Listen: Duck Sauce – “Radio Stereo”
The dog days of summer call for a brand new song from The Chain Gang of 1974. The sun soaked vibes of “Miko,” which premiered with Neon Gold yesterday, is the first new offering TCGO1974 has released since 2011 and will be on their upcoming sophomore album.
“‘Miko,’ the barnstorming first taste of [the] next record opens innocently enough, like a waxing moonbeam of meditative pop, unfolding with relaxed candor…But then things go haywire as it slides into hyperdrive, taking off on the pestilent wings of Isom Innis’ studio magic as the Foster The People jack-of-all-tradesman turns in one of his finest production efforts yet. Buckle up and take flight.” says Neon Gold.
“Miko” is the first new track from the The Chain Gang of 1974′s sophomore LP due out in 2014 – the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut Wayward Fire. The Chain Gang of 1974 is the moniker of genre-jumping singer/multi-instrumentalist, Kamtin Mohager. Since moving from his hometown of Denver to Los Angeles three years ago, in the midst of recording Wayward Fire, Kamtin has now become one with the elements of Southern California. His upcoming album is indicative of his free spirited lifestyle. The upcoming album was produced by Isom Innis (Foster The People) with additional help from Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix and Silversun Pickups, among many more).
NYC’s Lucius is a triple threat quintet with tight vocal harmonies, stomping percussion and an irresistibly charming and sincere live show. The band has announced the North American release of their debut full-length album Wildewoman on October 15 with NYC indie label Mom+Pop. Produced by Dan Molad & Lucius, Wildewoman is a lush recording that preserves a modern edge while stylishly showcasing 60s classic pop influences.
As introduced on the band’s 2012 self-titled EP, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe’s intertwining vocals reverberate amidst rhythmic instrumentation performed by bandmates Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri on this full-length, eleven song debut. “Hey, Doreen,” a new album track from Wildewoman recently premiered and guess what? You can hear it!
Listen: Lucius – “Hey, Doreen”
Solidifying its reputation as a must-see live band, Lucius has already left its mark on this year’s SXSW, Bonnaroo and Solid Sound festivals. The band takes to the road once again for headlining shows in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more, and to share stages with Tegan & Sara and The Head and the Heart.
Wildewoman Track list:
02. Turn It Around
03. Go Home
04. Hey, Doreen
06. Nothing Ordinary
07. Two Of Us On The Run
08. Until We Get There
09. Don’t Just Sit There
11. How Loud Your Heart Gets
Lucius Tour Dates
7/31: Toronto, ON @ Edgefest
8/1: Rochester, NY @ Party In The Park #
8/2: North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA (FREE with museum admission)
8/7: New Haven, CT @ Bar (FREE)
8/8: Montreal, QC @ ARTV Studio, Inside Place Des Arts (FREE)
8/9: Newmarket, NH @ Stone Church
8/10: Bangor, ME @ Kahbang Fest
8/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
8/16: Lyons, CO @ Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
8/22: Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewery (FREE)
8/23: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
8/25: Chicago, IL @ The Vic^
8/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
8/29: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
9/7: Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
9/21: Utopia, TX @ Utopiafest
10/25: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
+ supporting Tegan & Sara
# supporting The Head and the Heart
^ supporting Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Theophilus London has been holed up in studios from Paris to Berlin to Brooklyn working on music for his still untitled new album, due this fall. The first taste of the vibe and direction Theophilus is taking for the album can be heard on “Rio,” which was produced by Thomas Brenneck and the Menahan Street Band. The track was exclusively premiered with The Fader and will be available for purchase at iTunes and all DSP’s on Tuesday, April 16th.
Theophilus has a lot of love for “Rio.” “I went to Rio in 2010 to play a festival alongside Erykah Badu and Femi Kuti and it was incredible,” explains TL. “I was only supposed to be down there for a couple days, but wound up staying in Rio for two weeks. The trip gave me so much energy and I met so many amazing people that it inspired me to make a song in Rio’s honor.”
Theophilus will be performing “Rio” on the main stage at Coachella Saturday April 13th and April 20th. He’s also confirmed for Lollapalooza this summer.
“This album was written and recorded in LA. We had a lot of fun doing it, we met some incredible people on this process. We felt very free with song structures and melodies. Working with them in an intuitive/more melodic way. Treating each song as it’s own thing. ‘Hangover’ is like summer in space.” – CSS
From the acclaimed 2006 debut Cansei De Ser Sexy to 2011′s La Liberación, CSS returns with their fourth studio album Planta, produced by TV On The Radio’s David Sitek (The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Scarlet Johansson, Santigold). While exploring new ways of writing, Planta’s infectious tones show a unique combination of pop, dance, punk and reggae that make for the perfect summer soundtrack.
Co-written by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, the playful, synth-and-beats-filled track “Hangover” delivers the energy that keeps the party going strong until the morning after.
