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Latest Track From Juiceboxxx, “Freaking Out”


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Out of my mind but I’m a hell of a guy, I got the PMA, that’s just an FYI / I got a J-O-B and that’s to stay alive, 24/7 not 9 to 5… So begins “Freaking Out” on Freaked Out American Loser, the latest album from Juiceboxxx, the Milwaukee-bred punk rap artist who is quite simply the first and last of his kind all at once. Juiceboxxx grew up in the ‘2000s within the noise, punk rock, and underground rap communities of Wisconsin, and while those banners still fly high independently today, there are very few other artists who not only understand that Venn diagram but who are also actively attempting to merge those sounds cohesively.

Juiceboxxx might be out of his mind, but in all the best ways—he owns it and commits to this unstoppable onslaught of creative ideas and outbursts. Freaked Out American Loser is a punk rap blast that captures the anarchic, aggressive spirit of Juiceboxxx’s live show while also adding a new level of polish, focus, and dare we say, professionalism.

When talking about the track, Juiceboxxx explained, “”Freaking Out” is about hitting brick walls and fucking everything up but despite it all staying the course and trying to change your life in a positive way. It is also just my attempt to make a high energy rap song with some real nerve. Musically, it is influenced by everyone from The Breeders to Wu-Tang Clan. I’ve been doing music my whole life. The real ones are in this regardless of trends or the internet attention economy or really anything. We do this because we have no choice. Scope a Juiceboxxx show and tell me otherwise.”

“I’m putting together these pieces in a way I find interesting as a contemporary record, and not conforming to any trends of the moment,” Juiceboxxx says. “I’m looking at Beastie Boys as the Ramones or something, and trying to build on that language; looking at Public Enemy within the lens of punk rock.” 

Freaked Out American Loser will be out 7/28 on Dangerbird Records.

 JUICEBOXXX TOUR DATES

04/29 Queens, NY @ Trans Pecos
5/4 New York, NY @ Webster Hall Emo Night LA NYC Takeover
5/24 Brooklyn NY @ The New Secret Project Robot Space
6/17 Huntsville @ TBA
6/18 Chattanooga TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
6/19 Athens GA @ Georgia Theatre Rooftop
6/20 Nashville @ DRKMTTR
6/21 Cincinnati @ House Show
6/22 Chicago @ Empty Bottle
6/23 Madison @ Mickey’s

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Introducing CHIMNEY

Producer and musician Dan Molad is CHIMNEY, long-time drummer/producer for Lucius and producer (Pavo Pavo, San Fermin, Luke Temple, JD McPherson, Here We Go Magic). He self-recorded and produced this breakout solo effort. His penchant for sonically adventurous melodies and harmonically complex layers, combined with a stark pop sensibility shine through the breadth of the album.

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Listen: Panama – “Hope For Something”

Warmth, nostalgia, and melody: that’s the sound of Panama. Jarrah McLeary marks his long awaited return with the triumphant, “Hope For Something” – premiered by Pigeons & Planes. It’s the first single and title track from Panama’s upcoming EP of the same name, due for release June 23. The five-track EP is full of his richest, most moving work yet and is available for pre-order now.

“It’s about a battle with yourself. This song was a bit like therapy for me as it helped me resolve some things I had been holding on to for a very long time. Writing is, was like self-talk.”  – Panama singer/songwriter, Jarrah McCleary

Jarrah McCleary’s confessional songwriting, the piece was written about his personal demons and features a melody that soars, stadium-sized vocals and Panama’s trademark crescendos. With a blend of both live and electronic sounds, it’s a result that shows McCleary is at his most energizing.

The touch of personal lyrics to Panama’s music has been a common theme since their 2013 breakout with their ALWAYS EP, which to date has accumulated over 30 million streams between Spotify and SoundCloud, earned a place in key Australian tastemaker triple j’s Hottest 100, and received airplay on the UK’s BBC Radio 1. In the years following, Panama released the fan favorites “Stay Forever” and “Jungle”, which added to their success, allowing them to embark on US and European tours (the latter of which included Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and a sold out headline show in London).

Keep your ears open and eyes peeled for more from Panama this year, as it’s shaping up to be a busy one.

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Check ‘Em Out: Slow Caves

Slow Caves premieres their video for “Glares” and announces upcoming tour dates (see list below). The song is off of their Old Flame Records debut, Desert Minded EP released last month.
 
The band says of the video, “Most of the video was shot last summer, on the last day of our trip to Denmark. We wanted the video to reflect how we are as a band internally, and kind of give people a taste of what it’s like to hang out with us. So, we handed the camera to our cousins, Kristian and Martin, and just kind of goofed around. We shot most of the footage at their school in Silkeborg (where Oliver and Jakob were born). The scenery there is unreal. We think the vibe of the video matches the song and our personalities really well. It’s light-hearted and very sentimental and nostalgic.”

Impose Magazine premiered the song calling it an “Undeniably catchy power ballad,” and added “With a sound somewhere between Lower Dens and Joyce Manor, ‘Glares,’ does a great job showcasing the band’s ability to craft tight harmonies and do it in a way that feels effortlessly fun.”  
Formed in Ft. Collins, CO in 2014, Slow Caves consists of Danish born brothers Jakob and Oliver Mueller (vocals, guitars) rounded out by childhood friends David Dugan (guitar/bass) and Jackson Lamperes (drums) who offer a relaxed and surf-y update on 80’s synth, 90’s jangle, and early aught’s indie rock.

Tour Dates:
4/28 – Fort Collins, CO @ FoCoMX Music Festival
4/29 –  Greeley, CO @ May Play Music Festival
5/13 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall – Red Bull Sound Select w/ DIIV
5/26 – Davenport, IA @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel
5/27 – Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room
5/29 – Muncie, IN @Be Here Now
5/30 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
5/31 – Providence, RI @ Aurora
6/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
6/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ House Show
6/5 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
6/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
6/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Motr
6/8 – St Louis, MO @ Heavy Anchor
6/10 – Fort Collins, CO @ Taste of Fort Collins
6/24 – Denver, CO @ Westword Music Festival

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Check ‘Em Out: LINES

Introducing your next obsession, LINES – a brand new Stockholm-based four-piece who are coming out swinging.

LINES debut song, “Weekends,” is the first taste of their beautifully twisted music, comprised of chaotic synths placed perfectly over pounding bass lines and melodies that rise but never seem to set. To kick things off, they’ve released the ultimate weekend anthem that channels an intensity that will bring dance parties to its knees.

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Newest Love: Argonaut & Wasp

Argonaut & Wasp is an indie dance band from Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by the sounds of the kick drum, the electric guitar, the bass, and the synthesizer, the group creates fashionable music for fashionable crowds.

Check out “Paradise” and fall in love like I did.

“Trey and I were attending lots of DJ sets at the time (which is one of our favorite evening activities). Anyways, we would show up at all of these hip Brooklyn venues and everyone would be glued to the walls, everyone just standing there – lost in a state of confusion. We decided to capitalize on this feeling, this need for a rhythm and the need for a beat. We rushed home one of these evenings – grabbed a cowbell, picked up the guitar, and got to work.” — Argonaut & Wasp

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Listen to Coast Modern’s Newest Track “Pockets Full of No”

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Sometimes the only way to get ahead is to stop following the leader and start running your own race. Coast Modern flies out of the pack with a refreshingly uninhibited sound for disenchanted dreamers everywhere. Building on an admiration for the spirit of misfit alternative bands and the fearless ethos of modern hip hop, the duo creates alternative pop with a wink that aims to push the genre into the future.

The LA duo – comprised of Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas – today release their new song, “Pockets Full of No” – a kicked back and mellowed out track that seeks to have you looking on the lighter side of life.  Speaking of the track, the duo noted; ‘Pockets’ is a song about having fun with no money. When you got pockets full of no u can still have a life full of YESSSS. 

The song comes from the band’s debut record, which is set for release later this year via 300 Entertainment / +1 Records.  Like a trip to Disneyland with each song like a stop in another world, Coast Modern’s debut album is a rollercoaster ride through a musical spectrum that spans from introspective acoustic streams of consciousness to psychedelic jams to relaxed dancehall vibes.  Coast Modern are capable of covering a large swath of musical territory, yet a strong, self-aware voice and a sense of groove tie them all together.

After releasing their debut single, “Hollow Life” in late 2015, the band has had a whirlwind of a year. Releasing a handful of tracks over the next twelve months – the anthemic “Animals,”  summer-tinged “Guru” and jungle cruise jam, “The Way It Was” (all four of which sat at the top of the HypeMachine charts), the band would later receive praise from across the blogosphere and fashion press. Their tracks would creep their way to the airwaves, garnering heavy rotation from the likes of SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW. The band made their live debut at SXSW, playing their first shows together as a band, and were subsequently scooped up to tour with BØRNS, The Wombats and The Temper Trap respectively.

The band will be playing the Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour this Spring with Missio, 888 and Sundara Karma, which kicks off next week in New Orleans.

