Newest Love: Gibbz – “Bright Lights”

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Gibbz first single + lyric video “Bright Lights” is  from his upcoming EP Oh My God out 12/16. When talking about the track Gibbz said, “Bright Lights was the first track written for the record. It’s about a night out with friends on whatever drugs you can find. The bright light is referring to how some substances can cause lights and colors to be more vibrant. The pacing of the track and its build of instrumentation are to show how there’s a delicate balance between taking just the right amount, and going too far.” You can catch Gibbz on tour this fall with Dragonette and also, check out his podcast “Drinking With Gibbz”.

In 2014, New York native Mike Gibney wanted to get away from his past, working for touring artists as a sound engineer and tour manager, to focus on writing and recording his own music. His debut EP Who Gibbz a F#@$ showed that he was no longer content with being behind the scenes, but rather yearned for the spotlight. Following up with the Chardonnay EP, he aligned himself with other artists that began to see him more as a peer, than a hired hand. He toured extensively through the US and Europe with Gramatik, Cherub, Exmag, Ghost Beach, and the Floozies before independently releasing his first full-length album, Above Water in 2016. Gibbzwill finish off 2016 with another EP titled Oh My God, before tackling his first headlining tour beginning in 2017.

TOUR DATES

11/26 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
11/27 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
11/29 – The Independent – San Fransisco, CA
11/30 – The Roxy – Hollywood, CA
12/02 – Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
12/03 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
12/05 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
12/06 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
12/08 – A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
12/09 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
12/10 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
12/11 – Royale – Boston, MA
12/31 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
01/12 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
01/19  – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
01/26  – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY

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Check ‘Em Out: POOLCLVB Remixes For “Always” From Odd Mob and Ocular

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Recently Australian producer POOLCLVB gave us the first peek at his forthcoming debut EP with a summery new track called “Always”, and this week he is excited to share two incredible remixes of that track from Brisbane duo Odd Mob and US producer Ocular.

“We went a little bit more experimental with this remix whilst still retaining the summery-road trip vibes of the original” – Odd Mob

“The first time I heard the track and the vocals I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Most of my tracks lately have been more graves and MYRNE-esque but I went back to my roots with this one.” – Ocular

“Always” is a homage to Australian house, with summery, playful rhythms and samples. Carl Fox (of Porsches) lends his languid and sultry vocals, telling the classic story of ‘boy meets girl’.

“Written and recorded in a single day, we bounced lyrics back and forth and it just came together so organically. Sometimes guys dont express their feelings as much as girls, we wanted this track to do just that. If you find it hard to say I love you, let this track speak for you.” -POOLCLVB

With candied, sprightly melodies over dance-flecked synths and drum machines, POOLCLVB brings to mind the infectious feelings of a new relationship; brimming joy and seemingly endless possibilities.

Check out the original of the track below:

“Always” is available now through etcetc music, ahead of POOLCLVB’s forthcoming debut You + Me EP which is seeing its release in January 2017.

Which one is your fave?

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New Song: Dragonette – “Darth Vader”

Photo Credit: Gabe Ayala

Photo Credit: Gabe Ayala

The new album (their fourth) from Dragonette, Royal Blues, is due out on Friday! Check out the latest single, “Darth Vader”.

The band is currently on tour — check out the dates below.

Tour Dates:
* = w/ Lowell
^ = w/ Gibbz

11/9: Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s*
11/10: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre*
11/11: Montréal, QC @ Théâtre Fairmount*
11/12: Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre*
11/16: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret*
11/17: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub*
11/18: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room*
11/19: Calgary, AB @ The Gateway at SAIT*
11/22: Kelowna, BC @ Sapphire Nightclub*
11/23: Vancouver, BC @ Imperial*
11/24: Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub*
11/26: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge ^
11/27: Seattle, WA @ Neumos ^
11/29: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent ^
11/30: West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre ^
12/2: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar ^
12/3: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater ^
12/5: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ^
12/6: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^
12/8: Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar ^
12/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw ^
12/11: Boston, MA @ Royale Boston ^

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Video: SSHH – “Dominoes” (Big Pink Cover)

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UK duo SSHH is bringing in rhythm sections from Marilyn Manson and The Big Pink for their latest endeavor: the team took on The Big Pink’s classic “Dominos,” and the track and accompanying video are now streaming exclusively via Team Rock. Singer Sshh Liguz and guitarist Zak Starkey, also known as the current drummer of The Who, formerly of Oasis, and son of Ringo Starr, have gathered a full force of legendary rhythm sections for their upcoming full length of covers, titled ISSUES: because all bands have them. “Dominos” enlists Gil Sharone of Marilyn Manson on drums, Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson on bass, Robbie Furze of The Big Pink on vocals, and was produced and mixed by Nick Launay.

 

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Newest Love: Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – “Easy Go”

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Since their inception ten years ago, Mad Decent has quickly established itself as a global hotspot for budding talent and the Diplo-led imprint has become home to several of the electronic industry’s brightest talents. Their newest release titled “Easy Go,” comes from the dynamic pairing of certified remix king Grandtheft and singer/songwriter Delaney Jane.

