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Highly Anticipated: New Album From Magic Wands

Magic Wands are a dream pop duo from Los Angeles, California. They are known for their melodic, catchy songs “Black Magic” and “Teenage Love.” Chris and Dexy Valentine create music that centers on their main influence— the love of all things “magic” “love,” and “dreams”. They have recently expanded to a five-piece for live shows. Magic Wands Abracadabra Tour begins this fall in anticipation of their third album ABRAKADABRA due out early spring 2018. 

Check out their new single, from the upcoming new album, “Loveline”. 

Magic Wands have been remixed by The XX and Crystal Fighters (featured #1 in NME) as well as have toured and shared bills with The Horrors, The Black Keys, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Wombats and The Kills. In 2012 they released their debut album, Aloha Moon, & performed live on BBC1 Radio and XFM followed by Jupiter in 2016. 

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Gigi Rowe Covers Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”

Miami-based pop starlet Gigi Rowe shared her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” — check it out below.

Produced by PJ Bianco (A R I Z O N A, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas), Gigi slows down the tempo and serenades us with a heartfelt, emotive version of the track, recalling similarities to the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan / Miami Sound Machine, and Shalamar.

Gigi Rowe released her Stardust Motel EP on October 27th, highlighted by buzzing synths and hypnotic beats. Lead single “Got That,” whose official video just clocked in over one million views, was selected to include in Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2018 alongside a series of A-List artists.

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New Music From Walter Martin (of The Walkmen)

Walter Martin (co-writer/multi-instrumentalist of The Walkmen) will release his new album Reminisce Bar & Grill on February 16th via Ile Flottante Music. His fourth solo record since The Walkmen’s hiatus in 2013, Reminisce Bar & Grill was announced earlier this month with a surprise appearance on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk in which he performed two of his new songs with a full band and a barbershop quartet. Today, he unveiled another new song from the record titled “I Can Run Now From The Hellhounds But I Can’t Hide” which premiered on Consequence of Sound.

“Jaunty guitars, whistling flutes, and rippling cymbals evoke a sunlit, slightly scuzzy beachside dive. There, Martin recalls an ’emotional run’ (despite only running ‘about once a month these days’) that served to remind him ‘we’ve only got one body,'” described Consequence of Sound. “All told, the song is likely to be one of the more upbeat musings you’ll hear about the fear of impending death.”

Reminisce Bar & Grill is one that might throw fans of his two award-winning kids’ records (2014’s We’re All Young Together and 2017’s My Kinda Music) for a loop. Listeners will still recognize the same affable narrator and quirky musical style as his previous solo work, but here the subject matter is shifted dramatically. With frankness and poignancy, Martin, now a 43-year-old married man with two young children, squarely tackles the subject of adulthood – specifically, his own.

“I think this is my mid-life crisis album,” said Walter. “These days my friends and I all seem to be thinking the same dark thoughts – ‘What the hell am I doing? What the hell’s going on? I’m lost. I’m running out of time and I’m doing everything wrong. And I’m probably dying.’ This is definitely an insane period,” he continues, “but most of the time I kind of love it.”

While Martin approaches these subject matters with candor and sincerity, he clearly also enjoys mining them for humor. “I wanted this album to be an entertaining discussion of marriage, fatherhood, work, fear, and weakness,” he explained. “I’m definitely influenced by Woody Allen movies. No matter how serious or romantic or dark his story may be, there’s always a strong undercurrent of comedy.”

Reminisce Bar & Grill was recorded at various studios in Brooklyn and at Richard Swift’s National Freedom Studio in Cottage Grove Oregon. The songs were mixed by D. James Goodwin (Bob Weir, Craig Finn), Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses). A nimble multi-instrumentalist, Martin handled guitar, piano, organ, bass and percussion duties, but he also relied on the services of a coterie of crafty players and singers: Brian Kantor (Fruit Bats) on drums, Josh Kaufman (Craig Finn, Josh Ritter) on guitar, and Jamie Krents (French Kicks) on bass. The soaring harmony vocals woven throughout the album are delivered by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah singer Alec Ounsworth.