Sirius XM Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour:

4/4 New Orleans LA – Parish Room @ House of Blues *
4/5 Atlanta GA – Masquerade *
4/6 Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge *
4/8 Charlotte NC – Underground *
4/10 New York NY – Gramercy *
4/12 Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall *
4/13 Philadelphia PA – Foundry @ The Fillmore **
4/14 Washington DC @ Songbyrd **
4/15 Cleveland OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues **
4/17 Detroit MI – The Shelter *
4/18 Chicago IL – SubT **
4/19 Milwaukee WI – The Rave Bar *
4/21 Denver CO – Marquis Theatre ***
4/22 Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge *
4/24 San Francisco CA – Slim’s **
4/25 Sacramento CA – Goldfield Trading Post *
4/27 Los Angeles CA – Troubador **
4/29 San Diego CA – Voodoo Room @ House of Blues *
4/30 Phoenix AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
5/3 Austin TX – The Parish *
5/4 Dallas TX – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues *
5/5 Houston TX – Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues *
* with Missio and 888
** with 888 and Sundara Karma
*** with Missio and Sundara Karma

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Highly Anticipated: New Album From British Sea Power

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British Sea Power’s first new material since 2013’s Machineries of Joy, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party is a melodic call to arms, direct and brimming with emotional urgency. It’s an album where rock muscularity joins inseparably with pop immediacy like a crate of bubbly exploding inside a Marshall stack.

“Here be poetry…Their best album for years”  – Mojo – ★★★★
“Fittingly surreal – a breakneck montage of Dada-esque fever dream imagery” – NME
“Another terrific British band is returning “ – WNYC
“A smooth and swaggering album” – Artist Direct
“A triumphant return” –  Spectral Nights
 

Featuring lead singles singles “Bad Bohemian” and  “Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)”, this new 12-track collection sees British Sea Power return to the exhilarating, bright-minded guitar music that earned them their breakout nomination for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize as they cover subject matter ranging from the stars in the night sky to the methodology of media manipulation.

The album art, videos, and single art feature typography and imagery influenced by the German Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters, whose work BSP’s two vocalists, Yan and Hamilton Wilkinson, discovered while growing up on the edge of the English Lake District.

Recorded in Sussex, London and on the Isle of Skye, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party follows the band’s five studio albums for the great Rough Trade Records – a catalog of releases that saw BSP become the longest continually-signed band in the label’s history. Rough Trade remains a vital part of the BSP story and will continue to do so, but the new album is being licensed from the band’s own Golden Chariot label to Caroline International. The entire recording of the album was funded by the band’s remarkably dedicated audience.

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Check Her Out: Julie Elody

After spending three years as a lead vocalist in a funk-rock band, Julie Elody is excited to find her sound as a solo artist, working with several renowned producers. Check out her first solo track, “Sirens”. The indie-electro track is accompanied by Julie’s captivating voice and a subtle yet soothing sound of sirens in the background.

“I don’t like to write about frivolous things, and ‘Sirens’ is no exception,” Julie explains of her new track. “It is about the all-too-often times that we ignore problems in our lives instead of dealing with them head-on, and all of the ways that this affects us.”

With soulful vocals and meaningful lyrics, Julie promises to use her voice to make a statement. She has been the featured vocalist on a few electro-pop tracks, all which gained high success on both Soundcloud and Spotify. She embodies the style of popular music without singing about meaningless partying and how much she wants to be your baby. Conversely, Julie writes songs about issues that are important to her. In her song, “Mountain Lion”, she talks about her struggle with anxiety. “Pennies” is about how the over-commodified society we live in can be detrimental.

 

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Check ‘Em Out: Paloma

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Paloma have shared their new track “Touch.” “It’s about a diamond in the rough,” the band explains, “Somewhat of a tramp. A certain someone who didn’t quite know how to believe in them self. Until he meets this princess of sorts that did. When they both turn to real life, he’s banking on the idea that we’re only half way through the film. That the story isn’t finished yet.” It’s the first song released from their upcoming debut EP, Luna, out this April 28th.

Paloma was born of the struggle to navigate the harrowing societal construct typical of suburban Los Angeles. It is the answer for learning to balance the need to make ends meet while expressing the irrepressible creativity brooding inside. The band officially began in a small bedroom studio with several ideas being deconstructed over and over again as every artist can relate to. It wasn’t until Nick and Victor invited the masterful keyboardist and local legend Steven Doman to the studio that the band finally grasped the scope of their newly created sound. In a place where one’s inherent value is often picked apart according to attributes of wealth and beauty, Paloma is truly an escapist’s musical paradise.

Luna – TRACKLISTING
01. Fish
02. Touch
03. Isabel
04. Thick Of It All
05. Climbers

Luna is a (Tim Burton meets the Future of the Malibu) five track EP. The second release from Paloma is a Gothic blend consisting of psychedelic dance grooves with swampy, sad and warm melodies. It’s perfectly confused. The record was deeply influenced by various sounds born in Southern California as well as around the world. Paloma draws inspiration from artists such as: Beach House, Daft Punk, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Pond, Gum, Dumbo Gets Mad, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, The Beatles & Earth Wind and Fire.

“We wanted the record to fully express the feeling of living in California,” the band says of the EP, “From the mountains of Malibu driving on Mulholland to the Tents surrounding 6 the street in Downtown LA. Hell, even all the people living in their vans on Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. We have love for them all. We (Paloma) produced Luna alongside Bob Curtin who engineered, mixed and mastered the record in Simi Valley, CA.”

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