“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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. renaming themselves JR JR


The following is a letter from Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr. — explaining their decision for a name change.


Dear Friends, Fans, Internet Users, And Everyone Else Out There

We wish to address you one final time as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.

A bit of backstory is probably in order…
What started out as a basement recording project in 2009 has become a full time career for us, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity that it has given us to make music and work on art the past few years.

As we prepared to release our first full length album on Warner Brothers Records back in 2011, our band name became a topic of concern among people who work with us. The concerns were y’know… legal ones. Bands stuck in courtrooms have a tough time touring and making records so it was decided that the name needed to be addressed, and possibly even changed.  As much of a hail mary as it seemed as the time, our solution was to just write Dale Earnhardt Jr himself and explain we were in no way making light of him or his family,  that we were fans of his and hoped he wouldn’t take offense to our existence.

What’s crazy is he actually wrote us back…
 The exceptionally good natured spirit of the man himself lifted everyone’s spirits about the name.  We were proud to keep it, and create under it.  To this day, Dale Earnhardt Jr has been nothing but gracious and cool about things. And y’know…he didn’t have to be. It was perfectly within his right to look at these two weird kids from Detroit and say ‘no way’, or to just have an intermediary shut things down on his behalf. But he didn’t. He was a legitimately warm human being about it all. He was kind. A couple of times when asked about us, he even mentioned that he likes the music we make. This, we thought, was the best case scenario.

When we initially chose the name Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, the feeling was that it gave us an amazing flexibility.  We were just meeting as people, and hadn’t begun to scratch the surface of knowing what our voice, as a band or each individually, would be. Band names are a weird thing to begin with, but we figured if we named our band Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr there would be no expectations for what we were meant to sound like. Something that bizarre would just have to be listened to and judged without preconception. And realistically, we never thought so many people would be up for taking that sort of a listening experience on.

But people really did. You guys did. And since then we’ve been continually overwhelmed by seeing so many people around the world having such a passionate connection with the things we have made.  What we’ve been able to do, as a result of our amazing fans, fills us with a lot of pride.

The flip side is that as things have grown, so has the amount of confusion caused by the name Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.  Some of it is no big deal and easily cleared up. But sometimes we get sad and bizarre requests sent to our social media sites or emailed to people we work with. We’ve had people drive long distances to shows only to be disappointed when they realize it’s a neurotic Jew and wild haired gentile from Detroit they’ve paid to see. A number of times now we’ve received hope filled inquiries from people who have dying relatives that only want to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr (the driver) before they pass.  Those sorts of interactions feel a little voyeuristic and eerie, and even attempting to simply clarify the situation means you’ve added a moment of embarrassment to someone’s day when they’re already going through a lot.

We recognize that we created this situation and that the name has been a part of getting to where we are now. It stirred up some attention for us in the modern internet world of over-stimulation, and we aren’t complaining about any of it–good and bad.  The name has become it’s own personality, though.  Almost, another member of the band.

But as time has passed, we have grown into ourselves, both as artists and individuals.  Each of our perspectives have gotten stronger, and we’ve found that there is no longer room for a third, ubiquitous member of the project.

So recently, after a lot of thought and discussion, we made the decision to shorten our band name to the much more brief moniker of…


We hope this doesn’t bum you guys out too much. In our mind, changing our name to JR JR allows us to take back our voice in a way.  To us It is all about empowerment, and being who we feel we need to be moving forward.

At the same time, we don’t want to run away from what we’ve done under this name with all of you in the past.  If you need us to remain Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr for your own reasons, we have no problem with you calling us that. After all, nobody is forcing us into this change, so we’re able to do it at our own pace. Functionally, we will go on performing as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr for a short while longer so that nothing feels imminently different when we announce shows. We probably even have a few t-shirts with the old name left that we’ll burn through the last of in the coming months.

But in the long run we’re going to transition into just being JR JR. We encourage you all to come out to the next show near you and celebrate another phase of life with us.  The past is passed, and we are so excited about the future.  We hope there is nothing mournful about this.

ESPECIALLY… because we’ll have another announcement very very soon. One that we hope gives all of you out there a reason to move forward with us as JR JR.

Ok, this has gotten lengthy so we’ll leave it at that for now.

Thank you for allowing us into your worlds…We are eternally grateful for the privilege

yours truly,
Josh & Daniel

who at times have referred to themselves as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr

but are now going to be known as the much easier to say…


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Kelis Wrote A Cookbook!


