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Newest Love: Hunter Hunted

Portrait of Hunter Hunted at the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival Photo Credit: Alex Crick

Portrait of Hunter Hunted at the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival
Photo Credit: Alex Crick

“With a swift kick to hope-shredding guitars, their brand of ebullient electro-rock immediately revs back to life fueled by an undeniable custom-cut chorus just waiting around the driver’s blindside before it explodes, begging you to sing along.” – Mostly Junk Food

“Hunter Hunted strike alt radio gold with the first single “Blindside” off their forthcoming debut album”. – Neon Gold

“…musical gem” – Idolator

Today, Hunter Hunted announce their upcoming debut album Ready For You, which will come out on July 10 via FreeSolo/RCA. Last week, right before their Sasquatch! Festival set, Los Angeles duo Hunter Hunted revealed their first single “Blindside” of the album. They’ll set out on a 20-date co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons in July and August and will be able to play album tracks like “Operating”, “Ready For You”, and “End Of The World” live for the first time.

Capable of crafting stadium-sized pop missives that are hugely catchy and wonderfully earnest, the duo of Michael Garner and Dan Chang, write songs that tread an easy path between the head and heart, bursting at the seems with undeniable melodies and choruses that are custom-made to be sung along to, preferably at peak volume while surrounded by several hundred of your brand new very best friends.

On Ready for You Hunter Hunted’s ambition is fantastically evident. It’s a record that seems tailor-made to engineer happiness. It’s a pop record with long legs—packed with tracks that balance razor-sharp hooks with heartfelt sentiment. “We want to make songs that make people happy, songs that you can hear on the radio and that make you want to sing and dance,” says Garner. “We want to get to that point where we make a song that takes the world by storm, where it’s like, ‘Holy shit. This song is hitting so hard. We don’t even know how to handle it!’ We’re still waiting for that moment where all of this just takes off and knocks us off our butts.”

The story of Hunter Hunted begins, at least for most people, with the release of their debut EP, Hunter Hunted, in 2013. However, the group’s roots go back much further as they met at UCLA. They’ve been included in MTV’s Artists To Watch, NYLON’s “Bands to look out for,” Starbucks “Pick of The Week, “Teen Vogue’s “Jam’s of the year,” Billboard Magazines “Scouting Report” and KCRW’s “Bands we Love.”

While standout track “Keep Together” was making the rounds on TV shows, the band’s early singles quickly elevated Hunter Hunted from the ranks of indie-pop hopefuls to serious chart contenders, touring alongside FUN., Fitz and The Tantrums, Weezer, and Twenty One Pilots. The band also turned in lauded performances at Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and Firefly, as well as stops on Conan O’Brien’s late night show and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show pre-show.

When asked about “Blindside” and the upcoming debut album they say, “We wanted to write songs that were both tiny and huge. Songs that you could play on an acoustic guitar alone or with a big band inside an arena.” With the help of Howard benson and Neil Avron behind the boards, Hunter Hunted have achieved that.

The band has a busy year ahead of them – their co-headlining tour with Interscope’s Young Rising Sons for July/August is only the start of what’s to come.

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Hunter Hunted Ready For You tracklisting:

1. Ready For You
2. Operating
3. Ghost
4. Blindside
5. Lucky Day
6. Dora Maar
7. Gentle Folks
8. Float
9. Keep Together
10. Better My Love
11. End Of The World

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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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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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Check ‘Em Out: Cavalry

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Alt-folk Liverpool five-piece Cavalry have crafted a sound that confidently melds together a mixture of classic and contemporary musical influence, from Paul Simon to The National, Fleetwood Mac to Villagers, The Beatles to Bon Iver. They release their new single “An Understanding” on May 31, 2015.

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Since they formed, the band’s music has quickly caught the attention of established and influential musicians, seeing them take on live support slots for British Sea Power, The Antlers and Steve Malkmus.

BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens featured the band as a discovery on ‘BBC Introducing’, with Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music and Janice Long of BBC Radio 2 both eagerly playing their early tracks. The band have been invited to play at the BBC Music Day on Friday 5 June 2015 and Liverpool Sound City.

It’s hard to believe Cavalry have achieved so much in so short a time, with just two online tracks and a handful of live shows under their belts, but their music strikes a deep chord on first listen.

Previous downloads, “Leaves” has all the dreamy insistence of a long-lost Grant Lee Buffalo gem, while “Lament” hints at the understated anthemic pull of Band Of Horses at their best.

Cavalry are Alan Croft on lead vocals, Austin Logan on guitar, Paul Jones on bass, Steven Taylor on guitar and Gareth Dawson on drums.

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Video: Young Buffalo – “No Idea”

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Young Buffalo, a five piece rock band from Oxford, Mississippi recently released their debut album, House. They’ll be playing in Pittsburgh at Club Cafe on May 13. Check out this really cute video for “No Idea” below!

