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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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Video: AWOLNATION – “Seven Sticks Of Dynamite”

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Multi-platinum band AWOLNATION have shared the official music video for the track “Seven Sticks Of Dynamite”, which is taken from the band’s third studio album Here Come The Runts out February 2nd, 2018 via Red Bull Records.

The video was directed by Riley Harper (Hollywood stunt-double for titles such as Little Miss SunshineStraight Outta ComptonSons of Anarchy etc) alongside frontman Aaron Bruno. The video was filmed at The Old Place in Agoura Hills, CA and features legendary tattoo artist Dr Woo, Rick Rubin, and Duff McKagan. Inspired by campy bar brawls in old western movies, the video centers around dueling biker and surfer gangs and, like the song the video builds to an epic climax sure to entertain.

“I’ve always wanted to make a video at The Old Place with all of my friends and showcase the spirit of old California,” says Aaron Bruno. Director Riley Harper adds, “It’s pretty awesome when you get to film a bar brawl, but when you have free reign to shoot it at your local watering hole with all of your friends, that’s just a recipe for a good time and a great outcome!”

Here Come The Runts will be available everywhere February 2nd, 2018. Fans can pre-order the album at awolnationmusic.com and receive instant downloads of “Seven Sticks Of Dynamite,” as well as “Passion“.

In support of Here Come The Runts, AWOLNATION will be embarking on a headlining tour with support from Nothing But Thieves on February 11th in Toronto, and touring the States until mid-March before crossing the pond for a European/UK run throughout the month of April. A full list of those dates can be found below.

AWOLNATION On Tour – April 2018
6th – Paris France @ Les Etoiles
7th – Frankfurt Germany @ Gibson
9th – Zurich Switzerland @ Dynamo
10th – Lausanne Switzerland @ Les Docks
11th – Milan Italy @ Santeria Social Club
12th – Munich Germany @ Backstage Werk
14th – Vienna Austria @ WUK
15th – Prague Czech Republic @ Roxy
16th – Warsaw Poland @ Proxima
18th – Berlin Germany @ Kesselhaus
19th – Hamburg Germany @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
20th – Amsterdam Netherlands @ Melkweg
22nd – London UK @ Scala
25th – Dublin Ireland @ Academy
27th – Moscow Russia @ Glav Club

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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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Listen: VHS Collection – “Sign”

VHS Collection has shared their latest single “Sign“, which has been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Playlist upon it’s release. The band is currently gearing up the release their debut LP, which is due for release in 2018. Stay tuned for more new music and info coming soon.

“I’m halfway out of New York / Half of me I left behind / If we’ve got something to save / Then now’s the time / Just give me a sign”

VHS Collection is a rock band from New York City that has gained a reputation for high energy live performances and a unique blend of rock, electronic, and disco influences.

VHS Collection’s songs have been streamed over 25 million times on Spotify and the band has seen festival performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bunbury Festival, and Okeechobee Festival in the last year.  VHS also sold out a headline show at Bowery Ballroom in February and Music Hall of Williamsburg in June, as well as LA’s Troubadour, in addition to sold-out club dates throughout the mid-west and throughout the west coast.  The band has released two EP’s to date and will release its first full-length record late this fall.

“Lean” the single off the band’s first EP hit #8 on the Spotify Viral Charts last January.  “Waiting on the Summer” the single off of the band’s 2nd EP Stereo Hype hit #14 on the Spotify Viral Charts and has been streamed over 12mm times to date.  The “Waiting on the Summer Dave Edwards Remix” was also #1 on Hype Machine in April.

VHS Collection got their start in the winter of 2014 but the three members, James Bohannon, Conor Cook, and Nils Vanderlip have been playing music in one form or another together since they were kids.  Conor and James grew up across the street from each other in NYC and attended the same grade school where they began jamming on acoustic guitars; Nils and James met in high school, where they started their first band together and recorded an album.

