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Check ‘Em Out: Colt.22

Los Angeles alternative indie-rock band Colt.22 will release their highly-anticipated debut album Freedom/Freewill on indie label Elite Frequency Group with distribution by The Orchard on Friday, August 25th. Colt.22 is a collaboration between two experienced music producers and writers, John “Fingazz” Stary and Travis Pavur.

Their mission is to draw upon influences of the past and fuse them with the sound of now. This fusion has a powerful reaction, like the recoil of a gun, firing out lyrical content like bullets of self-awareness and knowledge. They blend Stary’s gritty emotional vocals and driving beats with Pavur’s solid rock guitar riffs. A compilation of 11 songs, Freedom/Freewill is an exploration of blues, rock, and electronic music that uses heavy anthemic chants layered with harmonies.

Pre-order Freedom/Freewill – http://apple.co/2t32elP

The video for the album’s first single “Call To Action” is a tribute to cult classic films like Kill Bill and Sin City. Following Los Angeles parkour stunt group Substance Over Hype, “it’s got gunfights, martial arts, and car chases and is generally bad ass” (Ghettoblaster Magazine).

Both, Fingazz and Pavur, met in 2011 while working on a project for Interscope Records. Fingazz is a platinum award certified hip-hop producer best known around the globe as one of the few masters of the “talkbox,” which has been featured on records by Snoop Dogg, Mike Posner, Far East Movement, Flo Rida, Tyga, Bryson Tiller, Just Blaze, and many more.  His sound can be described as “Future Funk” and his song “Winning” won on So You Think You Can Dance.

In contrast, the New Orleans-born Pavur is a rocker through and through. He has recorded and produced countless up and coming rock acts from his own Los Angeles studio, Golden Beat Recording. Currently, he is an engineer at the historic Valentine Recording Studios as well, working with acts like Lana Del Rey and Eagles of Death Metal. During their time at Interscope, the two lived together in a Hollywood Hills music collective. They immediately hit it off and began working together with an intense focus to fuel the world with a new alt rock sound. Enter: Colt.22.

Another track, “Find Your Pride” has been featured in the promos for Showtime’s show Billions.

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Newest Love: Palo Duro

“Surrounded by an ethereal haze of guitars and billowing bass lines, Michael J. Winningham’s bittersweet vocals simmer as he croons over an ’80s-era snare” — SPIN

Palo Duro is the pulsating, technicolor universe of Michael J. Winningham, an Austin based songwriter previously fronting the band Gold Beach.

In July 2012, Michael reached out to his childhood friend, producer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) to continue work on a new Gold Beach record. As teenagers, Sam helped Michael arrange his first song at a house party in Houston TX. They were 16 years old at the time. Fast forward many years later and this creative synergy proved to be strong—Instantly, in the studio, exciting and bold ideas emerged.  Collaboration and endless possibilities informed the arrangements between Sam, Michael, and keyboardist Carlos Orozco, and a new spirit was born. This was no longer Gold Beach.

Two years flew by and a rotating cast of musicians were invited to join the recording process. New songs emerged from studios in Wimberley TX, New York City, and Los Angeles. In this time, 23 songs were recorded, and eventually, Michael would name the project Palo Duro. In the summer of 2016, the music was introduced to 30th Century Records founder Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, and plans began to release the music.

The first single, “Darken the Glow” is a William Onyeabor inspired pop song with scaling guitars, a dirty back beat and a chorus that soars in the direction of Quincy Jones. “Darken the Glow” embodies the trust, the celebration, and ultimately, the creativity of this body of work and the people involved.  The found footage video, featuring hundreds of skeleton-clad Lucha Libre fighters dancing while eating ramen, sumo-wrestlers, and dragons falling from the sky, echoes this celebration.

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New Track From Coast Modern – “Dive”

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The LA duo Coast Modern – comprised of Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas – release their newest song, “Dive” – a certified summer jam that has all the elements that make for a perfect night, with lyrics that talk about sunrises, love, and of course – in the bands own words, the “pool of life.” Speaking of the track, the duo added; “The moment right before a first kiss, a sticky night by the beach bonfire, the endless summers of youth… we bottled some of these feelings and cast them into the churning waves for the world to receive. ‘Dive’ is a song about making the whole of existence your ocean to explore.”

