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NVDES Release Vol. 2

Photo Credit: Neil Favila

In the midst of a national co-headline tour with Pierce Fulton, Los Angeles-based creative collective NVDES release their Vol. 2 EP today. Highlighted by the work of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, the six-track collection is brimming with his signature energy-packed influence. Fusing pulsing electronics, hard-hitting beats, and ethereal vocals, the EP includes “Everyday,” featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist this week, and “D.Y.T (Do Your Thing)” feat. REMMI which set the internet ablaze upon its release last month.

Earlier this year, NVDES released his La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP which included the infectious single “Turning Heads,” recently selected to feature in Apple’s iPhone X ad campaign. In 2017 alone, NVDES’ music can be heard in over 15 shows and commercials for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, T-Mobile, CW’s Dynasty, and more. To date, NVDES has garnered over 12 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global and US Viral Charts, and earned acclaim from the likes of FADER and NYLON.

NVDES Tour Dates w/ Pierce Fulton
12/12: San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
12/13: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
12/16: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Vol. 2 EP Tracklisting
1. This High
2. D.Y.T (Do Your Thing) feat. REMMI
3. Everyday
4. Amsterdam In My Mind
5. Walls
6. Where Is Your Mind


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This Weekend: The Growlers Six Festival

In celebration of the end of their tour and the kick off to their Growlers Six festival, The Growlers have shared an unreleased track produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys / The Arcs.

“California” was recorded in 2012 in Nashville while the band was working on a full-length record with Auerbach. Though the record was never released, this is the first official recording from those sessions.

Additionally, the band’s festival The Growlers Six kicks off in San Pedro this weekend at the LA Waterfront. Check out this massive lineup!!!

The Growlers Six lineup:
The Growlers (both nights)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Modest Mouse
Dan Auerbach
Butthole Surfers
Beth Ditto
Danny Brown
The B-52s
Girl Talk
Julian Casablancas and the Voids
Bad Brains
Guided By Voices
Geto Boys
Steel Pulse
Chiquis Rivera
Mike Watt & the Secondmen
Alice Glass
Nice As Fuck
Beach Fossils
Frankie Cosmos
Amber Coffman
Sly + Robbie
DJ Seinfeld
Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the Drums
Cigarettes After Sex
Big Sandy + his Fly Rite Boys
The Weirdos
The Warlocks
Delicate Steve
Grateful Shred performs Dark Star
Personal & the Pizzas
La Luz
The Regrettes
The Paranoyds
Baby Shakes
Culture Abuse
Cat Signs
Billy Changer
Froogy’s Groovies
Doja Cat
Zen Mother
DJ Johnny Basil

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Listen: The Dan Ryan – “Fleeting”

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From Chicago to Kansas to Austin to your ears – after playing in bands such as Hospital Ships and Your Friend, Nathan Dixey presents his solo debut as The Dan Ryan. The self-titled album, out May 27, is also the debut release for new Venice, CA-based label Cosmic Dreamer Music. Cosmic Dreamer is a platform for artistic expression. Founded by visual artists who play music, the label believes in the power of connecting with others through sight, sound, and experience.

For a taste of the album, check out the psych-folk single “Fleeting”.

If the Grateful Dead of 1977 started collaborating with the Grateful Dead of 1966 under George Harrison’s supervision in 2014, the result would sound similar to The Dan Ryan. Sonically, the LP is unique, blending pop sensibilities and electronic textures with tender vocals. Experimental and deeply personal, the songs bear a chapter of change with deep lyrical content, yet the music never becomes too dark or overbearing.

Formed in 2011 as a side project in Lawrence, KS, The Dan Ryan is now based in Austin, TX, where the debut LP was home-recorded between December 2013 to July 2014. Psychedelic and deeply personal, these songs bear a chapter of change and evoke the fleeting nature of one’s perspective on life.

