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Listen: Mainland – “West Coast” (Coconut Records Cover)

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Listen: Mainland – “West Coast” (Coconut Records Cover)

“Mainland’s “West Coast” cover doesn’t stray far from Coconut Records’ original. It feels a little more filled out thanks in part to an electric guitar instead of an acoustic one, but the song is perfectly in tact, and it sounds as good as it did when it was released back in 2007.” - Pigeons and Planes
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CATCH THE BAND LIVE playing
The Launch @ TBD Festival
October 4, 2014
Sacramento, CA
(line-up includes Justice, Blondie, 
Empire of the Sun, and more)

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Check ‘Em Out: Fragile Creatures

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Listen: Fragile Creatures – “Sunshine”

Fragile Creatures are a band from Brighton on a mission to restore Britain’s reputation for original guitar pop. They come equipped with an inventive songbook full of instant classics led by catchy melodies, tight harmonies, clever arrangements and great lyrics.

“Sunshine” finally paves the way for the release of this delayed début, an upbeat and appropriately summery number. Fragile Creatures plan to make the EP available as a free download through their Bandcamp page as a thank you for the patient faithful – two years is a long wait between releases!

 

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Video: Jungle – “Time”

DEBUT ALBUM STREAMING NOW VIA ITUNES

London collective Jungle has premiered the video for latest album cut “Time”.

The “Time” video arrives a week before the release of Jungle’s highly anticipated, eponymous debut album out July 15 (14th in the UK) on XL Recordings. Identified by Rolling Stone as a “New Artist You Need To Know”, Jungle has already been described by New York Times as a beguiling and promising introduction“, by NME as ” the pop-art album of the summer” and Time Out exclaims “the group’s steamy, grooving, creeping neo-soul tracks are something pretty special.” Jungle is available to stream in full exclusively via ITUNES.

Meanwhile the collective will return to the states this fall with a seven-piece Jungle live experience that will perform on over 20 dates across North America, in the largest set of rooms the group has played to date.  The group will also make stops at Lollapalooza, Treasure Island and Corona Capital Music Festivals. See full list of dates below.

JUNGLE North America Sept./Oct. Tour Dates

Sat. 8/2                      Chicago, IL                            Lollapalooza

Fri. 9/19                      Los Angeles, CA                 The Fonda Theatre

Sat. 9/20                    Solana Beach, CA                Belly Up Tavern

Mon. 9/22                  Phoenix, AZ                          The Crescent Ballroom

Wed. 9/24                 Austin, TX                              The Mohawk

Thurs. 9/25                 Dallas, TX                               Fitzgerald’s                

Fri. 9/26                      New Orleans, LA                  Republic

Sat. 9/27                    Atlanta, GA                            Terminal West

Sun. 9/28                   Nashville, TN                         Exit In

Tues. 9/30                 Washington D.C.                  Black Cat

Weds. 10/1               Brooklyn, NY                         Warsaw

Thurs. 10/2                 New York, NY                       Irving Plaza

Fri. 10/3                      Cambridge, MA                   The Sinclair

Sat. 10/4                    Montreal, QC                          Le Belmont

Mon. 10/6                  Toronto, ON                          Danforth Music Hall

Tues. 10/7                 Pontiac, MI                             Crofoot Ballroom

Wed. 10/8                 Chicago, IL                            Thalia Music Hall

Thurs. 10/9                 Minneapolis, MN                  First Avenue

Sat. 10/11                  Mexico City                           Corona Capital Music Festival

Tues. 10/14               Vancouver, BC                     The Imperial

Weds. 10/14             Seattle, WA                          The Showbox

Thurs. 10/15              Portland, OR                          Wonder Ballroom

Sat. 10/18                  San Francisco, CA                Treasure Island Music Festival

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Listen: Back Back Forward Punch – “Solid Gold”

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Listen: Back Back Forward Punch – “Solid Gold”

“Solid Gold” is the uplifting and inspiring new single from Melbourne electronic duo, Back Back Forward Punch; the follow up to their early 2014 release “Emergency Bow Tie,” which gained them international praise and the attention of one of Australia most reputable radio stations, Triple J.

“Solid Gold” sees Laura Boland employ delicate and haunting vocals to tell their story of unraveling perceptions, coming of age, and ultimately revealing that we are all imperfect heroes to someone for a short time. Andy Liddell captivates with his dynamic and intricately layered production as he gracefully shapes the track with pulsing bass lines, manipulated vocal cuts and warbling keys.

Drawing sonic parallels with the likes of Kilter, BANKS, London Grammar and The Kite String Tangle, Back Back Forward Punch have delivered a majestic track that blurs the lines between pop, trip-hop and soul.

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Newest Love: The Ninjas

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The Ninjas are a high energy rock duo from Brisbane, Australia returning with their latest single “Never Had Much Time”. Recorded with Australian super producer Magoo this release sees the band take another giant leap forward with slicker production, bigger riffs and a stadium ready sound that is sure to get people dancing. They’re early releases “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Kill Em All” gained the band an impressive following online and will all appear on the bands debut EP out this August. If you enjoy The Hives and The Vines, then you’ll love this!