Kelis’ love affair with food started as a child.  A native New Yorker, her mother worked as a chef in her own catering business, run out of their home in Harlem.  Driven by the speed and the intensity in the kitchen, Kelis’ passion behind watching her mother cook inspired her to roll up her sleeves, willing do to what anyone asked of her.  Every detail was clear and defined:  Red lips, red nails, perfume, earrings and a military demeanor, Kelis felt in the presence of a master while watching her mother work.

At age 17, Kelis signed her first recording contract and began to travel the world.  She discovered local outdoor markets and tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants and considered them the hidden treasures of her journeys.  After 10 years in the music business, Kelis decided to attend Le Cordon Bleu.  Attending the famous cooking school gave Kelis the confidence to call herself a chef and to write her first cookbook.

MY LIFE ON A PLATE: RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD (Kyle Books; September 28, 2015; Hardcover; $24.95) tells Kelis’ personal story through the food she creates.  Her style has been molded by her culture, her travels, and all the people she met along the way.  “My Life On A Plate is my first cookbook, and like the title says, it really is a reflection of my life through food.  It includes my version of recipes I grew up eating and things I’ve picked up that have inspired me along the way,” says Kelis. “It’s an exploration of tastes and cultures, and my experience as a chef, musician, mother and wife. It’s a lifestyle, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.”

This book is a collection of her favorite recipes.  It features a mix of foods from her Puerto Rican heritage, such as Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder), Arroz con Gandules, and Shrimp Alcapurias along with dishes she created after discovering them on her travels around the world such as Malay Curry Chicken and Swedish Meatballs. Food lovers looking for a new kind of food fusion experience will love MY LIFE ON A PLATE.

“The music world is full of foodies, from Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos to Action Bronson and his penchant for rapping about barbecued venison. Kelis out-foodies them all.”-Observer Food Monthly

Pre-order “MY LIFE ON A PLATE” now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all other book retailers ahead of its September 28th release.

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Video: Dave Monks – “Gasoline”


All Signs Point To Yes​ is the first solo release from Tokyo Police Club bandleader Dave Monks. Made up of six songs, including the lead single “Gasoline,” the EP was released on Tuesday, June 16 via Dine Alone Records.

Dave has now shared his first music video from the EP for the lead single “Gasoline.” Premiering on BlackBook, the video is simple and clean, with the camera trained on Dave as he performs his single with just an acoustic guitar. It was directed by Chris Schoonover and features camera work by Tyler Kufs, Stephanie Dimiskovski, and Jonathan Schoonover.

All Signs Point To Yes was written and completed ​over the latter half of 2013, while Monks was falling in love with a new person and a new place. Inspired by that romantic relationship and a move from Toronto to Brooklyn, Monks sought to hone in on the honesty in his songwriting, stripping away other sounds in order to focus the spotlight on his voice and acoustic guitar. The result is an EP of fully formed, earnest, and insightful songs that serve as both a natural evolution and familiar embrace of Monks’ music.

Removing the other instruments also revealed a creative freedom for Monks, inspiring a simplicity and directness to which all songwriters aspire. “As I was writing these songs I just thought, ‘What if this i​s​ the song, what if it just starts with me and I don’t have to add anything else and I can embrace all the things that come most naturally to me?’ There’s definitely less stuff to hide behind.”

Settled in his new place in Bushwick, Monks embraced the collaborative spirit and structure of New York City, adding a new bass player and drummer to the project while sharing songs constantly with his girlfriend and other musician friends. “It’s definitely honest,” he says of his voice on the EP, which he recorded himself in his apartment before handing over to be mixed by Rob Schnapf. “It could be too honest for some people but I’m in a really good spot and wrote a bunch of sweet songs. I appreciate the connection that comes from sharing something that somebody might not have seen, that’s not visible to the naked eye. People do relate to it, and I find that super rewarding; that drives me in a lot of ways. I’m trying to understand what people really want to get out of music.”

Despite all its sincerity and intimacy, A​ll Signs Points To Yes s​till manages to avoid being too wistful or overly serious while still giving us a very real look into the life of its singer. It i​s a small record with a big heart, a snapshot of a man in a new time and new place who is learning to expand his reach, all while stripping away the superfluous and concentrating on connecting through trust, humor, and sincerity.

All Signs Point To Yes Tracklisting

The Rules
Miss You
Heartbeat Blues
Summer Dream

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Video: Brick + Mortar – “Train”

Brick + Mortar will release their highly anticipated EP on 7/17. But, right now, they are thrilled to premiere their new video for “Train”. The video plays off of the trops of the star-crossed lovers by reenacting some of the most iconic scenes from famous love films to create an epic ode to love.

The video plays homage to such films as:

  • Romeo + Juliet 
  • Say Anything 
  • Annie Hall 
  • Titanic 
  • It’s a Wonderful Life 
  • Dirty Dancing 
  • American Beauty 
  • Sixteen Candles 
  • Grease 
  • Blue Valentine 
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s 
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Love Actually 
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
  • Lost in Translation 
  • The Graduate

Tour Dates

7/16/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
7/17/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square w/ The Ting Tings
7/18/15 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
7/19/15 – Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
7/21/15 – Detroit, MI @The Shelter
7/22/15 – Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
7/23/15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
7/24/15 – Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase
7/25/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Music Garage Live
7/27/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corozon
7/28/15 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
7/29/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
7/30/15 – Redlands, CA @ Hangar 24 Brewery
7/31/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
8/01/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
8/02/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
8/04/15 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
8/05/15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
8/07/15 – Tampa, FL @ New Wrold Brewery
8/08/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball 2015
8/09/15 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
8/11/15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
8/12/15 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
8/13/15 – Washington, DC @ DC9
8/14/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
8/15/15 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall Studio
8/16/15 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

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New Song From MS MR – “Criminals”

photo credit: Charlotte Rutherford

photo credit: Charlotte Rutherford

With just a week remaining until the release of their explosive new album, How Does It Feel, music duo MS MR (Lizzy Plapinger and and Max Hershenow) have unveiled their brand new single, “Criminals.” First shared by Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 World Record this week, listen to the shimmering and energetic pop anthem below. How Does It Feel, which will be released July 17 via Columbia Records, is available to pre-order today exclusively at iTunes:

To celebrate the album’s release, MS MR will make a huge splash in Chicago during Lollapalooza weekend later this month. Starting Wednesday, July 29, the band, in partnership with Airbnb, will perform a private in-home concert for one lucky Airbnb host and 20 guests. That same night, Lizzy and Max will also DJ Vevo’s LIFT Live concert at The Vic Theatre; MS MR is currently featured as Vevo’s LIFT artist for the month of July. On Thursday, July 30, MS MR is joined by Columbia labelmates Wet for a sold-out Lollapalooza After Show at Lincoln Hall. And on Friday, July 31, the band takes the stage at Lollapalooza.

Tickets are now on sale for MS MR’s North American/European fall headline tour, which kicks off September 24 and features supporting acts Circa Waves, Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ, Crater, Tigertown and more. Throughout the tour, MS MR will be donating a portion of every ticket sold to an inspiring organization, Third Wave Fund, a national fund that supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism.

7/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier – Tix
7/22 – Melbourne, Australia – Russell- Tix
7/24 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour in the Grass Festival – Tix
7/25 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre – Tix
7/29 – Chicago, IL – Vevo’s Lift Live – SOLD OUT
7/30 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza – Aftershow at Lincoln Hall (w/ Wet) – Tix
7/31 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza – Tix
8/2 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga – Tix
8/7 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field – Tix
9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset – Tix
9/9 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand – Tix
9/10 – Oslo, Norway, Parkteatret – Tix
9/12 – Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza – Tix
9/24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (w/ Circa Waves, Crater) – Tix
9/25 – Austin, TX – Emo’s (w/ Circa Waves, Crater) – Tix
9/27 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (w/ Circa Waves, Crater) – Tix
9/28 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery Ballroom (w/ Circa Waves, Crater) – Tix
9/29 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (w/ Circa Waves, Crater) – Tix
10/1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/ Circa Waves, Crater) – Tix
10/5 – Boston, MA – Royale (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ) – Tix
10/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ) – Tix
10/10 – Toronto, Canada – Danforth Music Hall (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ) – Tix
10/12 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall (w/ Jack Garratt, VÉRITÉ) – Tix
10/17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt) – Tix
10/19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown) – Tix
10/20 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown) – Tix
10/21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown) – Tix
10/23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown) – Tix
10/25 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown) – Tix
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (w/ Jack Garratt, Tigertown) – Tix
11/06 – Brighton, UK – The Arch – Tix
11/07 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy – Tix
11/08 – Glasgow – Art School – Tix
11/10 – London, UK – Electric Brixton – Tix
11/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Orangerie – Tix
11/13 – Paris, France – Trabendo – Tix
11/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (Old Room) – Tix
11/16 – Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra – Tix
11/17 – Munich, Germany – Technikum – Tix
11/18 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp – Tix
11/19 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria – Tix
11/21 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo – Tix

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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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New Song From Mighty Mouse!


Listen: Mighty Mouse – “Luna”

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Check ‘Em Out: Color Palette – “Seventeen”

Color Palette

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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