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“IAMDYNAMITE have carved deeper into their unique style, blending elements from their musical roots of Seattle sound and 80s pop.“ – Earmilk

“Ridiculously good… The songwriting is light years beyond their debut.” – Pop Dose

“Infectiously catchy hooks that pair atmospheric synths” – The Joy of Violent Movement

” IAMDYNAMITE are back, and they’ve done a complete 180 – making an 80s-inspired slow burn record that comes off as Sting & Oates.” –  A-Sides with Jon Chattman

Michigan-based IAMDYNAMITE announce slew of new tour dates in support of its forthcoming new album Wasa Tusa (out August 7th on Brando Records) and reveal a new cut from the album.

The tour sees the duo of Chris Martin and Chris Phillips hitting the road across the U.S. from August through October playing such venerable venues as NYC’s Webster Hall, House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, Chicago’s Bottom Lounge and many more. A full list of dates can be found below.

The guitar-driven tension of “Bloom” bursts forth much like the name of the track implies. Premiering today, it’s the second cut revealed from IAMDYNAMITE’s sophomore album Wasa Tusa and follows the lead album track “Be There” which recently premiered via EARMILK.

Drawing inspiration from 80’s pop pioneers such as The Police and Hall & Oates to early 2000 nu-rave revivalists such as Klaxons and Simian Mobile Disco, IAMDYNAMITE’s synth-driven rock and alt-pop hooks are as danceable as they are delicious.

Wasa Tusa, set for release on August 7 via Brando Records sees IAMDYNAMITE expanding their repertoire and experimenting in the studio to create a new brand of freewheeling pop.  Produced by Matt Novesky, the album highlights their melodic, hook laden songwriting skills and delivers a swift emotional punch.

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Listen: IAMDYNAMITE – “Bloom”

8/15: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
8/18: Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
8/19: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
8/20: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
8/21: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/22: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
8/23: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
9/10: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/11: Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
9/12: Charlotte, NC @ 1065 The End’s Weenie Roast
9/13: Raleigh, NC @ 95X Big Shindig
9/19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
9/20: Providence, RI @ Simmon’s 677
9/23: Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
9/24: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
10/1: Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
10/2: Houston, TX @ Walter’s
10/6: Albuquerque, NM @ The Jam Spot
10/7: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/8: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live

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Check ‘Em Out: Bad Bad Hats


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“A gritty two-and-a-half minutes of wobbly bass, wailing guitar, and front woman Kerry Alexander’s slinky vocals, it is a blast—and there is more like this to come.” FADER

“‘Shame’ goes down like a refreshing, kick-you-in-the-face-strong cocktail, most likely swilled after a booty call gone bust. Wash that man right out of your hair.”  SPIN

“Complete with the crunchy kick of slightly manic-sounding guitar and the pulse of some very punchy bass…” – Paste Magazine

“ …the love-struck optimism of “Psychic Reader” harkens back to some of Wilson’s preferred buoyant romanticism” – Stereogum

“… programmed to fire all neural pathways associated with carefree indie rock fun. But beware: These lyrics will bite.” NPR

Minneapolis-based Bad Bad Hats reveal their debut album Psychic Reader, streaming exclusively with Interview Magazine now until release on July 17 via Afternoon Records. Named as one of SPIN’s “Artists to Watch,” the indie rock trio emerges with a record that is both artistically honest and widely accessible.

Psychic Reader is comprised of experimental beats, growling guitars, and catchy pop melodies that are both dreamy and strikingly deep.  Bolstered by the touches of producer Brett Bullion (Poliça, Bon Iver), the band takes a refreshingly rebellious approach with lyrics that challenge gender conventions.

In celebration of the new record, Bad Bad Hats announced a hometown album release show in Minneapolis, August 14 at Icehouse.

Stream the album now over at Interview Magazine!

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Check ‘Em Out: Color Palette – “Seventeen”

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Listen: Color Palette – “Seventeen”

Check out Color Palette, who just last month released their debut single “Seventeen”, from their forthcoming full-length album.

Inspired by acts like Washed Out and Wild Nothing, Color Palette blends a sunny West Coast sound with a natural northern edge. The brainchild of vocalist Jay Nemeyer, Color Palette was formed after Nemeyer’s former band The Silver Liners split. He quickly recruited Jon Jester (percussion) and Nico Grossfeld (bass) to travel with him to Los Angeles and record their debut full-length, set to be released this summer.

“Seventeen” was co-produced and recorded by Kyle Downes and pulls inspiration from artists such as Kurt Vile and New Order.

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Check ‘Em Out: YAWN – “Day Trip”


Listen: YAWN – “Day Trip”

Chicago psych-pop band YAWN will release its new Day Trip EP on August 21st via FeelTrip Records & Old Flame Records.

They’ve shared the title track, which Consequence of Sound calls “this year’s weirdest and most eccentric summer jam.” You can stream & share “Day Trip” — one of the band’s sunniest, most pop-leaning songs yet — via Soundcloud.

YAWN mixes off-kilter psychedelia with infectious pop hooks for a sound that’s simultaneously unconventional and accessible. The band’s own brand of electro-infused psych pop features buzzing guitars, warbling synth, and hazy, blissed-out melodies, and their energetic live show has landed them tours with bands like Tame Impala, The Kooks, Yuck, and Mates of State.

For another taste of the upcoming EP, you can stream the previously-released single “Overflow” and check out its accompanying video

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Listen: Painted Palms – “Tracers”

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“Recaptures that sad-eyed, happy-footed disco-Beatlemania that made Of Montreal’s mid-aughts electronic renaissance so satisfying.” – Stereogum

“…channels a bit of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica the same way Jaqwar Ma have and also wouldn’t sound out of place on a mix next to Cut Copy.” – Under The Radar

“A brain-warpingly awesome cut of tripped-out pop.” – Noisey

Painted Palms’ second full-length album, Horizons, exudes a sense of confidence and purpose that is only present when two creators share a singular focus and absolute trust in each other’s talents. On Horizons, emotional states are suspended between light and dark, driven by the tension of efficient song structures. This week the band shares the synth-laden “Tracers,” melding ’60s psych pop with heavy-footed ’80s drum machines. Though vocalist Chris Prudhomme and producer Reese Donohue chose to collaborate on their second full-length by sending song ideas back and forth over e-mail, just as they did when crafting their 2014 debut Forever, Horizons marks the first time the duo has expanded their sound beyond the bedroom by stepping into the studio. Mixed by former DFA house engineer Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Classixx), Horizons engages with a diverse sonic palette on each track: ’60s psych-pop, ’80s synths, hypnotic vibes of the kind induced by Bjork and early ’90s Creation Records bands, and the trunk-rattling minimalism of Southern hip-hop. Horizons is a meditation on achieving balance in a place where things are always changing, and there are no real ends. As a result, Painted Palms refines and executes their best work to date.

Painted-Palms-Horizons-1425 Listen: Painted Palms – “Tracers”

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Release Date: September 4, 2015

1. Refractor
2. Contact
3. Gemini
4. Glaciers
5. Echoes
6. Control
8. Waterfall
9. Painkiller

Tour Dates:

 8/27 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*

9/4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
* = w/ Antwon, Meat Market


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Check ‘Em Out: Wallflower



Listen: Wallflower – “Fabricated”

The first single off their debut EP and direct lyrical follow up to their breakthrough single “Ambien”, “Fabricated” is hand claps, oohs and ahhs, silky guitars, signature skeez and the realization that life can be a bit shit sometimes, but that’s okay.

Formed late in 2013, Wallflower have gone on to become a marquee act of the Canberra music industry and a hidden secret of the capitals leafy streets. Falling somewhere between Kanye West, Jinja Safari and Coldplay, Wallflower are an eclectic band carving their own sound and have already built a dedicated and ever growing fan base.

Named as one of Triple J Unearthed’s top 10 bands you missed in 2014, it’s time for Wallflower to leave the comfort of Canberra and become the band square in the middle of the nation’s consciousness for 2015.

Having spent months between the iconic Studios 301 in Sydney, Abbey Road in London and Studio Sixty- Eight; “Fabricated” is a patchwork creation from renowned producer Simon Todkill (Matt Corby, The Griswolds), Matt Barnes (Coda Conduct, PJ Michael) and front-man Henry Waldren.

“Fabricated” is ultimately a polished, intricate track full of depth and dancing driving rhythm. So volume up, just listen and dance.


