy, he’s been undergoing an alternative treatment plan that unfortunately is not covered by insurance. Currently unable to tour and make a living, Thomas has relied on the generous donations of fans & friends, via his GoFundMe page and various other fundraisers.

Now, some of Thomas’s favorite artists and closest friends have come together to help raise money, contributing previously-unreleased tracks and autographed items to be put up for auction on eBay. Never-before-heard songs from Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Cults, Real Estate, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Lou Barlow, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Nick Diamonds, Julianna Barwick, Alex Somers,…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Drums and Surfer Blood were pressed to hi-fi, stereo lathe-cut vinyl, with only one copy being made of each. Each one is up for auction now, along with autographed items from Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen.

All thirteen unreleased tracks are also available for digital download with a donation of $10 or more to Thomas’s GoFundMe page. See below for a full list of tracks.

Guided By Voices – “Motor Away” (live)
Recorded live 6/24/94 at Threadwaxing Space, New York City on “The Insects of Rock” tour.

Yo La Tengo – “Can’t Forget” (live)
Recorded 8/28/15 at WorldCafe Live, courtesy of WXPN, Philadelphia. Yo La Tengo appears courtesy of Matador Records.

Cults – “Hurting”
An out-take from Cults’ 2013 album Static.

Real Estate – “Talking Backwards” (demo)
This was recorded in Real Estate’s practice space in Bushwick in the summer of 2013.  Courtesy Domino Records.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Between These Boys” (demo)

Lou Barlow – “Sunshine / Money / Thirsty”
Three previously-unreleased tracks.

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – “Rainbows In Gasoline” (unreleased version)
Recorded in 2009 with early line-up of The GOASTT (Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Mark Ronson), recorded & mixed by Mark Ronson.

Nick Diamonds (from Islands) – “Be A Comedian”
Recorded spontaneously on September 2nd, 2015.

Julianna Barwick – “Promise”
Recorded in 2012.

Alex Somers – “Well”
Recorded in Iceland in 2015.

The Drums – “Help Him”
2012 unreleased demo.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – “F Train”
Demo version of “Tao of the Dead Part II”.

Surfer Blood – “Tidal Wave” (demo)
Brand new song recorded last week!

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Newest Love: Paradise Animals – “Monday Morning”


Monday morning I received an email from these guys…with their song “Monday Morning”!!! Coincidence. Nope. Not at all.

And this song is awesome!

The single is from the band’s LP Day Bed, and it’s their very first full length. The album was recorded and produced by the whole band in both Northern Ontario and Toronto.

From the band:
Day Bed is the place we go to rest in the daylight. A place where memories wash over us; a place where we pause and think about life. It’s a collection of songs that highlights the warmth and happiness of family and childhood, the heartbreak of relationships, and the randomness of social life in the 21st century.
Check out the video:
And look out for Day Bed on November 13th!

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KAABOO Festival 2015


Last weekend, while I was visiting friends in San Diego, we went to the first ever KAABOO festival at the Racetrack and Fairgrounds at Del Mar.

It. Was. Awesome.

We only went on 1 out of the 3 days; but it was still great. KAABOO was marketed as a classier festival in that there were actual real restrooms, instead of port-a-potties; there was better food and more choices; better beers and even wines, etc.

I thought I had seen the whole grounds, but after checking out some other pictures and articles online, clearly I was mistaken. And now I feel bummed out about it. Waaaaaaah.

Anyways, I got to see Ron Funches (comedian) who plays on the show “Undateable” and is my FAVORITE character in the show; possibly of all time.

So…that was fun. He put on a good show, but I think I was hoping he’d be more like his character “Shelley.” haha

The guy on the right is Ron Funches. Silly bear.

The guy on the right is Ron Funches. Silly bear.

After that, everyone was hungry so we went to the “Posh Nosh” food tent area. It was cooled down in there and a nice break from the heat.

Then we bounced around a bit between Counting Crows and Slightly Stoopid until it was time to see Young the Giant. I like Young the Giant, but they weren’t on my MUST SEE list — however, once I was watching them, I was loving it. Crazy how that happens, huh?


After that, the people in my company wanted to see Zac Brown Band (I am not really a fan), so we went over there. It killed time until Goldfish was playing anyway. At 10:00, they didn’t have any more bands playing outside because of the noise ordinance, so Goldfish, Big Gigantic and Girl Talk were all playing in a tent at the Encore Stage.