The Dan Ryan stretches eleven miles through the south side of Chicago. A clogged artery, the expressway slowly churns its commuters from the city’s heart to the ghettos, outskirts, and suburbs out beyond Northwest Indiana.  Trains shuffle through its enormous median to 95thStreet.  Great iron edifices deliver passengers east and westbound, roaring seventy feet above the freeway’s concrete floor. Tucked in the city’s southwest corner lays a patch of forest bearing the same name.  Carved by glaciers, The Dan Ryan Woods boast Chicago’s highest vantage point.  Climb its light towers to admire her big, broad, shimmering shoulders.  Linger under its giant maples to escape the whirr of the city streets. The Dan Ryan represents the imminent collision between tranquility and transition; an acknowledgement that regardless of ones stature, seat, or disposition, you’re still along for the ride.

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Video: Nick Pes – “California”


This week Sydney singer, songwriter and producer Nick Pes is revealing the self-directed music video for his new single “California”, the first track to fall from his upcoming debut EP.

“The video for California is inspired by the works of David Lynch and California itself. I shot it on location in Los Angeles and around Yosemite – there are a few nods to Twin Peaks that tie in to the other worldly ness of the dreamland of California – I’ve tried to create a dreamscape with the synths and guitar in the the song itself, and the video is meant to be a continuation of that dreaminess. It’s less a narrative but more a series of vignettes. I wanted it to feel like someone had found an old video-tape that had been recorded over again and again – like a time capsule” – Nick Pes

“California” was written about Nick’s love for the “land of dreams”. He remembers first reading about the early European discovery of California, where explorers thought it was actually an island, and were attracted by stories of Amazonian women, pearls and gold.

While the single is mainly based on those ideals, it also has an underlying metaphorical meaning for a relationship; when you need to say goodbye to someone simply because the timing just isn’t right. The hope is that you never let go of one another, and that one day you will be together again.

A steady retro-fuelled beat drives the summery, nostalgic charm of “California”. Nick’s voice holds a warm calming presence as the song continues to flow with atmospheric indulgence, distant guitar whispers and golden showers of shimmering synth.

“California” delivers on its intentions of empowerment as it rewards you with the feeling of being ready to take on anything the world throws your way.

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Debut Album From KNTRLR


“Let synth-rockers KNTRLR’s debut full length ‘The Great Filter’ take you over. The post-punk duo’s first album is a rush of hooks and energy.” – SPIN

“It’s as if the Walkmen transported themselves to a skuzzy underground NYC club in the ’80s, and we can’t get enough of it.” – PureVolume

“Definitely listen to this band, they are sleek and
mesmerizing.”Pancakes and Whiskey

KNTRLR, the New York based experimental indie rock/electronic duo, is set to release their debut LP, The Great Filter, on February 24th via Goodnight Records.  In celebration of the upcoming release, SPIN is now streaming the album in full leading up to the release.

Check it out HERE

Since 2008, KNTRLR continues to evolve–their music becoming further charged by the confrontation of mortality and darkness. The Great Filter stays true to these motivations. From love and death to loss and family, the sum of the band’s life experiences have created a darker collection of songs that are sure to resonate deeply with listeners. The strong confidence in the sound they’ve built is obvious; KNTRLR’s respective life experiences have their music well.

Now a five-piece act live, the duo will be touring to promote their upcoming album The Great Filter.

Tour Dates:
2/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Lexington Theatre
2/19 – Long Beach, CA – The Prospector
2/21 – San Francisco. CA – Submission
2/28  New York, NY – Gutter (Album Release Party)

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Lightning In A Bottle Festival

This looks like the absolute coolest festival ever!

Lightning in a Bottle is California’s premier camp out festival celebrating art, electronic music, yoga and much more!

The dates for the festival this year is May 22-26, Memorial Day Weekend.

The history of Lightning in a Bottle spans more than a decade; friends, family, and co-horts of The Do LaB are thrilled and astounded that it’s been more than ten years of celebrating art, music, performance, sustainability and life, making miracles and catching Lightning in a Bottle!