Track List:
01) Me & McAlevey
02) Too Cold To Waterski
03) I Went Alone On A Solo Australian Tour
04) I Can Run Now From The Hellhounds But I Can’t Hide
05) I’m A Puppy
06) The Drummer
07) Ride Down The Avenue
08) I Wanna Be A Country Singer
09) Pink Piano
10) Colorado Lonesome
11) I Dreamed I Was Lana Del Rey’s Older Brother

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Video: Public Access TV – “Metrotech”

Photo Credit: Jonah Freud

Public Access TV has shared a video for their new single “MetroTech” off of their highly anticipated sophomore album Street Safari, due out in February 2018.
 
The video features Kevin Corrigan (Buffalo 66, Pineapple Express, The Departed) dancing through the dimly lit streets of the city.
 
“Max (bassist from PATV) met Kevin randomly while day-drinking alone at some dive bar. Kevin was there by himself as well and eventually they started talking and spent the rest of the day hanging at this bar. Max then “night walked” home and the next day when he told John the story, the video idea and everything was created.”

The story of Public Access TV seems like it was written for an episode of Behind The Music. A group of friends drop out of high school and catch a New York City bound bus with dreams of starting a band. What follows is a frenzy of press hype, label bidding wars, a critically-acclaimed debut album, sold-out tours, and festival slots around the world. 

But as all viewers of any music doc surely know, there is always a darker side to the story, and PATV is no exception. Addiction, recovery programs, public brawls (mostly with one-another), a devastating explosion that destroyed all their earthly possessions, and a car crash behind the wheel of an 80’s convertible…a lifetime packed into a one-album cycle. Now for part two, Public Access TV’s sophomore album: Street Safari.
 
The band, comprised of frontman and lead-singer John Eatherly, Xan Aird, Max Peebles, and Pete Star, entered the studio to record the new album in fall 2017 with Producer Patrick Wimberly (Beyonce, Chairlift, MGMT, Blood Orange) armed with a plethora of songs they’d written documenting the tumultuous last few years of their lives. The first single “Metrotech” previews the more expansive palette the band is working with on their new album. 

“I think it’s a cop-out to say that this is our mature album, or whatever cliche thing it is that bands say about their second album.” says Eatherly. “There was no spiritual awakening or come-to-Jesus moment. We’re four young guys trying to figure our lives out, be good people, and a lot of the time find ourselves coming up short. Expressing this through songwriting is the challenge and I can only hope the deliverance.”  
 
Tickets for Public Access TV’s European / North American tour are on sale now. Full dates below.
European Headlining Tour Dates:

Feb 13: Academy 2. Dublin, Ireland
Feb 14: Broadcast. Glasgow
Feb 15: Underground. Newcastle, UK
Feb 16: Brudenell Social. Leeds, UK
Feb 17: Soup Kitchen. Manchester, UK
Feb 18: Hare & Hounds. Birmingham, UK
Feb 20: Crofters Rights. Bristol, UK
Feb 21: Joiners. Southampton, UK
Feb 22: Oslo, London, UK
Feb 24: Green Door Store. Brighton, UK
Feb 26: Yard Club. Cologne, Germany
Feb 27: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb 28: MOD. Hasselt, Belgium
Mar 1: Supersonic Club, Paris, France

Public Access TV North America Headline Tour

Mar 6: DC9. Washington, DC
Mar 7: Milkboy. Philadelphia, PA
Mar 9: Savannah Stopover Fest. Savannah, GA
Mar 10: The Earl. Atlanta, GA
Mar 11: The End. Nashville, TN
Mar 13: House of Blues – Bronze Peacock. Houston, TX
Mar 17: Not So Fun Wknd. Dallas TX.
Mar 20: Valley Bar. Phoenix, AZ
Mar 21: The Echo. Los Angeles, CA
Mar 22: House of Blues – Voodoo Room. San Diego, CA
Mar 23: The Observatory, Constellation Room. Santa Ana, CA
Mar 24: Bottom of the Hill. San Francisco, CA
Mar 26: Crystal Ballroom – Lola’s. Portland, OR
Mar 27: The Timbre Room. Seattle, WA
Mar 28: The Cobalt.Vancouver, BC
April 2: Schubas. Chicago, IL
April 4: Garrison. Toronto, ON
April 5: Petit Campus. Montreal, QC
April 6: Great Scott. Boston, MA
April 7: Music Hall of Williamsburg. New York, NY

