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Newest Love: The Districts

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Listen: The Districts – “Funeral Beds”

Philly band The Districts are a young four-piece band who recently released their self-titled EP on Fat Possum. Since then, the band has toured North America, playing shows with White Denim, Dr. Dog, and more.  The band kicked off their summer tour dates and will continue winning people over throughout the summer, with their own headlining dates alongside big name festivals like this weekend’s Boston Calling, as well as Ottawa’s Bluesfest, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.  Quite an impressive schedule, but the band is more than up to the task with their incredibly energetic live shows.

The self-titled EP features three newly remastered tracks off their 2012 self-released album Telephone, as well as two brand new tracks.

“Lancaster County, Pennsylvania’s the Districts serve up an impressive EP that straddles the line between imaginative indie rock and brisk blues-inflected folk.” – Rolling Stone

“on stage, with a confidence that doesn’t come easy to veteran acts, the band put across its impressive mix of raw rock-and-roll and quieter folkish elements.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

 The Districts on tour:

  • 5/19 — Charlottesville, VA — Jefferson Theater*
  • 5/20 — Washington, DC — The Black Cat*
  • 5/21 — Washington, DC — The Black Cat*
  • 5/25 — Boston, MA — Boston Calling Festival
  • 5/31 — Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory
  • 6/5 — Tulsa, OK — Cain’s Ballroom**
  • 6/7 — Columbia, MO — The Blue Note**
  • 6/8 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue**
  • 6/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE**
  • 6/11 — Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle**
  • 7/9 — Ottawa, ON — Bluesfest
  • 7/10 — Ottawa, ON — Bluesfest
  • 7/18 — Louisville, KY — Forecastle Festival
  • 7/27 — Camden, NJ — XPN Festival @ Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Beck, Band of Horses
  • 8/2 — Chicago, IL — Lollapalooza
  • 8/2 — Chicago, IL – Metro
  • 8/8 — San Francisco, CA — Outside Lands Festival

* w/ Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim & The Law

**w/ Dr. Dog

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Video: Jeremy and The Harlequins – “Trip Into The Light”

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In an era of digitized, recycled beats, Brooklyn-based quintet Jeremy and The Harlequins are a welcome breath of fresh air. A modern, energizing take on the best of classic American rock & roll, the band’s sound conjures inspiration from the likes of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley. Jeremy and The Harlequins recently released their self-titled debut EP!

Having previously unveiled EP cut “Trip Into The Light,” an up-tempo, unadulterated rock joint with raw vocals & foot-stomping drumbeats, the band now reveals the Ellen Francis-directed accompanying video- a dark, sultry oeuvre complete with motorcycles, rocking guitars & enigmatic symbolism.

Jeremy and The Harlequins consists of brothers Jeremy & Stevie Fury (We Are The Fury), Craig Bonich (Head Automatica), Nathan Cogan & Patrick Meyer. The band came together somewhat serendipitously, spending less than week in a whirlwind of rehearsals & recorded their debut self-titled EP at Detroit’s famous Tempermill Studios (The White Stripes, Loretta Lynn).

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Download: Hollis Brown – “Nightfall”

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“perfectly twangy, Instagram filter haze-y sound”NYLON

“Hollis Brown makes music that sounds just as alive today as it would’ve in 1966 and will 40 years from now.” SPIN

Hollis Brown will release their debut full-length album, Ride On The Train, March 5th via Alive Records. Having already shared an early taste with album track “Down On Your Luck,” Hollis Brown has now unleashed a second new track. Featuring crooning vocals and light, dreamy instrumentation, check out their newest single, “Nightfall.”

Full of gritty jams and soft, sweet ballads, Ride On The Train opens with the title track, a triumphant song of new beginnings lead by warm, crackling guitar. “Doghouse Blues” is a straight-up bluesy rock song with rollicking melodies and dirty guitar licks. Despite its title, album track “Down On Your Luck” sets a bright, hopeful tone with twangy guitars and a playful vocal melody, while “Walk On Water” kicks it up a notch with raw vocals and screeching guitar solos. Tracks like the melancholic “If It Ain’t Me” and the powerfully optimistic “Faith & Love” showcase the band’s vulnerable side.

Having already performed alongside acts like Deer Tick and Caveman, fans will have another chance to catch Hollis Brown live on their east coast tour, which kicks off today!

Download: Hollis Brown – “Nightfall”

Hollis Brown on Tour:
2/01: Burlington, VT @ Red Square
2/02: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
2/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
2/27: Indianapolis, IN @ Do317 Lounge
3/21: Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
3/22: Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
3/23: Nashville, TN @ The Basement
3/24: Asheville, NC @ Jack of the Wood
3/27: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
3/28: Richmond, VA @ The Camel
3/29: Washington DC @ Bayou
3/30: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
4/04: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

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Newest Love: The Rubens

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Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Australian rock sensations The Rubens to its roster. The band – which is brothers Sam Margin (vocals/guitar), Elliott Margin (keyboards), and Zaac Margin (guitar), plus their longtime friend Scott Baldwin (drums) – hail from the tiny rural town of Menangle in New South Wales (population 327) and have been on a whirlwind journey since forming in 2011. They have gone from being total unknowns to enjoying strong support from Australia’s influential radio station Triple J and playing the main stage at one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, Splendour in the Grass, alongside Jack White and Bloc Party. The Rubens also opened for The Black Keys in New Zealand and have been selected to support Bruce Springsteen during his tour of Australia this March.

The Rubens’ self-titled debut album, which was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Regina Spektor), has already won over a legion of fans with its rich, soulful take on blues rock. The album debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA chart and sold more than 10K its first week, shooting to No. 1 on iTunes Australia. The album’s first single, “My Gun,” as well as the album itself, has been certified gold in Australia and has spent multiple weeks at No. 1 on Triple J.

The Rubens will make their U.S. debut performing at SXSW and touring here in March. Prior to that, the band will tour the UK and Europe with Walk The Moon beginning February 20th. The band are pleased to announce their first-ever headlining shows outside of Australia as follows:

  • Feb 19        Sebright Arms London, England
  • Mar 11       Mercury Lounge New York, NY
  • Mar 20      TBC San Francisco, CA
  • Mar 21       The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA

Warner Bros. Records will release The Rubens’ album on June 11th.

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