Planta consists of irresistibly danceable tracks beginning with the album’s first offering, “Honey” and the intensely energetic “Dynamite”. With a seamless downshift, CSS charms you with songs like ”Sweet” and “Frankie Goes to North Hollywood” slowing things down for an easy sunny afternoon listen as you soak up the mesmerizing electronic notes. Like a Planta to water this album is a celebration of love, friendship, and fun.
Stream: CSS – “Hangover”
CSS’ new album, Planta, will be out June 11, 2013
3. Into The Sun
7. Too Hot
8. Teenage Tiger Cat
9. Frankie Goes To North Hollywood
10. The Hangout
11. Faith In Love
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are back! The Detroit duo of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott are currently putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, which will be out later this year. In the interim, DEJJ will offer a taste of what’s to come. Patterns, a brand new EP, will be released by Warner Bros. Records in the US on April 16th digitally and April 20th physically as a vinyl only Record Store Day piece. The physical version of the EP will include two exclusive remixes. The band just premiered their new song, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” on their website. “Dancefloor” will be available on iTunes April 2nd.
The band will be celebrating the release of Patterns with a select number of headlining shows, including a special hometown Record Store Day show in Detroit at The Majestic Theater for the second year in a row. They’ll also be performing in NYC, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. All confirmed dates are below.
Patterns EP Tracklisting
1. If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor)
2. Dark Water
4/20 – DETROIT – MAJESTIC THEATER (Record Store Day Show)
4/26 – BROOKLYN – MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
5/11 – AUSTIN – THE PARISH
5/16 – LOS ANGELES – EL REY
5/17 – SAN FRANCISCO – THE INDEPENDENT
5/24 – CHICAGO – LINCOLN HALL
On their self-titled sophomore album Caveman stretch their legs in a number of different, albeit cohesive, directions. Their highly anticipated return will come out in America via Fat Possum Records on April 2nd, and the first single “In The City” is available now for streaming here!
Caveman—a five-man vibe collective from NYC—released their first album in 2011. As first albums go, CoCo Beware was something akin to a moody statement of intent, a blueprint for a band quickly learning how to create horizon-wide rock songs that were equal parts intimate and expansive. Initially self-released and later snatched up by Fat Possum for re-release in early 2012, the record brims over with four-part harmonies, crystalline guitar lines, and tracks that see-sawed between echoey lullaby (“A Country’s King of Dreams”) to shoegaze-by-way-of classic-FM-radio sprawl (“Old Friend” — which btw is my FAVORITE song from them). The album quickly elevated Caveman from local band to watch to a sizable touring draw and formidable live act, as evidenced by stints on the road with the likes of The War on Drugs, White Rabbits and Built to Spill. Despite being the work of a brand new band, CoCo Beware displayed a kind of Zen-like ease. It was the sound a five friends settling into a nice groove; the music that happens when, for whatever reason, a lot of seemingly disparate elements finally fall into place.
“We all went up to Jimmy’s grandmother’s place in New Hampshire,” says singer Matthew Iwanusa. “That’s where the new record kind of started. It was literally the attic of her barn, lit up by Christmas lights. We’d all sit in this one room together and one by one we’d all go into the bathroom and record ourselves making the most psycho noises possible. It actually felt kind of like a weird breakthrough. We were all confident and comfortable enough with each other to try out these experiments, which extended itself into the making of the new record…which is really just an evolution of this vibe that we’d been cultivating for long time.”
With that, the guys holed up in Brooklyn’s Rumpus Room to start recording in earnest with Nick Stumpf (who produced the band’s debut album) and Albert Di Fiore behind the controls. As a result, the guitars on Caveman are bigger and more expansive, the rhythm section is tighter and more adventurous, the keyboards more opaque and pronounced. Like a marriage between Tangerine Dream, late period Slowdive, and Lindsey Buckingham, tracks like their new single “In the City” and “Ankles” boast synth lines that sound simultaneously retro and futuristic, while “Pricey” and “Never Want to Know” overflow with guitar sounds that could have miraculously floated off an old Cure album. It should be noted that James Carbonetti, the band’s primary guitar player, also happens to be one of the most highly regarded guitar makers in New York City.
And while Caveman’s music could certainly operate on the level of dreamy soundscape and still be excellent, the depth of feeling in front man Matthew Iwanusa’s lyrics helps weave the songs deeply into your memory. When Iwanusa sings “Where’s the time to waste on someone else’s life?” on “Where’s the Time,” it’s hard not to read between the lines. Wonder and regret seem to fuel the record in almost equal measure.