 

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Annie Mac Presents AMP Sounds AND the 2017 Compilation Album

Britain’s premiere music tastemaker Annie Mac announces the first installment of AMP SOUNDS for February 2018.

Coming home to where AMP started out, AMP SOUNDS will be taking over the place where it hosted so many happy years of parties, London’s Camden. Celebrating all of the music that Annie Mac loves, AMP SOUNDS will encompass nine shows over the course of one month in three venues: The Jazz Café, The Roundhouse and Koko.

Showcasing all sides of the renowned AMP live brand (from the Annie Mac Presents club nights to the AMP Collected gigs), AMP SOUNDS will bring a broad range of the hottest artists and DJs of the moment, both established and upcoming.

“All aspects of our AMP Live events will be represented,” says Annie. “Our raves with the finest DJs, our showcase events with the most exciting new acts and our big closing party with the best of AMP past and present.”

AMP SOUNDS at Koko will see four very special raves held over four consecutive weekends, headlined by Annie herself alongside some very special guest DJs.

AMP SOUNDS at The Jazz Café will continue the theme of the more recently established AMP Collected nights, showcasing some of the best live acts of the moment in one of London’s most renowned and intimate venues. Running each Thursday across the month it will feature four hand-picked, eclectic line-ups including the likes of Tom Misch, Billie Eilsh, Jessie Ware and Superorganism (to name but a few).

AMP SOUNDS will culminate in a HUGE closing party at The RoundhouseEveryone attending a show at the Jazz Cafe or Koko across the month will gain pre-sale access to this spectacular finale. The secret bill will see Annie take to the stage once again alongside THE BEST artists from AMP past, present, and future, making it THE most special party Annie has ever hosted.

Celebrating great music in one of the UK’s most renowned cultural hubs for the month of February, AMP SOUNDS will be THE music event of the year for 2018.

Tickets for AMP SOUNDS are on sale now! Purchase here: http://gigst.rs/AMPSounds

The announcement of AMP SOUNDS comes ahead of Virgin EMI’s release of the AMP 2017 compilation album. Available to download and stream on Spotify now, AMP 2017 features a definitive selection of Annie’s favorite tracks from the past year.

PRE-ORDER THE AMP 2017 ALBUM HERE 

LISTEN TO/ SHARE THE AMP 2017 ALBUM MINIMIX HERE

The AMP 2017 compilation is split across two discs featuring a broad-ranging collection of music that Annie has been playing on the radio and out at clubs, parties and festivals over the past year.

With the music that Annie champions being more ubiquitous than ever, never has an AMP compilation felt more reflective of the popular music zeitgeist.  Featuring Bicep, J Hus, Little Dragon, Frank Ocean, Jorja Smith, Sampha, Wolf Alice and Stormzy to name a few, the tracklisting encompasses both upcoming and established artists, of varying genres. Boasting everything from international floorfillers, through US Hip Hop to UK Grime and Alt Rock, AMP 2017 demonstrates how the dancefloor is breaking down more boundaries and proving more integrated than ever before.

