NVDES – The La NVDITÉ Vol. 1 EP

The La NVDITÉ Vol. 1 EP is an intriguing introduction to the laptop-punk of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, brimming with his signature frenetic guitars and honing his prowess for crafting compulsive summery jams. NVDES is currently on a national tour as lead support for Grammy-winning producer RAC and will kick off a co-headline tour with Pierce Fulton this fall. NVDES has garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and more.

The last component of the visual EP is the video for “May and June,” which was directed by artists Jenna Josepher and Giulia Marsico. While their personal styles could be considered opposites, with Jenna’s affinity for inanity and pattern and Giulia’s exploration of sexuality and the human figure, their interests in analogy and absurdity unifies the series.

NVDES has garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and more. Keep an eye out for the release of another EP later this year, stay tuned for more and be sure to catch his kinetic live energy in a city near you.

NVDES Tour Dates

^ = w/ RAC
* = w/ Pierce Fulton

11/14: Austin, TX @ Stubbs *
11/16: Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room *
11/17: New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB *
11/18: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
11/21: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry *
11/22: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage *
11/24: Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar *
11/25: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry *
11/26: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
11/27: Fairfield, CT @ The Warehouse *
11/28: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
11/30: Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room *
12/1: Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Bar & Lounge *
12/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Jekyll *
12/3: Detroit, MI @ Shelter *
12/4: Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
12/5: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
12/7: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge *
12/12: San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall *
12/13: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
12/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
12/15: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *

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Black Kids New Album Rookie Out Now

Black Kids are finally back, and their new album, Rookie is out. The record, their first release since their 2008 debut album Partie Traumatic, was recorded and co-produced by Andy LeMaster at Chase Park Transduction.

Black Kids are now on their US tour — check out the dates and cities below.

BLACK KIDS TOUR DATES

9/29 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/22 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
10/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/26 – Cambridge, MA – Sonia
10/28 – South Burlington, VT – Showcase Lounge
10/29 – Montreal, Canada – Petit Campus
10/30 – Toronto, Canada – The Garrison

Why did it take the band ten years to record a new album, you ask???
“Much like Odysseus and Co., on our journey to make the ‘difficult second album,’ shit got rough,” singer Reggie Youngblood says. “A few of us heeded the siren call of ‘side projects.’ Tumultuous relationships and periods of Imposter Syndrome also impeded progress. Worst of all, I couldn’t write a chorus. And for a band that worships The Chorus, this was problematic.”

After touring exhaustively in support of Partie Traumatic, Youngblood and his bandmates — bassist Owen Cohen and keyboardists/vocalists Ali Youngblood and Dawn Watley — resettled around the U.S., in Brooklyn, Portland, and Athens, Georgia. Reggie started a power-pop group called Blunt Bangs. Owen released records on Kill Rock Stars under the moniker Gospel Music. Ali and Dawn sang and played and crafted. In late 2015, the four convened in Athens to make “Obligatory Drugs”.

Rookie is more lyrically earnest than its predecessor, and Youngblood notes that the “bratty-ness” is toned down — “but just a lil’ bit,” he says. “Yeah, the themes from our debut are still firmly in place on our sophomore: I love you, but you don’t love me; you love me, but I don’t love you; you’re mean, I’m mean—shall we dance?” Ugh, FINE.

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Andrew W.K Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Nina Ottolino

Party God Andrew W.K. is thrilled to announce his first new full-length album in over a decade. The LP showcases Andrew’s signature style of blasting triumphant rock music, with an ever more epic expanse of energizing emotional ecstasy. “I’m going for the sound of pure, unadulterated power; every emotion, every thought, every experience, every sensation, every fear, every joy, every clarity, every confusion, every up, every down… all extruded and concentrated into one thick syrup of super life-force feeling, and then psychically amplified by the celebratory spirit of glorious partying,” explains Andrew. The new release is out March 2, 2018 via Sony Music worldwide. 

Andrew W.K. has officially began his first full-band concert outing in five years with “The Party Never Dies Tour“. Andrew brings his party-centric positivity across America and the previously announced UK tour dates are now moving from November to April, 2018. All tickets bought for the November tour will still be honored at the new dates, or can be refunded at the point of purchase. A full list of all dates can be found below.

A one-man music machine possessed by a single-minded, monomaniacal focus on euphoric joy, Andrew lives to spread a singular message: That to party is to exist, and to exist is to party. Andrew continues to passionately deliver his extremely high-energy brand of uplifting entertainment, with an unrelenting commitment to continuing the mission he first embarked upon in 2001, with the release of his debut single and signature tune “Party Hard”, and has never swerved from since. Despite taking on a dizzying array of additional roles that took him into virgin territory for a rock ‘n’ roll musician (ie: advice columnist for the Village Voice and Vice, host of a Cartoon Network kid’s game show, lecturer at Yale, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and the UK’s Oxford University), Andrew has always remained true to his positive-partying cause. It’s safe to say, Andrew’s hard-partying spirit is showing no signs of softening.