Grandtheft and I have been working on this track for about a year now and I’m super excited to finally put it out, especially with a fellow artist from Toronto. This song is about living in the fast lane, kinda just going through the motions of every day life while not really feeling alive… That is, until meeting someone who changes it all. I’m in love with this track and I hope it speaks to people like it does to us!” – Delaney Jane

From the start, “Easy Go” has the makings of a chart-topper: Irresistable vocals, whimsical lyrics, and an addictive melody that one may expect from a Grandtheft production. The chemistry between these two Toronto-based artists is on full display throughout the single, with Delaney Jane providing the perfect touch of vocal gloss to match with Grandtheft’s creative output.

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Video: Communist Daughter – “Hold Back”

 

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“The song has notes of The New Pornographers, and the harmonies during the hook are heavenly. A pretty voice over a grimy guitar? Yeah. That’s good.” – USA Today

…soothing on a surface level, like latter-day Yo La Tengo…the subject matter is much deeper and darker” – Stereogum

A few years ago, Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene, forming the angular indie pop band Friends Like These and touring extensively, receiving critical praise from far-flung sources that looked like the beginning of a promising career. The rising success masked his struggle with addiction and mental health problems and quickly eclipsed his career, landing him in jail and treatment facilities across the country.  By the end of that whirlwind, he retreated to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were over.

However, when he moved out of the city, his demons followed him and he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his eulogy: songs about lost love and lost chances, He recruited some friends to come out and put it all to tape. Calling his new band Communist Daughter, they released their debut album Soundtrack to the End in 2010.  As they gained national attention, Johnny once again had to put it all on hold and checked himself in to rehab.

In 2012, Communist Daughter returned with a clear-eyed John, his now-wife Molly Solomon, bassist Adam Switlick, Steven Yasgar on drums, Al Weirs on guitar and Dillon Marchus on keys.  They released an EP, Lions & Lambs, and began touring the country again and gaining national attention.

By 2014, they had entered the studio to spend the next two years crafting their sophomore release. Working with producer Kevin Bowe (Replacements, Meat Puppets), they recorded in and out of studios trying to capture the deeply personal songs in a much more deliberate style.  Going from studio to bedroom to studio again, they created an album with 11 songs running the gambit from high peaks to dark lows. They took the finished tracks to Nashville where Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) put the final mix together, and had Heba Kadry (Future Islands, And You Will Know Us…) master the final product in NYC.

And now, here we are — celebrating the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album The Cracks That Built the Wall. Check out the video below for their track, “Hold Back”.

 

Tour Dates:

11/7 Lexington KY – The Burl
11/8 Madison – The Frequency
11/9 Iowa City – Yacht Club
11/10 UW Platteville – Platteville, WI
11/11 Minneapolis – First Avenue

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New Music: Surfer Blood – “Six Flags In F Or G”

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Surfer Blood has announced their fourth studio album, Snowdonia, due out February 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings. A sonic departure for the band, Snowdonia is Surfer Blood’s first release since the tragic loss of guitarist Thomas Fekete to cancer in May 2016.

Snowdonia was written shortly after the band’s first long tour without Fekete, as lead singer John Paul Pitts struggled with Fekete’s absence and the weight of getting older. Featuring a talented new lineup that sees Michael McCleary on guitar and Lindsey Mills on bass — both high school classmates of Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz — Snowdonia marks the first time since the band’s debut album, 2010’s Astro Coast, that Pitts has written and mixed a Surfer Blood record alone. Though the album features plenty of Surfer Blood’s signature hooks, it also incorporates heavier themes. One of the record’s darkest songs, “Six Flags in F or G,” was written as Pitts grappled with Fekete’s illness and his absence on tour.

Shortly after Fekete was diagnosed with cancer, Pitts’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and began undergoing chemotherapy. Her illness inspired him to write “Carrier Pigeon” — Pitts notes it is the most narrative and autobiographical song he’s ever written, and it embodies his attempts to reconcile the love he has for his parents with not always loving how they choose to see the world.

Other tracks on the record attempt to deal with aging in a more playful way. “Matter of Time” is a straightforward pop song that focuses on the decision of when to get married, something Pitts is now considering at age 30. “Taking Care of Eddy” can be taken literally: it was written about Pitts’ girlfriend’s great uncle, Eddy, an 84-year-old who suffered stunted development after a car accident as a child. As a result, he thinks and acts like an eight year old, has Parkinson’s disease, and can’t get around by himself, but maintains a childlike sense of wonder. While taking care of him hasn’t been easy, Pitts tried to inject some of Eddy’s playfulness into the song.

While Snowdonia grapples with heavier material, Pitts likens some of the more complex songs to Astro Coast track “Anchorage,” though the new songs were written specifically with the band’s current lineup and new strengths in mind. Wanting to play up McCleary and Mills’ vocal skills, he wrote layers of vocals into almost every track and added call-and-response parts between himself and Mills throughout the album.