The song comes from the duos 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”, the duo have gone on to release a handful of tracks in their short tenure as a band – 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), and followed up with “Comb My Hair” and “Pockets Full of No” – tracks to kick you out of the most serious of funks. 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. Coast Modern made their live debut at SXSW, playing their first shows together as a band, and were subsequently scooped up to tour with BORNS, The Wombats and The Temper Trap respectively. The duo just wrapped up the Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour which saw them hit the road with Missio, 888 and Sundara Karma.

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Check ‘Em Out: Kiev

Photo credit: Murphy Karges

Photo credit: Murphy Karges

“The sun sets in the background as the band plays on, masterfully achieving an organic sound…” Elmore Magazine

“Sharing their funk and psychedelic rock influences through visuals that reinforce its sound, the hypnotic track is set to a magical journey that sees the band’s members riding on bongo drums while coming in contact with electrified lily pads” NYLON Guys

“Kiev’s genre-transcending full-length […] exudes a powerful otherworldly quality, as if Orange County-based band of sophisticates give in at times to the urge to simply space out.” Buzzbands.LA

Orange County alt-rockers Kiev released their debut full-length album, Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth, in October of last year. In support of the record, the band is kicking off a west coast tour today with fellow Californians Bad Suns.

Having recently unveiled their otherworldly video for Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth album cut “Be Gone Dull Cage,” the band has now dropped an incredible live video of “Solving and Running”- shot in a stunningly picturesque desert locale.

Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth was produced & engineered by Chris Shaw (Wilco, Phish, Super Furry Animals), and pays homage to collective band influences & minimalist pioneer Steve Reich. The members of Kiev have strong connections to the world of visual art, and have orchestrated & added a multi-faceted 3D element to their live performances. Additionally, the LP art was originally a band favorite by renowned contemporary artist Walton Ford, who gave the band his blessing to use it as the cover for Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth upon hearing the record & how it spoke to his painting.

Full West Coast Tour w/ Bad Suns Kicks Off Today:

8/1: Bakersfield, CA @ B Ryders
8/3: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
8/4: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
8/5: Reno, NV @ Cargo Reno
8/6: Eugene, OR @ Cozmic
8/7: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
8/10: Boise, ID @ Reef
8/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
8/13: Las Vegas, NV @ Container Park
8/15: Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

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Newest Love: The Julian Taylor Band – “Never Gonna Give You Up”

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With recent packed performances at Canadian Music Week (CMW), showcased on CTV News, an opening spot for super group Magic! at the Mod Club, and a date at The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, THE JULIAN TAYLOR BAND has officially release the already widely-acclaimed CD TECH NOIR.

Toronto-based award-winning singer-songwriter Julian Taylor and his band are thrilled about the reaction of their much anticipated new album TECH NOIR. The first single “Never Gonna Give You Up” has already been nominated as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and the video has blown up on YouTube with more than 300,000 views – the track storming the Top 40 on the Canadian Alt Rock chart.

In addition, The Julian Taylor Band’s previous member and bass player, Ben Spivak, – who now plays with the massively successful “Magic” – has several song co-writes and also plays on Tech Noir. The band is currently comprised of a group of formidable musicians – Julian Taylor (vocals and guitar), Jeremy Elliott (drums), Steve Pelletier (bass) and David Engle (keys).

A truly gifted performer, Taylor has a distinct delivery that’s raw and emotional. The sound on Tech Noir is a culmination of every musical genre that has influenced him throughout his life and his most recent reincarnation sees him moving towards the kind of music that inspired him as a child. While even more energetic in their live performances, the band’s new soul-driven pop-rock is inspired by the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers and this is reflected on the new album.

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Video: Black Lips – “Funny”

Fresh off a US tour with a plethora of sold out shows from coast to coast, Black Lips are once again preparing to hit the road in support of Underneath The Rainbow this fall with The King Khan & BBQ Show. This pairing has a storied history, from KK & BBQ’s chaotic introduction as support on Black Lips’ first European tour to the amalgamated supergroup of both acts as psych-gospel sextet The Almighty Defenders in 2009, and the resulting shows are certain to be legendary.