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS 2017 TRACKLISTING

ONE

  1. Tieks – Say A Prayer feat Chaka Khan and Popcaan
  2. Kah-lo – Fasta
  3. Pnau – chameleon (Mele Remix)
  4. Ill Blu – Tribalist
  5. Frankie Rizardo  – Same Man
  6. Gerd and Shan – Surrender
  7. Mella Dee – Techno Disco Tool
  8. Ware and Odyssey – Down With The
  9. Marlena Shaw – Get Together (CAtz and Dogs mix)
  10. Camelphat and Elderbrook – Cola (franky rizardo remix)
  11. Disciples – On My Mind (denney remix)
  12. Gorgon City – Primal Call
  13. Bicep – Vale
  14. DUSKY – COLD HEART
  15. Toddla T – Magnet
  16. Lorde – Green Light (Chromeo remix)
  17. Joe goddard – Home (Eric Kupper remix)
  18. Goldie Vs. Ulterior Motive – I Adore You ( Feat. Natalie Williams)

TWO

  1. Jessie Ware –Midnight (Goldie Remix)
  2. The xx – On Hold
  3. French Montana (feat. Swae Lee) – Unforgettable
  4. J Hus – Bouff Daddy
  5. Mura Masa (ft. A$AP Rocky) – Love$ick
  6. Not3s – Aladdin
  7. Stormzy (feat. Kehlani) – Cigarettes And Cush
  8. Khalid – Location
  9. SZA (feat. Travis Scott) – Love Galore
  10. Little Dragon – High
  11. Childish Gambino – Redbone
  12. Lil Uzi Vert – The Way Love Goes
  13. Jorja Smith – Teenage Fantasy
  14. Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
  15. Tyler, The Creator (feat. Rex Orange County & Anna of the North) – Boredom
  16. Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen
  17. Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses
  18. LCD Soundsystem – Oh Baby

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Jack White’s “We’re Going To Be Friends” Children’s Book Available

More than 15 years after the release of the White Stripes’s White Blood Cells,
one of the most enduring songs from the album gets a quirky adaptation… Blake includes
appealing retro flourishes throughout, including a Tenniel White Rabbit, a Betty Boop pocket watch, and a drawing style that evokes early Disney cartoons. – Publishers Weekly 
Jack has written a perfect story and Elinor’s art is enchanting. – John Kricfalusi, The Ren and Stimpy Show 
Elinor Blake creates an enchanted vision for Jack White’s
gentle story of new friendship. – Nina Crews, The Neighborhood Mother Goose 
Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs. – Entertainment Weekly

Twelve-time Grammy winner and lead singer of multi-platinum selling group The White Stripes, Jack White, released his first children’s book today titled WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS. Based on lyrics from one of The Whites Stripes’ most enduring and loved songs-and releasing just a few months after the group’s 20th anniversary (July 14, 2017), the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children’s book. Get your copy of the book here: http://smarturl.it/WGTBFbook

Beautifully illustrated by Elinor Blake, animator on Ren & Stimpy and Pee-wee’s Playhouse, in the signature colors of The White Stripes — red, white, and black — WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS follows the adventures of the song’s protagonist, Suzy Lee, as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend. Fans of The White Stripes will delight in this new way of experiencing the song and sharing it with their children-while a new generation of music and book lovers will be introduced to the beloved song and its whimsical evocation of the simplicity and nostalgia of childhood, for the first time.

Every copy of WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS also includes a download of the original White Stripes song and new versions by singer/songwriter, April March (also known as Elinor Blake), and The Woodstation Elementary School Singers.

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Listen: New EP From BANNERS

Prolific Liverpool UK native BANNERS, whose career-propelling “Start A Riot” has generated over 50 million Global Spotify streams, releases his highly anticipated second EP, “Empires On Fire” via Island Records.  To celebrate the release, BANNERS has also dropped his new music video for single “Someone To You” today.  Watch the video below. The “Someone To You” video was shot on site in New York and directed by duo SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT (consisting of Charlotte Fassler and Dani Girdwood).

“Firefly”, current single “Someone To You” and previously unreleased track “Empires on Fire” are featured on BANNERS’ new EP. Full tracklist below:



“Empires On Fire” Tracklist:

Someone To You
Empires On Fire
Firefly
Into The Storm
Holy Ground

Listen to the EP HERE via Spotify!