Years later, with all three members back in NYC, VHS pulled together a collection of electronic-leaning rock-influenced bedroom recordings and posted them on Soundcloud.  Encouraged by the volume of hits the tracks received, VHS began performing a live set at friends’ parties and around NYC’s small clubs.  2015 saw multiple sold-out nights for VHS at the Lower East Side’s indie-rock launching pad, the Mercury Lounge.

2016 saw the band’s first major festival performances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, in addition to sold-out club dates on both coasts in addition support dates with Bloc Party and Powers.

VHS has remained independent and is self-managed. They are able to reach a growing audience via Spotify and other social media outlets without a label and have also built a live following by word of mouth.  The band sold out Bowery Ballroom and NYC’s 700 cap Music Hall of Williamsburg in the last 6 months and also played several major West Coast headline dates, including LA’s famous Troubadour.

VHS has created a writing process which is unique and serves them well.  It starts primarily with each member individually writing and producing dozens of bits and pieces of songs on their laptops.  The band spends months working on these initial song ideas virtually, sending each other files and collaborating via Dropbox.  Every few months, the band heads to a cabin in upstate New York where they lock themselves in for 7 days at a time to complete the songs during intense writing sessions.  During these sessions, the three members collaborate on every element of the song, with each member playing various instruments on the tracks.  The band then weeds out the best of these home produced tracks to bring into the studio.

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NVDES Release Vol. 2

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In the midst of a national co-headline tour with Pierce Fulton, Los Angeles-based creative collective NVDES release their Vol. 2 EP today. Highlighted by the work of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, the six-track collection is brimming with his signature energy-packed influence. Fusing pulsing electronics, hard-hitting beats, and ethereal vocals, the EP includes “Everyday,” featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist this week, and “D.Y.T (Do Your Thing)” feat. REMMI which set the internet ablaze upon its release last month.

Earlier this year, NVDES released his La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP which included the infectious single “Turning Heads,” recently selected to feature in Apple’s iPhone X ad campaign. In 2017 alone, NVDES’ music can be heard in over 15 shows and commercials for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, T-Mobile, CW’s Dynasty, and more. To date, NVDES has garnered over 12 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global and US Viral Charts, and earned acclaim from the likes of FADER and NYLON.

NVDES Tour Dates w/ Pierce Fulton
12/12: San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
12/13: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
12/16: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Vol. 2 EP Tracklisting
1. This High
2. D.Y.T (Do Your Thing) feat. REMMI
3. Everyday
4. Amsterdam In My Mind
5. Walls
6. Where Is Your Mind

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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: SQRD – “Would Run Wild”

Having spent the last few years developing and evolving his unique sound, Swedish born and based producer SQRD returns with a new video to his single “Would Run Wild”, out now via Swedish Tastemaker label Sommarhjärta.

After the release of his critically-acclaimed Gold EP in 2016, which saw the producer master his blend of lo-fi electronics and rich, textured compositions, “Would Run Wild” video aims to create an atmospheric backdrop that highlights the quintessential essence of SQRD’s music to date.

With strong and understandable comparisons to the likes of James Blake, SBTRKT and The xx, the producer’s latest material bridges the gap between niche appreciation and contemporary appeal. “Would Run Wild” is a nostalgic piece with a captivating and alluring set of skillfully filmed images accompanying the track.

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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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They Might Be Giants – “Last Wave”

“Oh my god, They Might Be Giants is underrated. That’s the best band of all time. Better than the Stones, better than the Beatles, better than Oasis, and better than Crosby, Stills and Nash.”  – Open Mike Eagle, Pitchfork “Over/Under”

“The crowd’s enthusiasm for the fresh material is unmatched even when the band proffers what is perhaps their most-loved song, “Birdhouse in Your Soul”… “ – Rolling Stone

“Now a band for 30 years, John Linnell and John Flansburgh are one of rock’s all-time most quixotic successes” – SPIN

 “Perfect pop music can come from anywhere and can go anywhere. They Might Be Giants have demonstrated this for a quarter century…” – The New Yorker

 “Catch them if you can — their live shows always deliver.”  – USA Today

GRAMMY award-winning alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants have released their new album track “Last Wave”. The band will release their new album I Like Fun on January 19 followed by a massive world tour as well.

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