Underneath the Rainbow further demonstrates Black Lips’ 15 year evolution from underground hellions to international ambassadors of rock-n-roll (via tours that have graced the likes of Iraq, Lebanon, Thailand, India, Mexico, and dozens more). While production credits from Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Tommy Brenneck (Cee Lo, Dap Kings) help to spotlight the band’s songcrafting, at their heart Black Lips are a vibrant and invigorating live act who thrive on getting a room moving.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

  • 7/17/14 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
  • 7/18/14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
  • 7/19/14 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
  • 9/06/14 – Lafayette, GA – Cherokee Farms
  • 9/10/14 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s*
  • 9/11/14 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s*
  • 9/12/14 – Austin, TX – Ghost Town*
  • 9/13/14 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater*
  • 9/15/14 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room*
  • 9/16/14 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House*
  • 9/17/14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*
  • 9/18/14 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon*
  • 9/19/14 – Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium*
  • 9/21/14 – Columbus, OH – The A&R Music Bar*
  • 9/23/14 – Cincinnati, OH – The Southgate House Revival*
  • 9/24/14 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick*
  • 9/25/14 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre*
  • 9/26/14 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda*
  • 9/27/14 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall*
  • 9/28/14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
  • 9/30/14 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
  • 10/01/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg*
  • 10/02/14 – Washington, DC – Black Cat*
  • 10/03/14 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
  • 10/04/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Goat Farm*
  • 11/08/14 – Austin, TX – FunFunFun Fest

 

* w/ The King Khan & BBQ Show

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Stream: The Kin – Get On It EP

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Popular alternative rock band The Kin kicks off yet another nationwide tour on February 5, 2014, in support of their new five-track EP Get On It (Interscope Records). Fresh off their Australian and US tours supporting P!NK, the power trio amps up to headline their own two month tour, bringing their explosive live shows to 27 cities across the US in February and March 2014.

The Kin, comprised of Isaac Koren (vocals, keys), Thorald Koren (vocals, guitar, keys), and Shakerleg (drums, percussion), have enraptured live audiences worldwide with their powerful vocal harmonies, hard-driving guitar and percussion and captivating stage presence. It was only a matter of time until major labels took notice and Interscope signed on to help promote their current EP Get On It, released in October 2013.  The Kin teamed up with legendary producer Tony Visconti (best known for his work with David Bowie and T.Rex), as well as former Record Plant staff engineer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith) and Nic Hard (Joey Ramone, The Church) to capture the group’s gritty, propulsive rock sound that comes across best during their live performances.  The Get On It EP is currently charting in the US and Australia and went gold in New Zealand, reaching #2 on the Pop charts there.

During their tours, The Kin also are known for causing trouble with their signature “Musical Robberies” where they burst into a randomly chosen high-traffic public area, such as a diner or airport, and surprise innocent on-lookers with a spontaneous live performance. The Kin have launched several of these “musical robberies,” including at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Soho House, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar in Los Angeles, and a French airport. “We’re looking to surprise people and give them a musical experience,” says Isaac. “Even if it’s just for a split second, it’s a rush for everyone involved.”

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Listen: The Kin – Get On It EP

Tour Dates:

2/18/2014        7pm     Columbus, OH             A&R  Bar

2/20/2014        7pm     Pittsburgh, PA             Club Cafe

2/22/2014        6pm     Cambridge, MA           TT The Bear’s

2/23/2014        8pm     New York, NY             Bowery Ballroom

2/24/2014        8pm     Vienna, VA                  Jammin Java

2/26/2014        8pm     Philadelphia, PA          World Cafe Live

3/9/2014          9pm     Indianapolis, IN           Deluxe at ONC

3/15/2014        9pm     Denver, CO                 Larimer Lounge

3/17/2014        7pm     Salt Lake City, UT       Kilby Court

3/19/2014        7pm     Seattle, WA                 The Crocodile

3/20/2014        9pm     Portland, OR               Doug Fir Lounge

3/21/2014        7pm     Sacramento, CA          Assembly

3/23/2014        9pm     Santa Cruz, CA           The Catalyst

3/24/2014        8pm     Fresno, CA                  Strummer’s

3/26/2014        8pm     Santa Ana, CA            Constellation Rm

3/27/2014        830pm San Diego, CA            Soda Bar

3/28/2014        8pm     Los Angeles, CA         Troubadour

3/29/2014        5pm     Las Vegas, NV            Container Park

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