After signing to Island Records in 2015, BANNERS first connected with audiences on his debut single “Ghosts” which rose to #2 at Hype Machine.  “Shine A Light”, which has been certified gold for track sales in Canada, is the official trailer for EA’s blockbuster game, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends and appeared in spots on NBC, ESPN, E!, and FOX.  “Start A Riot” continued the momentum, featured in an episode of E! channel’s UK-centric The Royals.  In 2016, BANNERS joined the SiriusXM Presents Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour throughout the US and Canada along with major North America festivals including Lollapalooza, Forecastle, Way Home, Osheaga, and Sloss. Along the way, he was chosen as one of Spotify’s ‘Spotlight’ artists and made his late-night debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
 
Fascinated by dreams, life, death, hope, and despair, BANNERS grew up singing in the Liver­pool Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Kop.  Influenced by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Arcade Fire, BANNERS’ music is at once haunting and hopeful, as it resonates with audiences across space and age.

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Check ‘Em Out: Everything by Electricity

There is a powerful agent, obedient, rapid, easy, which conforms to every use, and reigns supreme on board my ship. Everything is done by means of it. It lights it, warms it, and is the soul of my mechanical vessel. This agent is electricity. Everything by Electricity. — Jules Verne, 20000 leagues under the sea

The band Everything by Electricity’s sound is littered with the strains of alienation and longing for escape one would expect from childhoods spent gazing across cold barren landscapes deep behind the iron curtain.

Whilst lush pop beats strongly at its heart, dense waves of guitar, reverberating walls of noise and fragile melodies collide amidst sparkling neon-lit synths, dreamy vocals and ghostly shapes via the night sky; anchored tight by pulsing bass, throbbing drums and drum machines.

On moving from Siberia to London, Yulia (guitar, synths, vocals) quietly crafted a collection of demo material in her bedroom studio and expanded the live line-up with the addition of Daniel (bass guitar, synths) and Manoela (drums, pads).

Check out their track, “Last Day of the Sun” below:

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New Music From Typhoon

Check out the latest single “Rorschach” from Typhoon.

The video concept is a play on “the idea of being stuck inside your subconscious, fixated on one memory, while questioning it over and over again.”

“Rorschach” is the first single taken off of “Floodplains“, the opening 4-track movement (released last month) from Typhoon’s forthcoming LP, Offerings. Following the critically-acclaimed White LighterOfferings will be the band’s first full-length release in over four years and will be out on Jan 12, 2018.

The band have also just announced their upcoming North American and UK/EU tours for Winter 2018.
NORTH AMERICAN DATES
January 10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
January 12: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
January 14: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
January 17: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
January 18: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
January 19: Chicago, IL @ Metro
January 20: Ann Arbor, MI @ El Cub
January 23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
January 25: Boston, MA @ Paradise
January 26: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
January 27: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
January 31: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
February 1: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
February 2: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
February 3: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
February 6: Austin, TX @ Mohawk
February 8: Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent
February 10: San Diego, CA @ Music Box
February 11: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
February 13: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
February 16: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
February 23: Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom
February 24: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre

UK/EU DATES
February 28: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
March 1: Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
March 2: London, UK @ Lexington
March 7: Paris, FR @ Le Petits Bain
March 8: Brussels, BE @ Botanique
March 9: Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso
March 10: Hamburg, DE @ Knust
March 13: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
March 14: Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
March 15: Vienna, AU @ Fluc
March 16: Wil, CH @ Gar De Lion
March 18: Baden, CH @ Royal
March 20: Cologne, DE @ Artheater

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New Music From NVDES – “D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)”

“Trippy” – NYLON

“Juicy pop banger” – FADER

“A dope punk-infused electropop track” – Milk.xyz

“Infectious and bursting with brazen energy” – Indie Shuffle

LA-based creative collective NVDES announce the Vol. 2 EP and share the 1st single “D.Y.T (Do Your Thing)” feat. REMMI.

On the heels of their La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP released earlier this year, the Vol. 2 EP is the next sequence of their evolution. The 6-track collection is slated for release on December 8th and is highlighted by the work of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean. Brimming with his signature energy-packed influence, Vol. 2 is highlighted by pulsing electronics, hard-hitting beats, and ethereal vocals.

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