With enormous attention to detail, the eight tracks on Snowdonia make the album Surfer Blood’s most ambitious release yet.

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Snowdonia Track Listing:
1. Matter of Time
2. Frozen
3. Dino Jay
4. Six Flags in F or G
5. Snowdonia
6. Instant Doppelgängers 
7. Taking Care of Eddy
8. Carrier Pigeon 

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Check ‘Em Out: The Megaphonic Thrift

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On 11/11, Bergen, Norway-based band The Megaphonic Thrift will release their album Få meg til verden i tide via Old Flame Records. The band has premiered their track “Pilene,” which you can check out now:

Last month SPIN Magazine premiered the album’s first track “Hendene,” calling it “pulverizing noise rock.” Earlier this year, the band won a Spellemann Award (equivelant of a Norwegian GRAMMY Award) for best indie album. Få meg til verden i tide is The Megaphonic Thrift’s fourth album, and it’s the band’s first to feature lyrics in Norwegian. Much less guitar orientated than previous albums, Få meg til verden i tide is filled with synthesizers, and it’s their first with new collaborators Njål Paulsberg (neo Tokyo/Young Dreams) and Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh).
“The four members in Megaphonic have become more unison for each record we’ve made together,” says guitarist and vocalist Richard Myklebust. “After the third record, making new music felt like giving each other a hug. We wanted to bring in someone who had a more radical approach to making music. We needed disagreement, and boy did we get it.”

A lot has happened since the summer of 2015 when The Megaphonic Thrift filled a car with synths and boxed wine, isolating themselves in a cabin far up in the Norwegian desolate mountains to write what would become Få meg til verden i tide.

“We thought we were just heading into the studio to make the final adjustments and thought it was going to be easy. All the songs were ready. It didn’t turn out easy at all,” says bassist and vocalist Linn Frøkedal.

The band describes the studio process as a long road trip, where a new driver can take the wheel at any moment. “Nikolaisen is based in Oslo (on the other side of the mountains), and guitarist Clementsen was on a Japanese tour with his other band Electric Eye, so sketches and new ideas were thrown back and forth on seemingly endless mail threads,” says guitarist Njål Clementsen. “This record is proof that it is possible to make a really cool record in a really hard way. It doesn’t have to be easy!”

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Just Dance: Leah Culver – “Slow Motion”

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Following the success of her “Where Are U Now” by JACK U and “Taken Back” by Twofold remixes, Leah Culver is back with a new, original release – “Slow Motion” – just in time for the autumn season.

“This song is about the hopeless romantic inside all of us – in slow motion. I wanted to write about what it feels like to be in a relationship that takes us and traps us in time. We all know what it’s like to be with someone we know we have to let go. This song is about those stories, and how it affects us as people.” – Leah Culver on her inspiration behind “Slow Motion”

Since 2011, Leah Culver has been a dynamic presence for the dance floor, impressing her fans and peers time and time again with her multi-talents. Singer, songwriter, DJ and producer – Leah is an artist who personally cultivates her music from scratch and gives it a voice. Having performed on the stages of TomorrowWorld, Counterpoint Music Festival and Imagine Music Festival, she has garnered the support from industry heavy-hitters including Adventure Club, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Porter Robinson, Seven Lions and more.

An Atlanta native, Leah Culver carved out a local following under her original moniker, MK Ultra, and has been turning heads ever since. Whether she is playing with a live band or operating from coast to coast, Leah’s main mission is to share her musical message with the world.

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Byron Nash & Plan B: ” A Band Born Out of Pure Friendship and Love For Making Music”

Photo: afayepr.com

Photo: afayepr.com

Byron Nash, a Pittsburgh based musician, has been doing this music thing for a long time. While playing lead guitar of the band Formula412, he worked on writing and recording some ideas and keeping them on the “back-burner” you could say. This “back-burner” was called ‘Plan B’.

After collecting over 10 years of songs and ideas, Nash took some music production courses and eventually started his own music company, BNDEEPendent Music. He and his friend Evan Thorsen had been jamming and hanging out together for years; when they finally decided to play some of their songs live in 2014. After great reception, they were asked the following year to play at Kayafest, a restaurant that was having it’s 20th Year Anniversary block party. They put together a makeshift band of talented musicians and again were met with great praise…enough that they finally decided to go forth full throttle as a band.

All they had to do was come up with their name. It was suggested that their name simply be ‘Nash’, but Byron felt weird about it being just his name. So — ta-da!!! Byron Nash & Plan B it is!

And they’ve got a little bit of something for everyone, too! The band is  “a well-balanced fusion of rocking dual-guitars, funk-and-soul, straight-forward and emotional vocals, simple songwriting, and a little bit of jam-band and fusion mixed in there.”

The band is having a very special release party for their very first EP, The Late Bloomer, this Friday at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls.

Check out the Facebook event HERE

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