2014’s music lineup will be announced in early March. Past headliners include Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, The Glitch Mob, Purity Ring, Rusko, Nicolas Jaar, Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, Booka Shade, Bonobo, Beats Antique, Mimosa, Tycho, EOTO, Shpongle, Tipper, Lucent Dossier Experience, Apparat, Paper Diamond, Panty Raid, Nit Grit, Nosaj Thing, Emancipator, Star Slinger, The Very Best, Daedelus, Lee Burridge, Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, J-Flip, Jesse Rose, Nick Warren, Polish Ambassador, Odesza, Kastle, Gladiator, and more!

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Whaaaaaaaaat??? New Music From Mazzy Star!

Mazzy Star recently announced the worldwide release of their eagerly anticipated fourth studio album, Seasons Of Your Day on September 24th. In support of the new album, Mazzy Star are taking to the road for a full North American tour of multiple cities including Los Angeles on November 7th, Toronto on November 16th, and Montreal on November 17th .

Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day was recorded in California and Norway.   The album features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including ColmO’Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine) and a special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch. The album was produced by David Roback and Hope Sandoval and will be released on their own label, Rhymes Of An Hour Records, and distributed through INgrooves and Fontana North.

Seasons Of Your Day is Mazzy Star’s fourth studio LP, preceded by She Hangs Brightly (1990), So Tonight That I Might See (1993) and Among My Swan (1996). Seasons Of Your Day is the second release on Rhymes Of An Hour Records and follows the single “Common Burn / Lay Myself Down” (2011).

Tour Dates 

  • November 3              Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
  • November 4              Seattle, WA @ Neptune
  • November 6              San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
  • November 7              Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
  • November 10            Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
  • November 12            Minneapolis, M N @ Mill City Nights
  • November 13            Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
  • November 15            Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
  • November 16           Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
  • November 17           Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
  • November 19            Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
  • November 20            New York, NY @ Terminal 5
  • November 22            Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
  • November 23            Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

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Newest Love: Allah-Las

After celebrated releases from Hanni El Khatib and Nick Waterhouse, LA-based indie label on the rise, Innovative Leisure is excited to announce the debut release from their next big act to watch, The Allah-Las.  Recorded at the legendary Distillery Studio and produced by fellow labelmate Nick Waterhouse, the surf/psych-rock quartet’s music rivals that of some of the best Brit pop and garage rock bands from the 60s, laced with the sounds of the California coast line.  These are the kind of songs that bounced between London and Los Angeles, the kind of thing that could have come from Mick Jagger or Arthur Lee or both at once, with crystalline guitar and slow-mo drums that recall the way the waves take big bites of the beach at night.

In early 2012, the band released a video for their song “Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)” that succinctly embodies the band vibes and references of American past and future via Super 8 footage.   If Gidget was resurrected in 2012, the Allah-Las would be playing this song at her beach party and steal away with her for a road trip in their VW van on the PCH.  This album is an adventure from the ocean to the desert to the mountains… this is the sound of California!


  1. Catamaran
  2. Don’t You Forget It
  3. Busman’s Holiday
  4. Sacred Sands
  5. No Voodoo
  6. Sandy
  7. Ela Navega
  8. Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)
  9. Catalina
  10. Vis-A-Vis
  11. Seven Point Five
  12. Long Journey

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Free Download: Datarock (SOULDROP REMIX) “California”

Click image to listen/download Souldrop’s Remix of “California”

You gotta get this one!

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New EP: Datarock “California”

Click image to listen to the new EP at Spinner

This week Datarock has revealed a secret EP titled California.  The tracks on the album are excerpts from the forthcoming opus, DATAROCK – the musical!  Check out a stream of the full California EP exclusively on AOL Spinner.
And click here to go behind the scenes into the studio for the making of California with Fredrik Saroea.

California is now available digitally on iTunes. The earlier released single, “Catcher In the Rye,” is also available digitally on iTunes.

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