Tour dates:

  • Apr 22 – Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
  • Apr 23 – Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
  • Apr 24 – The Casbah San Diego, CA
  • Apr 26 – The Independent San Francisco, CA
  • Apr 30 – Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
  • May 01 – Venue Vancouver, Canada
  • May 02 – Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
  • May 04 – Velour Provo, UT
  • May 05 – MARQUIS THEATRE Denver, CO
  • May 07 – Reverb Lounge Omaha, NE
  • May 08 – The Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill St Louis, MO
  • May 09 – Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
  • May 11 – Lee’s Palace Toronto, Canada
  • May 12 – Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
  • May 13 – Club Café Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 14 – Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
  • May 15 – Bowery Ballroom New York, NY

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Palaye Royale – “Get Higher”

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Check out Palaye Royale, a fashion art rock, Las Vegas based band that’s currently unsigned. They won MTV’s Musical March Madness, beating out Coldplay, Linkin Park and U2. Their song “Get Higher” is also featured on a Samsung Galaxy commercial which you can check out below, followed by the music video for the song in it’s entirety.

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Check ‘Em Out: Cold Shoulders

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Listen to their EP here

Cold Shoulders began as a friendship between Jordan Witzigreuter of the multi-platinum pop project The Ready Set, Jared Ryan Maldonado of the indie-pop duo Dresses, and Trevor Dahl of pop-rock group Plug In Stereo. Their self­-titled debut EP, was recorded and mixed at home studios from Los Angeles to Portland. Cold Shoulders is a versatile adventure that weaves through electronic ballads, stylistic experimentation, electrifying synth licks, and lyrics to keep you warm. Cold Shoulders is a prime pick; on par with Grouplove and Foster the People.

My favorite tracks: “Better” and “Lonely Lover”

Their self-titled EP was released yesterday, and can be purchased on iTunesAmazon, and Google Play.

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Check ‘Em Out: The Singularity – “Wetter”

The Singularity’s first single and video, “Wetter,” from the self-produced/released EP entitled Weta is a sexually cathartic yet visually transfixing representation of the song’s elements of Bowie-glam mixed with the edginess of The Strokes. Additionally, the track just hit #13 on the national specialty radio charts and was named WXRT’s “Song Of The Week.”

Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Julian Shah-Tayler (formerly of the band Whitey)’s childlike fascination with science, space and the big questions that trouble the human condition has fueled the creative output of The Singularity’s electronic rock and roll since the band’s inception in 2012. “Everything burst out of the center of a supermassive black hole,” remarks Julian, “and we are going back there one day, so let’s just enjoy it.”

As for the video, Shah-Tayler explained that he is “huge fan of films such as Linklater’s Waking Life, David Lynch and the styles of Scanner Darkly and Sin City. We wanted to create a dreamlike quality through the ‘animation’ style of the video whilst still maintaining a dark sexuality reflecting the slightly creepy lyrics. It was a real collaboration between the director, editor and artist.”

The single and video eloquently sums up The Singularity’s manifesto and echoes the hedonistic attitude of the band. A Londoner relocated to LA, Julian’s catalog of music prolifically exceeds 300 songs, many of which have been featured in films and hit TV shows including Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Newsroom, while also turning up on broadcasts ranging from UK television’s Popstar to NBC Sports.

In 2014, Shah-Tayler won a Golden Trailer award for his work with Lana Del Ray on Disney’s Maleficent trailer. He also performed one of his songs in front of Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese for the Unite For Humanity charity at the Oscars.

Three of his songs were the “hits” for the focus band in the music movie Plush, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords Of Dogtown). Additionally, Shah-Tayler did all this while co-founding an LA charity called Art Angeles, teaching music to underprivileged kids in Watts.

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Video: Dylan Kelly – “All My Friends”

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Los Angeles alternative pop maverick Dylan Kelly unveils the lyric video for his debut single “All My Friends” today.

Written and produced by the artist, “All My Friends” struts along with bright snappy guitars, a reggae rhythm, and a delightfully inebriating refrain carried by Dylan’s dynamic voice. It properly introduces the world to this singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist [guitars, bass, and keyboards!].

Coming home from a vacation in the Dominican Republic, Dylan went to the studio early one morning and wrote “All My Friends” from scratch in less than two hours. The woozy guitars, sunny production, confessional lyrics, and instantly chant able chorus “All my friends are high” simply intoxicate. Republic Records fell under the track’s spell, and Dylan landed a deal with the label.
About the song, he explains, “I have a bunch of fun friends but it’s hard to get them to go out and do anything but hang. I wrote this song about those times when you just can’t get your friends to leave the house.”

“All My Friends” shows just one side of this dynamic talent though. His music encompasses a diverse array of styles from pop and reggae to indie and alternative. “It’s representative of L.A.,” he says. “The city is such a melting pot so my music is like a melting pot of all those influences.”

Ultimately, Dylan’s own versatility will captivate anybody within earshot. “I want people to feel emotion,” he leaves off. “What else is the point of art? I hope they can relate and say, ‘Me too man. Me too!’”

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Listen: Ruelle

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Listen: Ruelle 

This past January, Nashville-based artist Ruelle released her debut EP, Up In Flames. The EP is a collection of dark, electronic-pop songs written and recorded specifically for TV/Film.  After her haunting songs began finding their way onto television shows and films like The Loft, The SlapRevengeThe OriginalsSleepy HollowReckless, and DaVinci’s Demons, Maggie Eckford decided to bring them all together in an EP under the new artist name, Ruelle.

 

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