Caveman – CAVEMAN tracklisting:
01 — Strange to Suffer
02 — In the City
03 — Shut You Down
04 — Where’s the Time
05 — Chances
06 — Over My Head
07 — Ankles
08 — Pricey
09 — I See You
10 — I Never Want to Know
11 — The Big Push
Caveman tour dates (more to be announced):
Tue, Feb 26 – New Haven, CT @ Café Nine INFO
Wed, Feb 27 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Thu, Feb 28 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo INFO
Fri, Mar 01 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Sat, Mar 02 – Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
Mon, Mar 04 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop INFO
Tue, Mar 05 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas INFO
Wed, Mar 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry INFO
Thu, Mar 07 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar INFO
Fri, Mar 08 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Sat, Mar 09 – Oxford, MS @ Lamar Lounge
Mon, Mar 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge INFO
Tue, Mar 12-17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
Mon, Mar 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits
Tue, Mar 19 – Denver, Co @ Larimer Lounge
Wed, Mar 20 – Salt Lake City, UK @ Urban Lounge
Fri, Mar 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Sat, Mar 23 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
Sun, Mar 24 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
Tue, Mar 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Thu, Mar 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Fri, Mar 29 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Sat, Mar 30 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Mon, Apr 01 – Austin, TX @ The Parish INFO
Tue, Apr 02 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf INFO
Thu, Apr 04 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
Fri, Apr 05 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Sat, Apr 06 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Sun, Apr 07 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 INFO
Tue, Apr 09 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage INFO
Wed, Apr 10 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Thu, Apr 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Melbourne’s four-piece Strange Talk return to the fray with a new single, “Cast Away”, the first offering from their debut album due out in early 2013.
A laid-back cavalcade of synth washes, toms, layered vocals and organic instrumentation, “Cast Away” perfectly showcases Strange Talk’s ambitions to bring together futuristic soundscapes with hook-laden direct songs.
Key songwriters and producers, Steve Docker and Gerard Sidhu’s influences (the pomp and clout of Queen, the dream haze of M83) are as diverse as their backgrounds (Steve a classical violinist, Gerard a club DJ).
Strange Talk have already commanded airwaves and online with their previous singles “Climbing Walls”, “Eskimo Boy” and “Sexual Lifestyle”. They’ve followed this up with key performances at the likes of Falls Festival, Parklife and supports slots for the likes of Kele, Marina & The Diamonds, Foster The People, The Rapture, and Art Vs. Science.
STRANGE TALK USA DATES:
THU 10/11 – SAN FRANCISCO @ RICKSHAW STOP w/ Violens (tix Rickshaw Stop)
FRI 10/12 – LOS ANGELES @ ECHO w/ wildcat! wildcat! (tix Echo)
WED 10/17 – NEW YORK @ Mercury Lounge (CMJ) (tix Mercury Lounge)
THU 10/18 NEW YORK @ TBD (CMJ)
FRI 10/19 – NEW YORK @ Terminal 5 w/ The Presets (CMJ) (tix Terminal 5)
SAT 10/20 NEW YORK @ TBD (CMJ)
The Hives are ready for their close up with the release of their new video for “Wait A Minute,” which recently premiered on MTV. Directed by Travis Schneider, the video was filmed in a Chicago hotel room using only some leather, an iron, a floor lamp, frozen yogurt, and the sweltering Chicago sun. “Wait A Minute” is the second single from The Hives lauded new album Lex Hives, which was released earlier this summer on the band’s own Disques Hives.
The Hives will return to the U.S. next month for a West Coast run, kicking off September 2 at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia with stops in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas, and more. The tour will include appearances on CONAN on September 12 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 5.
The September dates are the latest on the band’s world tour, which included a stop this past weekend at Reading & Leeds Festival, and marks their second outing in the U.S. following a widely-praised run in June. The Philadelphia Inquirer proclaimed “The Hives have been single-handedly saving rock and roll,” and the Washington Times stated, “The Hives played the audience like a fiddle.” Similarly, MTV praised their “Superhuman capacity for consistent excellency,” and SPIN anointed Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist “one of the greatest frontmen in rock.”
The band’s newest album Lex Hives is receiving worldwide praise, with NME declaring “Let it be said that Lex Hives is amazing,” and The Independent states, “If Lex Hives has one fault, it’s that it makes you want to switch it off, go straight out and see the Hives live,” and Entertainment Weekly proclaims “The Hives have returned to remind us the Swedes do it better.”
THE HIVES TOUR DATES:
The Wallflowers have announced their long-awaited new studio album Glad All Over will be released on October 2, 2012 by Columbia Records. The band’s new single, “Reboot The Mission,” is a Clash-inspired track with an unmistakable shuffle backbeat, featuring Mick Jones on vocals and guitar. The song will be available for FREE beginning this Tuesday, July 24th at www.thewallflowers.com. The single is set to impact radio on July 23rd.
Recently wrapping recording in Nashville, TN at Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with The Wallflowers’ longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup. The album is being produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen).