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Video: Koda – “Curse”

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Koda shares his latest video for new single “Curse”. The track is from his forthcoming album I Hope This Makes Us Better, which is due out spring 2018. Stay tuned for more new music and details on the new album coming soon.

The grandson of a famous Haitian singer, alternative artist/producer Jordan Sudak (aka Koda) spent the first half of his life as an army brat, being yanked from city to city across the globe. Living in three countries by the age of 15, Jordan watched as his free-spirited parents turned to a radical form of born-again Protestantism, banning contemporary art and burning his Harry Potter books in the process.

After finally settling in Columbia, South Carolina, Jordan’s family values took a bizarre turn as his father’s close call with a heart attack triggered an 180 degree flip on religion for the entire household. His parents eventually opened for an experimental rock band called The Radar Cinema. His mom claimed Jordan to be a family cousin, and he then became the band’s frontman.

Between rehearsals, Jordan would get together with the band’s keyboardist to listen to doom metal and sludge records while “circuit-bending,” the art of making new instruments through soldering circuit boards from toys like Furbies and Speak ‘N’ Spells. From there, Jordan made the deep dive into ambient and experimental music, teaching himself QBASE, a popular production software for electronic artists.

Initially crafting side-project Koda — a nickname he received due to his obsession with photography — in the world of ambient dream pop and Nordic folk, Jordan quickly saw the project see success to the tune of 20M+ streams and calls from music supervisors for scores featuring his vocals, which bared a welcome resemblance to that of Jonsí (Sigur Rós) and Thom Yorke (Radiohead).

This success led to the one-way ticket from Columbia to Los Angeles, where Koda would spend the next few years buried in the studio, writing 100s of songs as he developed what would eventually become his debut LP, I Hope This Makes Us Better. The project marks a return to his rock roots, a Radiohead-esque blend of vocals-driven neue-gaze, post-rock, and alternative electronica.

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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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Priest Releases Debut Album

“Stockholm, Sweden’s PRIEST is a must-hear. A must-add to your #musicradar.”
– Puregrainaudio

“It’d be easy to slap the synthwave tag on Priest in light of that genre’s recent explosion in popularity, but Priest sound a whole lot more like the bands that influenced synthwave, the ’80s progenitors of goth, new wave and analogue synth-driven electronic music.”
– Metal Sucks

Today, Priest drops their full-length debut New Flesh. Like a Delorean DMC-12 it will take you back to the colorful future of the 80´s. The illusions presented contains everything from symmetric star prisms, a burning escape from the darkness or to break out of your inner prison. Bit by bit, fragments of a puzzle of success story is taking shape. With a mechanical sound, futuristic melodies and a masterful voice, they´ve seduced listeners all over the planet since their first single in March came out. The Swedish electronic scene is now hotter than forgeable metal.

The album is produced by Alpha (ex Ghost) and features a performace by Airghoul (ex Ghost). The recording is mixed by Niklas Berglöf (Slagsmålsklubben, Dead Soul) and is mastered by Magnus Lindberg. New Flesh contains 10 tracks that sounds like when 1982 imagine how 2019 should sound like.

Check out the whole album via Spotify now!

 

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Joy Again Winter Tour with Rostam

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“Fuzz-friendly aesthetic” NME
“Blazing guitar chords that singe into an auburn infused fuzzy pop magnus” – Earmilk
An upbeat poppy garage twirl and a mellow introspection of sound” What Youth

On the heels of their “Kim” + “On A Farm” single package released last month on Never Grow Up Records, Philadelphia five-piece Joy Again announce a North American tour supporting Rostam this winter. Before they hit the road with Rostam, Joy Again will bring their kinetic live energy on a co-headlining tour with Furnsss, set to kick off on November 13th. See below for a full date listing.

Produced by long-time collaborator Caleb Laven (Frank Ocean’s Blonde & Endless), the “Kim” + “On A Farm” single package finds Joy Again honing their creative vision and propelling their artistic output beyond the underground. Emerging with an infectious new sound that truly finds them coming into their own, the band released their debut EP earlier this year which earned praise from the likes of FADER, NME, and DIY Magazine.

Founded in 2015 after its members met in boarding school, Joy Again released debut singles “Looking Out For You” and “How You Feel” on Mom + Pop (US) and Lucky Number (UK). Their vivid storytelling and seemingly effortless command of melody charmed the internet and saw them dubbed a “staple of the Philly basement scene” as they continued to garner attention on the international scale. The band has performed with the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Hinds, Daywave, and Hoops.

Be sure to catch Joy Again in a city near you and stay tuned for more as the band readies their debut full-length.

Joy Again Tour Dates
^ = w/ Furnsss
* = w/ Rostam

11/13: Washington, DC @ Above The Bayou ^
11/14: Savannah, GA @ El Rocko Lounge ^
11/15: Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery ^
11/16: New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar ^
11/17: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger ^
11/19: Birmingham, Al @ The Firehouse ^
11/20: Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light ^
11/21: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^
11/22: Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA ^
1/29: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
1/30: Nashville, TN @ Third Man *
2/1: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall *
2/2: Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
2/3: Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts *
2/5: Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa *
2/6: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
2/8: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol Theater *
2/9: Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladies Literary Club *
2/10: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
2/12: Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room at Colectivo *
2/13: Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
2/14: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
2/16: Denver, CO @ Globe Hall *
2/17: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
2/19: Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
2/20: Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
2/21: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
2/2: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey *

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Video: Milky Chance – “Bad Things” feat. Izzy Bizu

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The multiplatinum-certified German duo Milky Chance teamed up with British singer Izzy Bizu for their latest single “Bad Things” which comes complete with a clever new music video. “The inspiration for ‘Bad Things’ came from a feeling of finding yourself repeatedly stuck in the same kind of situation.” explains Clemens, continuing “It’s a tiring, going-around-in-circles-tragedy. In the end, it‘s always up to you to find the way out, but this song is a shout out to that person who’s always there whilst you work it out.”