Andrew W.K. Tour Dates
North America 

Sep 28 – San Francisco, CA – Independent – On Sale Now (NEW)
Sep 29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent 
– On Sale Now
Sep 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl – On Sale Now (NEW)
Oct 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom 
– On Sale Now
Oct 03 – Austin, TX – Mohawk – On Sale Now
Oct 04 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – On Sale Now
Oct 05 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – On Sale Now
Oct 07 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room – On Sale Now
Oct 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s – On Sale Now
Oct 09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls – On Sale Now
Oct 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts – On Sale Now
Oct 12 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel – On Sale Now
Oct 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw – On Sale Now
Oct 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall – On Sale Now
Oct 15 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall – On Sale Now (NEW)
Oct 17 – Toronto, ON – Opera House 
– On Sale Now
Oct 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall – On Sale Now
Oct 19 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar – On Sale Now
Oct 20 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave – On Sale Now
Oct 21 – Chicago, IL – The Vic – Pre-Sale Wed @ 10am (NEW)
Oct 23 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – (RESCHEDULED from 9/14, all tix honored)
Mexico
Nov 18 – Mexico City, MEX – Corona Capital – 
On Sale Now

UK (MOVED FROM NOVEMBER – All Tix Honored or Available for Refund)

Apr 13 – Cardiff, Wales – Great Hall
Apr 14 – London, UK – Kentish Town Forum
Apr 15 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Apr 18 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Apr 19 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Apr 20 – Manchester, UK – 02 Ritz
Apr 21 – Glasgow, SCO – Garage

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Listen: Wolf Alice – “Heavenward”

London-based rock band Wolf Alice has released their new track “Heavenward”, which was featured as a Zane Lowe World Record on his Beats 1 show. The track will be included on the band’s upcoming sophomore album entitled Visions Of A Life, which is set for release September 29th, 2017 via Dirty Hit/RCA Records and is available for pre-order now.

Wolf Alice also revealed the track listing for Visions Of A Life. See full track listing below.

1. Heavenward
2. Yuk Foo
3. Beautifully Unconventional
4. Don’t Delete The Kisses
5. Planet Hunter
6. Sky Musings
7. Formidable Cool
8. Space & Time
9. Sadboy
10. St. Purple & Green
11. After The Zero Hour
12. Visions Of A Life

Additionally, the foursome will be hitting the road throughout the month of December for a short North American tour. The tour will be kicking off in Toronto and will be hitting cities like Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here. See full list of tour dates below.
FRI
12/1
Danforth Music Hall
Toronto, ON
SAT
12/2
L’Astral
Montreal, QB
MON
12/4
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn, NY
THU
12/7
The Met
Pawtucket, RI
FRI
12/8
9:30 Club
Washington, D.C.
SAT
12/9
Trocadero Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
MON
12/11
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA

 

They performed their last U.S. single “Bros” on The Late Late Show with James Corden and the single was Top 15 at AAA radio and charted at Alternative Radio.  The previous single “Moaning Lisa Smile” was nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY Award Nomination for Best Rock Performance and was a Top 10 single at Alternative radio.  Wolf Alice has been named one of Billboard Magazine’s Artists to Watch, as well as one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know.  The London quartet also gave stripped-down performances of “Fluffy”, “Turn To Dust”, and “Bros”, on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series (Click HERE).  Additionally, they performed “You’re A Germ”, “Your Loves Whore”, and “Turn To Dust” on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly.  

Wolf Alice has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize and received a 2016 Brit Award Nomination for British Breakthrough Act. The band has toured with The 1975,  had several headline tours, and played major festivals including last year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival and Lollapalooza.

 

 

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New Track From Wolf Alice: “Beautifully Unconventional”

London-based rock band Wolf Alice released the music video for their new track “Beautifully Unconventional”.  The video, which was directed by Stephen Agnew, premiered on The FADER. “This song is a celebration of all your non-conforming friends,” Ellie Rowsell explained to The FADER. A celebration of individuality and the adventures that come with embracing that. For me personally, I imagined me and my mate Hannah as Christian Slater and Winona Rider in Heathers albeit looking nothing like them. The video has nothing to do with the song  I just didn’t want to have a mullet anymore, seeing as lots of people tore me to pieces in our last video, so it was an excuse to wear a wig!”
 