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Remix: Ships Have Sailed – “Out of Time” (Goatmilk Remix)


Ships Have Sailed, an alternative pop-rock trio hailing from Los Angeles, debuted their first EP, Someday in 2014, which gained heavy airplay on College, NPR, and commercial radio in the US and Canada. Its success inspired the band to tour the East Coast, during which time they began piecing together their first full-length album, Moodswings.

With the success of Moodswings, Ships Have Sailed have partnered up with several DJ’s to remix the hit singles off the LP, resulting in Re: MIX, out July 14. Among the 4 DJ’s are San Francisco’s future bass impresarios, Dimond Saints, as well as Swedish DJ, Goatmilk.

Check out Goatmilk’s remix of “Out of Time” right now — it’s amazing!!!


Listen: Ships Have Sailed – “Out of Time” (Goatmilk Remix)

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Check ‘Em Out: Galvanize

“The guitar is dirty, the drums are spontaneously combusting and the bass is thumping your skull in rhythmic time…this is Galvanize.” – Pancakes & Whiskey

Check out the Philadelphia and NYC-based techno-rockers Galvanize and their new music video for “Mess” from the forthcoming “Projector” EP, which is set to release in September 2015.

When I first started listening to this song, I’ll admit, I thought I was gonna “x” it out and move on. But, I pressed on — and after the first run through of the whole song, I was rocking out in my chair. Three more listens after that, I knew I had to share it! It reminds me a little bit of Bush, with that 90s grunge rock feel.

Galvanize is the techno-rock project of Peter Milos and session drummer Scott Frassetto who played in Moby’s band through the “Animal Rights”, “Play”, “18”, and “Hotel” album and tours.

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New Music From Iglomat


“Great drama, enhanced by their ability to create lovely passages as well as jarring odd moments” – DC Rock Live

“There are deep, medicated grooves and purposefully rough patches. It’s the sort of record that reveals something different every time—circumstantial, temperamental, and yet somehow definitive.” – NME

After the success of “The Kelpies” project with filmmaker Walid Salhab and following the release of the “TicTac Toe” single, the 3rd Iglomat album is here and ready to drop on CD and download. Iglomat III is again another quality collection of bristling post rock electronica that is as melodious as it is “effortlessly cool”. 9 slices of musical sustenance that are as much “food for the soul” as they are “post rock perfection”. And as if to celebrate progression there are even some small forays from the instrumental path, with an energetic vocal performance on “Elgato Elgato” from 7-year-old Noah Macdonald followed by profoundly heart achingly subtle performances from Rachel Sermanni and Jennifer Austin on “King Of The Sun” and “No Place Like Home”.

Perhaps Iglomat’s main technical unit David Jack describes the album best; “Years ago when we first started on this exploration, Iglomat was just an idea and a couple of guitar lines floating around in cyberspace. Now as we’ve grown musically and with communication technology progressing exponentially, we can work as remotely and as freely as we like. Which means the music that we heard in our heads is as close to what comes out of the speakers as near as dammit. A recent review described us as a little bit like Goblin which made me laugh, as we try to be a lot like Goblin. So we must be getting close.”

About Iglomat:

Iglomat thrives in the transitional realm. The cross-continental recording project operates across landlines, highways, and hard drives – chronicling tales of distance and time. Such efforts would normally lose some spontaneity and urgency in the transfers. But consider Iglomat’s pedigree: producer David Jack, a beat chemist praised by no less authority than John Peel (just check his Peel Session) long-time collaborator and another Peel session veteran Scott MacDonald ; and acclaimed photographer Sandy Carson, whose narrative focus comes through as much on record as it does in print.




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Yowza! Hot Song! Mike Dignam – “Addict”


Listen: Mike Dignam – “Addict”

Following his last hit single “Hurt”, Mike Dignam delivers another dark and sophisticated track off his upcoming album Fight to Forgive. “Addict” showcases Dingman’s talent to tie raw feeling and heavy lyrics into a soulful pop hit. Dignam allows his skills and hard work to shine through in “Addict”. Using the simplicity of drums, bass, guitar, and the haunting vocals of his distinctive voice, to create and own a sound that sets him apart from the average singer-songwriter. Dignam uses his impeccable vocals to carry a forcefulness and yearning within his lyrics, resulting in a song that is full of vulnerability and devotion.

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