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Listen: The Ninjas – “Never Had Much Time”

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Check ‘Em Out: Blank Paper

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Listen: Blank Paper – “Whip”

Blank Paper is a Brooklyn-based Synth-Pop Quartet comprised of Marie Kim (vox / keys), Taylor Bense (keys / synth), Cory Sterling (keys, bass), and Chris Holdridge (drums / synth). The group is the result of four eclectic and distinctive musical backgrounds that have come together to produce playfully melodic and dance friendly, yet dark synth-pop music. The band originated in NYC in 2012 and released their debut EP, Tape Dreams in early 2013. “Whip” is the third single from their self-titled EP, which came out yesterday!
Several years prior to the release of the first Blank Paper EP, the quartet met and became friends in college. Taylor Bense (at the time) a session guitarist and songwriter, invited Marie Kim to start singing on his compositions and write together. Taylor, Chris Holdridge and Cory Sterling had a band together, and Marie her own. After these projects disbanded, the four of them naturally came together to write and perform, sharing their passion for feel-good music with a darker edge.
Artists like Kavinsky, Little Dragon, The Knife, and The Gorillaz inspire their sound, but the band’s originality and musicianship take Blank Paper to a new level of innovation within the pop context. A rarity in electronic synth-heavy music, their live show is completely free of laptops and backing tracks.

Check out the album now on Spotify!

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Check ‘Em Out: Pollimer

 

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Listen: Pollimer – “Summer Nights”

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If you liked that, check out Pollimer’s new EP, Find Me

Stream: Pollimer – Find Me EP

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Video: Tremor Low – “Give Blood”

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Oakland-based trio Tremor Low clearly defines its sounds as “Synthesizers, drum machines, delay and distortion pedals – in that order.”

The band’s arresting sound and visual style were recently captured in the music video for the single “Give Blood,” and signaling the Tremor Low’s first nationwide shot across the bow.  The slow-motion clip, inspired by films such as “Pulp Fiction,” and “Time Crimes,” was shot by director David Dutton in one day while trespassing on private property.

Band member Don Bellenger describes “Give Blood” as “a look at confusion and misplaced blame, and in the end,” he says, “the details of ‘who did what’ or in this case ‘who killed who,’ become irrelevant. We are doomed to repeat our mistakes.”

Of the production itself, Bellenger says, “I tasted lots of fake blood and didn’t like it.  In one particular shot, we threw a bloody knife and then couldn’t find it, so there’s still a very incriminating knife covered in blood out there on this person’s property.”

In addition to Bellenger, Tremor Low is comprised of Fabian Paredes, and Ariel Utz Wirnsberger, who was discovered by Bellenger and Paredes after auditioning two dozen prospective band members.

Coming up in the San Francisco scene, Tremor Low has since drawn the attention of respected Bay Area DJ Aaron Axelsen, who brought the band to the stage and greater exposure, as part of his popular local Popscene event.  Performances at nationally recognized San Francisco venues such as Great American Music Hall and Bottom of The Hill have further cemented the band’s local reputation.

Now, with “Give Blood” out, and new recordings underway, the world is finally ready to fully experience Tremor Low.

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Newest Love: The Julian Taylor Band – “Never Gonna Give You Up”

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With recent packed performances at Canadian Music Week (CMW), showcased on CTV News, an opening spot for super group Magic! at the Mod Club, and a date at The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, THE JULIAN TAYLOR BAND has officially release the already widely-acclaimed CD TECH NOIR.

Toronto-based award-winning singer-songwriter Julian Taylor and his band are thrilled about the reaction of their much anticipated new album TECH NOIR. The first single “Never Gonna Give You Up” has already been nominated as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and the video has blown up on YouTube with more than 300,000 views – the track storming the Top 40 on the Canadian Alt Rock chart.

In addition, The Julian Taylor Band’s previous member and bass player, Ben Spivak, – who now plays with the massively successful “Magic” – has several song co-writes and also plays on Tech Noir. The band is currently comprised of a group of formidable musicians – Julian Taylor (vocals and guitar), Jeremy Elliott (drums), Steve Pelletier (bass) and David Engle (keys).

A truly gifted performer, Taylor has a distinct delivery that’s raw and emotional. The sound on Tech Noir is a culmination of every musical genre that has influenced him throughout his life and his most recent reincarnation sees him moving towards the kind of music that inspired him as a child. While even more energetic in their live performances, the band’s new soul-driven pop-rock is inspired by the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers and this is reflected on the new album.

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Listen: Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”

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Listen: Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”

Ministry of Sound and Above & Beyond’s acclaimed melodic house label, Anjunadeep, have joined forces to release one of late summer’s hottest house anthems, Lane 8 featuring Bipolar Sunshine’s “I Got What You Need (Every Night)”. Zane Lowe gave the single its worldwide premiere on Radio 1 via a ‘Future Exclusive’, while to date; the original version of “Every Night” has hit the Beatport Deep House Top 10, and garnered approximately 500,000 plays on Soundcloud and 800,000 views on YouTube.

Lane 8 aka Daniel Goldstein is the fast-rising US house producer championed by Pete Tong (who selected him as a ‘Future Star’ on Radio 1), Zane Lowe, MistaJam, B.Traits, Aeroplane, Tensnake, Kidnap Kid, Majestic Casual and many more. Originally from San Francisco, but currently residing in Leipzig, Germany, his debut single for Anjunadeep, “Be Mine” topped the Hype Machine chart, following previous success with cult label, French Express. Amongst his growing international fanbase is Eric Prydz, who recently chose him to remix his new single,”Liberate”. Further remixes for Above & Beyond and Josh Record have helped position Goldstein as one of the most promising young producers on the planet.

Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant is the hotly-tipped Manchester singer whose music crosses hip-hop, indie, nu-soul, alt-rap, dance, psychedelia, electronic and Beatlesy pop. With 4 Hype Machine No.1s to date, he’s caught the ears of fans and critics alike including Radio 1, Sunday Times, The Guardian and beyond via the EPs “Aesthetics” (the lead track, “Rivers” was iTunes Single Of The Week) and “Drowning Butterflies”. A genuine star in the making, his extensive touring, including live shows at Glastonbury, Bestival, and beyond, plus support slots with London Grammar, Bastille and Lily Allen, have cemented his reputation yet further.

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