“Beautifully Unconventional” will be included on the band’s upcoming sophomore album entitled, Visions Of A Life, which is set for release September 29th, 2017 via Dirty Hit/RCA Records and is available for pre-order now.

Wolf Alice also revealed the track listing for Visions Of A Life

1. Heavenward
2. Yuk Foo
3. Beautifully Unconventional
4. Don’t Delete The Kisses
5. Planet Hunter
6. Sky Musings
7. Formidable Cool
8. Space & Time
9. Sadboy
10. St. Purple & Green
11. After The Zero Hour
12. Visions Of A Life

Additionally, the foursome will be hitting the road throughout the month of December for a short North American tour. The tour will be kicking off in Toronto and will be hitting cities like Brooklyn, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here. See full list of tour dates below.

FRI
12/1
Danforth Music Hall
Toronto, ON
SAT
12/2
L’Astral
Montreal, QB
MON
12/4
Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn, NY
THU
12/7
The Met
Pawtucket, RI
FRI
12/8
9:30 Club
Washington, D.C.
SAT
12/9
Trocadero Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
MON
12/11
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA

 

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Newest Love: Freedom Fry

“A jewel of sparkling synth and melodies” – VICE/Noisey
“Freedom Fry are on the path to stardom” – Indie Shuffle
“indie pop-folk tracks with upbeat melodies, danceable rhythms” – Flaunt Magazine

In anticipation of their upcoming Strange Attraction EP set for release on September 7th, Los Angeles based alt-folk duo Freedom Fry share new single “Party Down” with VICE’s Noisey. Highlighted by pulsating electronic beats and dreamy, melodic vocals of Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, the track stays true to the duo’s infectious feel-good sound.

“Party Down is a song about getting through the grind of your daily life and wanting to make the good times last longer – having the foresight when you’re in a good moment to realize that once it’s over you’re going to miss it,” Freedom Fry comments. “We were playing with synths as lead elements, which we haven’t done very much as a band. We wanted the beat to feel like a cross between Michael Jackson and the more danceable songs by The Clash. Once that was in place the rest of it just came together.”

“Party Down” follows the release of the first single and title track “Strange Attraction” released last month via BlackBook. Upon release of the EP, Freedom Fry will bring their kinetic live energy to Los Angeles on September 9th at Sunstock Solar Music Festival.

Freedom Fry has garnered over 50 million track streams and their music can be heard in over 50 films, shows, and commercials including Judd Apatow’s “Love” and Grey’s Anatomy. The band has appeared on The Hype Machine over 50 times, including three #1’s as they continue to turn heads on the international scale. They’ve performed in Europe and throughout the US with the likes of Stromae, Phantogram, X Ambassadors, and others.

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Check ‘Em Out: Ayo River

“…Weston calls back to the earlier days of indie rock, with sharp strings that cut through smokey vocals.”  – All Things Go

“…Taylor has found an engaging channel of expression with Ayo River, a musical outlet that has allowed him to find organic balance in the often overbearing push through modern existence.” – Under The Radar

Atlanta-based, indie pop project Ayo River announce their debut LP, Failed State, out now. Here, I’m sharing Ayo River’s second single and video, “Mercedes.” Lead single, “Porcelain,” premiered on Under The Radar, who described the track as “a lean and flowing example of Ayo River’s music, akin to early Death Cab for Cutie.” The album was recorded over a span of two years in Athens, Georgia, where songwriter Weston Taylor elicited the production and engineering skills of multi-instrumentalist Matt Martin (Faye Webster), who also performs drums and bass on many tracks. The album was produced at Chase Park Transduction Studios (Deerhunter, Bright Eyes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Animal Collective, REM). The LP was mastered by TW Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie).

Ayo River, a moniker used by songwriter Weston Taylor, is a project that deeply intersects his personal narrative with the constant underlying relationships and connectedness of the modern world. Taylor’s artistic passions have been displayed through various mediums throughout his life, but his desire to tell stories remains a constant in all his art. As a teenager, Taylor’s was highly influenced by the hip hop scene of Atlanta. Once in college in Athens, Taylor dabbled in rapping, writing rhymes and lyrics to ripped off instrumentals from Youtube, sending lyrics off to Lil Wayne while he was locked up in Rikers. Soon realizing he was not the best rapper, Taylor took a step away from music and begun drafting short stories and novels, sending them off to publishing houses with hopes of being published. His extreme inclination to tell stories, express his thoughts lyrically and relate to others through writing was finally realized through his position at a children’s music school, where he found that pop music was the perfect medium for telling his own personal experiences and narratives.