Goldfish was AWESOME. I was super excited to see them, and they did not disappoint. It was an amazing dance party. I posted a short video on YouTube from it — I don’t take many videos because I want to just feel and enjoy the moment fully — but I knew I’d be so upset if I didn’t have just a little bit to look back on! Here’s the video:

After that, I wanted to see Big Gigantic and dance some more, but everyone else wanted to go see Joel McHale at another stage. So — we mosey’d over there, but it was PACKED. The line was super long and then they weren’t letting any more people in, so it was a bust. We got back to the Encore Stage when Girl Talk was getting ready to come on. Now, everyone knows I love me some Girl Talk. Greg Gillis is from Pittsburgh and I’ve seen him 4-5 times here. I was excited to see him in San Diego this time, at this festival. But…I am saddened to say that it was not the hyped up dance party I am used to. It was just not good. We tried to get into it but weren’t able….and ended up leaving to catch an Uber before everyone at Kaaboo wanted one. I mean….it was probably a fluke, I’m sure.

Anyways — my experience was just a short chapter of the book. But, I’d like to go back again! Good times!

Here’s the flyer with the lineups:







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The Royal Concept Tour Dates + Lyric Video For “Fashion”

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“I dress like shit, call it fashion — but your fashion’s the shit”

The Royal Concept have announced dates for their upcoming fall headline tour exclusively. The Swedish alternative pop quartet will perform in major markets across North America in support of their brand new EP, Smile —available at all digital retailers now. You can see the full itinerary below.

Just last week, the boys premiered the lyric video for their latest single “Fashion.” Merging together retro-style performance footage and a striking color scheme, the clip visually complements the song’s distinct musical strut. Watch it HERE!

The band consistently garners acclaim from critics. LA Music Blog wrote, “The group continues to blend funk, indie, and pop, tying it all together with uplifting choruses that are perfect for the end of summer.”

To record Smile, The Royal Concept — David Larson [vocals], Filip Bekic [guitar], Magnus Robert [bass], and Frans Povel [drums]—entered a Los Angeles studio with producer Tony Hoffer [M83, Phoenix, Depeche Mode, The Kooks] behind the board. The EP’s five tracks bristle with an unshakable energy and swaggering charm. First single “Fashion” straddles the lines between funk, indie, and pop, converging on an anthemic refrain.

The Royal Concept ignited an international buzz with their 2013 smash “D-D-Dance.” It soared to #2 on Hype Machine, as follow-up songs “Gimme Twice” and “World on Fire” landed at #3 on #1. Their debut The Royal EP also saw them receive coverage from Rolling Stone, Billboard, FILTER Magazine, Alternative Addiction!, and more. Meanwhile, Examiner predicted, “there are big things ahead of this group” and Glamour proclaimed “Gimme Twice” “one of this summer’s big hit songs.”  “On Our Way” became their biggest hit, landing over 25 syncs including Glee, FIFA 14, and more.


Wed, Oct. 21, 2015 Costa Mesa, CA The Wayfarer
Thur, Oct. 22, 2015 Los Angeles, CA Club Bahia
Fri, Oct. 23, 2015 San Francisco, CA Neck of the Woods
Sun, Oct. 25, 2015 San Diego, CA The Irenic
Mon, Oct. 26, 2015 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock
Tues, Oct. 28, 2015 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
Thur, Oct.30, 2015 Dallas, TX Dada
Sun, Nov. 01, 2015 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
Tues, Nov. 03, 2015 Atlanta, GA The Vinyl
Sat, Nov. 07, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
Sun, Nov. 08, 2015 Washington, DC Black Cat
Mon, Nov. 09, 2015 Boston, MA Café 939
Tues, Nov. 10, 2015 New York, NY The Studio @ Webster Hall

1.       Smile
2.       Fashion
3.       Higher Than Love
4.       Hurricane
5.       Just Wanna Be Loved By U

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Must Watch Video: Brick + Mortar – “Hollow Tune”


Brick + Mortar have released a new music video in support of their recent EP Dropped for their song “Hollow Tune.” The video shows the story of a soldier, who recently returned from duty, preventing a would-be hate crime. When reached out to comment, the band told OUT, “We make music for people who believe in equality and acceptance for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or belief. This song was written about love to say: ‘You’re not alone, I’m not alone,’ to the one you love. Love is love period.'”

Brick + Mortar have built a movement by spreading the message of positivity, understanding, and empathy with their indie rock with as much pop as there is grit.

Check out their upcoming tour dates below:
10/8: St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
10/10: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (16+ FREE SHOW)
10/12: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge (21+ FREE SHOW)
10/14: West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy
10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF
10/17: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
10/18: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
10/19: Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
10/20: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
10/22: Nashville, TN @ High Watt
10/23 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl, Center Stage
10/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
10/27: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/30: Montreal, Canada @ Le Petit Campus
10/31: Toronto, Canada @ Adelaide Hall
11/25: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony

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Video: Nick Pes – “California”


This week Sydney singer, songwriter and producer Nick Pes is revealing the self-directed music video for his new single “California”, the first track to fall from his upcoming debut EP.