“Bad Things” is quintessential Milky Chance. The track showcases the band’s talent for combining catchy as hell analogue folk with contemporary electronic production to create real earworms. The message is simple – very good things can happen when you team up with someone else to tackle the difficult stuff life throws at us. Trouble never sounded this good.

LISTEN TO MILKY CHANCE’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM BLOSSOM HERE

CHECK OUT THEIR INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY “BLOSSOMENTARY” HERE

Milky Chance’s sophomore album Blossom – the follow-up to their international hit debut Sadnecessary – has amassed over 160 Million streams since its release earlier this year and the album’s lead single “Cocoon” has graduated to Gold and/or platinum status in countries including Australia, Canada and the band’s native Germany. The band are now midway through their Blossom World Tour and have played over 90 concerts to date and with 80 more shows that incorporate a South American tour scheduled through the summer of 2018. A full list of upcoming North American dates is below.

THE BLOSSOM TOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES 2018:
01/07 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
01/08 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
01/09 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
01/11 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
01/12 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
01/13 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
01/14 – Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
01/16 – Buckhead Theater – Atlanta, GA
01/17 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
01/19 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
01/20 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC
01/21 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
01/22 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
01/23 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
01/24 – Metropolis – – Montreal, QC SOLD OUT
01/26 – Riviera – Chicago, IL
01/27 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
01/28 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
01/29 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
01/30 – O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
01/31 – Winspear Centre – Edmonton, AB
02/01 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
02/03 – The Commodore – Vancouver, BC SOLD OUT
02/04 – The Commodore – Vancouver, BC SOLD OUT

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Check Her Out: Alissia

Multi-disciplinary musician Alissia is making her debut from behind the boards as a producer. The funk and R&B-tinged “Get Away” video is out now — with the full support of Alissia’s number one fan, the inimitable Bootsy Collins, who raves, “I’m digging Alissia’s new song because it makes me want to pull up a chair and sit with you, baba!”

This young woman has enough talent to have been called to produce, play bass, write and arrange on Bootsy Collins’ upcoming album World Wide Funk, also featuring the likes of Kali Uchis, Bernie Worrell, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh and Musiq Soulchild. “Working with Bootsy has been an incredible journey and definitely a challenge to push myself harder everyday. Definitely one of the most inspiring projects I have worked on. ‘You got to keep it funky at all times Baba!’”

In addition, Alissia has also been in collaboration with Khalid, Q-Tip, Anderson Paak, Havoc, and more. Given the company she keeps at her Soho-based studio dubbed “The Spaceship,” it’s certain that this young bass prodigy-turned-producer is primed to begin the next chapter in her musical career.

Her latest track “Get Away” carries listeners from hip-hop to disco to funk and beyond. The mood is chill and the groove is locked. Expect more from Alissia this year; whether solo, collaborating with the greats, or teaming up with new talent, she consistently proves that whatever music she creates just feels right.

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Newest Love: Palm Springsteen

LA-based Palm Springsteen shares their latest video “She’s Got Claws”. The band explains that it’s about the “macabre sensation of someone metaphorically digging their claws into your love life”. Palm Springsteen is gearing up to release their debut LP, Trouble in Paradise, stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Palm Springsteen is a band, a moniker, a portmanteau, a person, a place, a thing, and Bez from Happy Mondays. It’s interchangeable with the word “grease”, from the song Grease, from the movie Grease. It’s Blow Pop in Space. It’s Alan Vega screaming at Peter Hook to turn up that Jesus and Mary Chain record. It’s a feeling; a combination of ethereal synth, raw guitar, and driving rhythms for an explosive aural experience.

Born in the professional hedonism of Los Angeles, Palm Springsteen draws from elements of new wave, post-punk, synth pop and, ahem, “blow pop” to create something that even E.T. would phone home about.

Ever since that sick eclipse that only looked good in Idaho and Wyoming, 2017 finds Palm Springsteen releasing two new singles, “Sister Sister” and “Hey There Cowgirl,” while working on their upcoming LP, Trouble In Paradise.

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hunter & wolfe: Late Then Never EP

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Today, Brooklyn-based rock duo hunter & wolfe share their new EP, Late Then Never, the band’s first offering since their 2014 full-length LP, Days And WorksImpose Magazine is currently streaming the record in advance of the official release this Friday. They praised the EP, stating, “This record packs a lot into 5 songs — themes range from tongue-in-cheek wit, regret, suffering from loss, love and self-doubt.” Check out three of those tracks below.

Late Then Never incorporates their signature singer-songwriter feel with an indie rock flare and a heavy dose of wordplay; it’s about struggling to find meaning amidst the noise of modernity. Late Then Never features Doug Schadt (producer/engineer), Harper James (engineer), and Joe Lambert (mastering). The record will be available and will be distributed digitally by Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, and Google Play.

hunter & wolfe is comprised of Michael Maffei (vocals, guitar, piano), and Sundeep Kapur (guitar). Kapur and Maffei formed hunter & wolfe when visiting Chicago in 2011. In a (misguided) attempt to impress people, they jokingly introduced themselves as attorneys working at a law firm called “hunter & wolfe.” Somehow, the pair ended up performing at a house party that night and decided to keep the name. hunter & wolfe draw inspiration from Radiohead, Elliott Smith, and Arcade Fire.

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