Failed State is about a moment when something stops working and it becomes apparent that there must be change to move on. It’s about the feeling when the party of your youth is over, when the relationships you once held dear have disintegrated, but the Internet won’t let you look away. It’s about feeling like life is everyone vs. you. It’s a collection of songs containing poignant stories and experiences from his life – a car crash that awoke him from an existential coma, a breakup that made him sick in the street and his personal relationship with hip-hop in Atlanta.


Making frequent weekend trips to Athens, Martin and Taylor furiously recorded the album late into the night, angering many roommates and neighbors. Eventually, Taylor and Martin took the  record’s bare bones to the studio, where they recorded with Josh Crusa (bass) and Evan Seeds (drums), who had begun performing in Ayo River’s live band. Lead single, “Porcelain” was the first song recorded in the studio, and presents an ominous, stewing brew that transforms halfway through, almost like a spell, ending up brighter. Album track, “White Dress,” is Ayo River’s ode to Atlanta hip-hop, featuring producer Taylor Roarbaugh, who played a key role in finding the perfect sonic elements to incorporate with Ayo River’s dark lyrical themes.

 

FAILED STATE – TRACKLISTING

01. Porcelain
02. Jolts
03. Mercedes
04. White Dress
05. Porches + Patios
06. Waking Up
07. 11 Likes
08. Tantrum pt. i
09. Tantrum pt. ii
10. Snakes
11. Failed State

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Check ‘Em Out: LYOD

Check out this debut track from vibrant German producer LYOD, “Run Away”.

The emotional summer single is characterized by driving beats, mesmerizing melodies, and refined effects. Vibrant synths and a tropical drum wrap around Lucas’ soaring lyrics. Despite this comforting sonic escape, British vocalist Alex Lucas croons a repeating sharp line:

 

wasted on a generation fighting for peace, but I’m just now wise enough to see the truth

 

The inspiration for these lines came from reflecting on society. Lucas croons his way through bold statements on how to deal while LYOD layers his warm and playful instrumentals. “Run Away” creates a getaway all on its own.

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Remix: Izzy Bizu – “White Tiger” (Cat Carpenters Remix)

Izzy Bizu is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from South West London, born to an Ethiopian Mother and English Father. She grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Swan, Betty Wright, and James Brown and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz, and pop that sounds classic and brand spanking new all at once.

Being 2016 Brits Critics Choice finalist, The BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year 2016 and chosen as the voice of the 2016 Euros with her cover of Edith Piaf’s La Foule, she is quickly proving herself as one of the most exciting breakthrough British artists of the year. Garnering early support from 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1 on her independent six-tracker, Coolbeanz EP, before signing to Sony/RED MUSIC there’s been plenty a new fans in the front row thanks to instant classics like “White Tiger”, now with over 75 million global Spotify streams, the heart-wrenching “Mad Behaviour”, and viral Honne collaboration “Someone That Loves You”.

Drawing on her time moving countries, schools and the relationships that have entailed, Izzy is a cultural explorer, memories, experience and feelings evoking the songs we’re soon to hear and the thought-provoking conversation she already provides. Wearing her thoughts on her sleeve, you’ll be pushed to find many a debut this honest.

Her debut album, A Moment of Madness is out now (which you can stream via Spotify HERE); and the South London born singer/songwriter is debuting the Cat Carpenters remix of her hit “White Tiger,” which you can check out below along with tour dates alongside Coldplay!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
with Coldplay
8/12 Minneapolis MN – US Bank Stadium
8/14 Omaha NE – Centurylink Center
8/15 Kansas City MO – Spirit Center
8/17 Chicago IL – Soldier Field
8/19 Cleveland OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/21 Toronto ON – Rogers Centre
8/22 Toronto ON – Rogers Centre
8/25 Houston TX – NRG Stadium
8/28 Miami FL – Hard Rock Stadium

 

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Obsessed: VHS Collection

NYC-based VHS Collection shares their new track “Fire“. The track, recorded in London with Chris Zane (Passion Pit, St. Lucia), is from their forthcoming debut LP, more details to be announced soon. “We all have a devil on one shoulder and ‘Fire’ is dedicated to him,” explains the band’s Conor Cook, “The song celebrates our evil ways. It sonically blends synths and guitars in a way that is both nostalgic and modern. The groove of this tune is one that you don’t typically hear these days, which sets his track apart.” The band’s James Bohannon explains that “’Fire’ paints a descriptive vision of rebellion, religious confines, and pent up desire. It’s a seedy jam that has elements of classic southern rock, evolved into our signature synth/guitar soundscape.”

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 20 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, 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 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.  For their upcoming record, VHS is working with producer Chris Zane who has also produced albums for Passion Pit, St. Lucia, and Friendly Fires.

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