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Check ‘Em Out: Bloom Twins

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Check out the video below for “Set Us Free” from Bloom Twins. The exciting plot, which takes the viewer through a series of breathtaking extreme sports scenarios, features Go-Pro headcam footage from skiing, bungee jumping, scuba-diving and zip-wiring to name a few, and was shot in several countries around the world including the USA, UK, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, the Maldives and of course, Ukraine.

20-year-old identical twins, Sonia and Anna Kuprienko co-wrote this track with talented Fiona Bevan and Max McElligott, then handed it over to Greg Fitzgerald for some production magic. It was the first track they wrote after returning from Ukraine where they got stuck for half a year during the uprise. The track is not political at all, rather a call for freedom, but it was certainly influenced by everything that was happening in Ukraine and the fact that they couldn’t return to their new home – London.

On the making and narrative behind the video, Bloom Twins say;
We tend to forget about the simple pleasures in life that make us happy. The world is our oyster. It’s only needed to be prized open to be enjoyed, with the pearl as the prize. Life should be about love, peace, happiness and freedom, and a home for it all is our beautiful planet.
Their debut album, which has been recorded and produced by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, will be out in 2017.

“The twins have serious promise” – MTV
 
“Divinely dynamic yet dark sisterly harmonies” – The Guardian

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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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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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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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Check ‘Em Out: argonaut&wasp

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After the recent release of their latest single “Loser Like You”, Brooklyn-based dance rock crew argonaut&wasp are set to release their new EP Ha! Fiction.

Ha! Fiction’ is a colourful, imaginative EP born out of change, struggle and big ideas. Having relocated to New York City a year ago, the move meant a bigger workspace, more rent and a new perspective on music.

This transition brought changes greater than we could of predicted…the sight and sounds of NYC changed our perspective on music, why we do it and how we listen to it. This EP is a reaction to all of that. And as we scramble to make sense of it, we realize it’s just what we make it.” – argonaut&wasp

Throughout the EP there are clear nods to greats like Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, The Clash and Daft Punk, as the band takes the listener on a imaginative, lyrical journey. Their disco-infused single “Loser Like You” is a taste of an EP that is guaranteed to be a whirlwind musical journey, free flowing with funk-driven guitars, quirky vocals and thoughtful lyrics.

Opening track “Paisley” features a sun-kissed bassline paired with fun, care-free lyrics that call for dancing. It’s an introductory track that perfectly encapsulates the band’s musical style — gooey and groove-filled sounds given weight by lyrics inspired by big changes and growing pains – and sets the pace for what’s yet to come.

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Check ‘Em Out: Navy Gangs

 

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Navy Gangs is a pop quintet currently residing in the washed out and overly demanding area of New York City.  Singer/Guitarist Matthew Tillwick, Guitarist Noah Kohll, and Drummer Gavin Cordaro began orchestrating music together in 2012 at Central High School in the red light district of Omaha where they failed their junior years miserably.

For 2 months they took jobs working in the desert dome at the Henry Doorly zoo until they saved enough of their dismal wages for one way bus passes to New York City, where they moved in temporarily with Kohll’s grandmother Estelle.

After making some new friends in Washington Square park, the 3 boys found themselves in a basement scene in little Italy. It was there that they met their bassist, Wilson Keithline from Providence, Rhode Island. Together they became Navy Gangs, a troupe who’s songs grab influence from dark rooms, hopeless romanticism, table wine, and back page humor.

The EP was recorded in Noah Kohll’s grandmother Estelle’s home by Joey Kimono straight to 2 inch tape and was mixed and mastered by Steve Marion of Delicate Steve.  It features vocals and percussion from long-time friend Coley Gold, a nomadic vixen who plays shows with the band often but never rings ahead of time (just shows up).

Derived from heartbreak, endless internet streaming, and the pain that is being social, Navy Gangs debut EP is a pop miracle. Joining the ranks of huge acts like Lady Gaga, Beck and Green Day, they’ve been named one of Newsweek’s “10 October Albums To Look Forward To.”

Check out the 4 tracks from the EP below:

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Newest Love: No Terrain – “So Slow”

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After Canadian indie rock band Germans called it quitsies in 2013,  frontman Aidan Koper took a break from music to focus on his performing career. Under the name Billions Cobra, he’s been performing stunts involving fire, lawnmowers, and bullwhips for audiences around the world for 16 years. No longer able to resist the call of his passion for music, he’s returned all by himself under the moniker No Terrain. Check out “So Slow” below. The EP will be out on November 18th.

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Sun-Kissed Robot Disco – Check Out David Douglas’ “Lucine”

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Following his 2014 debut album ‘Moon Observations’, “Lucine” is the first taster of it’s follow up, due for release early 2017.

“Lucine” is the brand new single from Dutch producer/artist/video director David Douglas. Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut Moon Observations, “Lucine” is a journey through sun-kissed disco and gentle electronic pop, subtly playing with psychedelic and experimental elements and weaving organic textures alongside more robotic landscapes. 2014’s Moon Observations was inspired by a different star-gazer with the same name. That David Douglas was a 18th century explorer and naturalist, whose writings on astronomical observation has inspired the more modern Douglas’ latest music. Those eleven tracks of beautifully fleshed-out electronica were certainly a worthy tribute, and “Lucine” continues the story in blissful fashion.

David Douglas is without doubt one of the most expressive and all-encompassing creators around. Having previously working as an esteemed video director, he switched his focus to music, and both his 2012 Royal Horticultural Society EP and his debut album Moon Observations were warmly received, garnering praise from the likes of Pitchfork, i-D Mag, Electronic Beats, THUMP and XLR8R. David’s live sets are known for the substantial amount of gear he has in tow, including a Space Echo that is essential for his signature sound. His shows at PITCH Festival, Best Kept Secret and Into The Woods inspired the penning of his second full album, set to drop early next year via Atomnation.

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Must Listen: Communist Daughter – “Balboa Bridge”

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“Together, they present a more down-to-earth Arcade Fire and a more gripping Of Monsters and Men while nicely filling the void left by The Civil Wars’ breakup” – Chicago Sun Times

After songwriting comparisons to Bruce Springsteen (“Hold Back”), Nirvana, and Fleetwood Mac (“Roll a Stone”), Communist Daughter is debuting another single from the upcoming sophomore album: the misleadingly upbeat “Balboa Bridge.” The gorgeous instrumental melodies and vocal harmonies are comforting at first take, but demand another listen to reveal another meaning.

Frontman Johnny Solomon explains the inspiration behind the song: “There’s this gorgeous park in the middle of San Diego, and there’s a bridge right in the middle of it that runs over the highway. My mom told me that when she was younger, they used to call that Suicide Bridge. I remember the times when I was thinking of that option, and how far away that bridge was from me. All I could think about was that it was this place, so far away from that basement in Wisconsin where I was getting high; it was this magical place in my mind where I wouldn’t feel the way I did anymore.”

October 21st will see the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album The Cracks That Built The Wall as well as a string of tour dates through the Midwest supporting the album – see below:

TOUR DATES:
10/12 – Sioux Falls SD – Icon Lounge
10/14 – Omaha NE – O’Leavers
10/15 – Des Moines IA – Vaudeville Mews
10/16 – Lincoln NE – Duffy’s
10/21 – Minneapolis – Electric Fetus In Store
11/3- Nashville TN – Hi Watt
11/4 Dayton OH – Blind Bobs
11/5 Florence AL – 116 E. Mobile
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

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE

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