“The video for California is inspired by the works of David Lynch and California itself. I shot it on location in Los Angeles and around Yosemite – there are a few nods to Twin Peaks that tie in to the other worldly ness of the dreamland of California – I’ve tried to create a dreamscape with the synths and guitar in the the song itself, and the video is meant to be a continuation of that dreaminess. It’s less a narrative but more a series of vignettes. I wanted it to feel like someone had found an old video-tape that had been recorded over again and again – like a time capsule” – Nick Pes

“California” was written about Nick’s love for the “land of dreams”. He remembers first reading about the early European discovery of California, where explorers thought it was actually an island, and were attracted by stories of Amazonian women, pearls and gold.

While the single is mainly based on those ideals, it also has an underlying metaphorical meaning for a relationship; when you need to say goodbye to someone simply because the timing just isn’t right. The hope is that you never let go of one another, and that one day you will be together again.

A steady retro-fuelled beat drives the summery, nostalgic charm of “California”. Nick’s voice holds a warm calming presence as the song continues to flow with atmospheric indulgence, distant guitar whispers and golden showers of shimmering synth.

“California” delivers on its intentions of empowerment as it rewards you with the feeling of being ready to take on anything the world throws your way.

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New Music: JR JR – “Gone”


Check out the new video for “Gone” from JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr.)

September 12, 2015  – NeoCycle Fest – Cleveland, OH
September 13, 2015 – Chill on the Hill – Sterling Heights, MI

September 25, 2015 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
September 29, 2015 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
October 1, 2015 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
October 2, 2015 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
October 3, 2015 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
October 6, 2015 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
October 7, 2015 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
October 9, 2015 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2015 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
October 14, 2015 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
October 16, 2015 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
October 18, 2015 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
October 20, 2015 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
October 22, 2015 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
October 23, 2015 – Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center – Atlanta, GA
October 24, 2015 – Downtown Milledgeville – Milledgeville, GA
October 26, 2015 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
October 27, 2015 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
October 28, 2015 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
October 30, 2015 – The Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
October 31, 2015 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
November 2, 2015 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
November 3, 2015 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
November 4, 2015 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
November 5, 2015 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
November 6, 2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
November 7, 2015 – The Hollow – Albany, NY
November 11, 2015 – The A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
November 12, 2015 – Deluxe @ Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN
November 14, 2015 – Metro – Chicago, IL

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Chris Isaak New Album Out November 13


Chris Isaak’s  new album, First Comes The Night, produced by Paul  Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) and longtime Isaak collaborator Mark Needham will be released on Vanguard Records on November 13th. Recorded primarily in Nashville and Los Angeles, First Comes The Night is Isaak’s 13th studio album consisting of 12 new songs.  A second configuration – a deluxe version with five additional cuts – will be released simultaneously.  It is Isaak’s first recording of all original songs in over six years. First Comes The Night is the follow up release to Isaak’s critically acclaimed 2011 Beyond The Sun, his breathtaking tribute album to Sun Records, Sam Phillips and the visionary artists who helped shape the early sounds of rock n’ roll.

“I totally enjoyed recording in Nashville – a city filled with terrific musicians and what an honor to work with such great producers.  As for the new songs, I like to mix it up so there’s some dark ones, funny ones and romantic ones. You have to absolutely play these songs after the break up while you’re cleaning the house.” — Isaak

With a stellar reputation as one of the best and funniest live performers out there, Isaak, a non-stop touring, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, actor and talk show host is heading to Australia momentarily to take on the role as one of the panel judges on the new season of X Factor Australia.

Isaak’s vocal style has garnered enormous acclaim and his songs have been featured in numerous films including “Blue Velvet,” “Married to the Mob” and “Wild at Heart.”  His vast repertoire of long-running hits include “Wicked Game,” “Forever Blue,” “Baby did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” He has appeared on many TV shows – most recently “Hot in Cleveland”, has acted in several films and starred in Showtime’s The Chris Isaak Show and the Chris Isaak Hour on the Biography Channel.

This Tuesday, September 1st, Isaak is scheduled to perform on the 9th Annual ACM Honors taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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Foreign Tongues – “Fools of Love”


Indie rockers Foreign Tongues has premiered a new video for their song “Fools of Love” from their recently released record Fragile, As Said Before. Fans can purchase the new album now!

The band’s stunning new video for “Fools of Love” was shot and directed by Erik Rojas. “Cam and I had talked about this idea for a music video several months ago, and after getting some talented friends on board, we decided to go for it,” Rojas says. “From a narrative standpoint, I think it’s safe to say it’s a story about realizing that sometimes you’re not alone, even though that may seem like the case.”
““Fools of Love” is more a story song introducing the record,” says singer Cam Moretti. “It mainly discusses the last year of my life and the ebb and flow I went through. To me life is a series of highs and lows and understanding and grasping that is how I learn to feel content. I wanted the video to be more of a narrative piece that portrays that.”
Follow the band on Facebook for additional updates.

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