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Check ‘Em Out: Childhood

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Listen: Childhood – “As I Am”

Ahead of their hotly anticipated debut album Lacuna, August 11th on House Anxiety / Marathon Artists, Childhood have released the new single “As I Am” via Stereogum who writes: “a finely honed pop song, one that grooves and shimmers under its sighing neon sheen.”

The track is taken from the London group’s debut album Lacuna, which was recorded with acclaimed producer Dan Carey at his studio in London. With The Guardian describing Childhood as “undeniably exciting and relevant” and Pitchfork as “an exciting young British rock band delivering their spin on luminous guitar pop”, Lacuna is looking set to be one of the albums of the summer.

 

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Check out this remix of “Falls Away” by Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires

Listen: Childhood – “Falls Away” (Jack Savidge Remix)

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Newest Love: Zulu Winter – “We Should Be Swimming”

“…music that shimmers like a sky full of fireworks” NME

catchy and anthemic indie-dance” – The Guardian

UK reverby rockers” – BrooklynVegan

Perseverance and dedication are two things that the members of Zulu Winter are very familiar with. The four guys from Oxfordshire, England came together in their teens over a shared love of music and have been collaborating ever since. Now, twelve years after their first practice as a band, Zulu Winter is gearing up to release Language, a debut album that has the immediate appeal of pop while at the same time packed with emotional insight. Inspired by everything from 19th century literature to obscure ‘60s electronica, Language will be released in North America on June 19th via Arts & Crafts.

Language is a collection of multi-dimensional songs that bleed with sentiment and syncopated dance beats. The album opens with “Key To My Heart,” a sincere message of love that showcases the depth and richness of the band’s sound with layers of swirling instrumentation. The upbeat “Silver Tongue” is driven by an energetic bass line that leads to a danceable chorus. “Bitter Moon” is an emotionally charged track hinged on a powerful chorus, inviting listeners to experience a vulnerable side of the band. “We Should Be Swimming” is a melancholic pop-song running over a compelling rhythm. Zulu Winter released a chilling video for the track, and today they have released the song as a free MP3 download.

Download: Zulu Winter – “We Should Be Swimming”

Having played sold-out shows across Europe alongside acts like Friendly Fires and The Horrors, Zulu Winter is ready to bring its energetic live show to the US. The band will be hitting the road for a string of US dates this month, including multiple performances at SXSW. Be sure to catch Zulu Winter live in your city!

  • 3/14: SXSW @ The Mohawk (Eat Your Own Ears & Laneway), 3:30pm
  • 3/15: SXSW @ Cedar Street Courtyard (Filter Magazine party), 1pm
  • 3/15: SXSW @ Latitude 30 (Clash Music UK party), 3pm
  • 3/15: SXSW @ Tiniest Bar (Double Denim & LuvLuvLuv present), 5:15pm
  • 3/16: SXSW @ Antones (Billions Official Showcase), 9:40pm
  • 3/20: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
  • 3/26: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall (w/ Chairlift)
  • 3/28: New York , NY@ Mercury Lounge (w/ Polica)
  • 3/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands (w/ Willis Earl Beal)
  • 3/30: Pawtucket, Rhode Island @ The Met Cafe (w/ Polica)
  • 3/31: Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse (w/ Polica)
  • 4/01: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Polica)

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New Video: Theophilus London – “I Stand Alone”

Theophilus remains a busy man. He’s currently on the road with Big Boi in Australia. When he gets back, he’ll be performing and DJ’ing all over NYC’s Fashion Week and at Austin City Limits, then heads off for a short tour of South Africa and a few dates in France, including a week long “album of the week” engagement with Canal +. In October, he tours the US with Friendly Fires.

 On September 13th on The CW, Theophilus London will be perform “I Stand Alone” on the season premiere of 90210. He’ll be featured in the October issue of GQ and the November issue of Vogue. Theophilus is representing his hometown on the cover of the Fall issue of Brooklyn Magazine and will also appear on the cover of the next issue of reputable hip-hop lifestyle magazine Wax Poetics.

 Back on August 20th in Austin, Theophilus London kicked off Dell and Intel’s Special Engagements, a new global concert series on Noisey.com. This once in a life time show was beamed to fans live around the world. Leading up to the event fans took to Facebook and Twitter to call the shots, including voting on a never-before-released remix Theophilus would premiere during his set. The winner was “I Stand Alone (Gigamesh Sunlight Remix).” To watch the Director’s Cut of Special Engagements with Theophilus London go to: http://www.Noisey.com/SpecialEngagements

 Upcoming Tour Dates:

09/12 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues (w/Lupe Fiasco)

09/16 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits (12:3pm set time)

09/16 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside w/Twin Shadow (Official ACL Afterparty)

09/21 – Johannesburg, RSA @ Alex Theatre

09/24 – Johannesburg, RSA @ The Gearbox

09/30 – Marseille, FRA @ Festival Marsatac

10/03 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (Headlining)

* = w/Friendly Fires

10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft *

10/08 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *

10/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *

10/12 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre *

10/14 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse *

10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia *

10/17 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (Headlining)

10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *

10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune *

10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickashaw Shop (Popscene)

10/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (Headlining)

10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *

10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *

10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

10/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *

10/27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *

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Check ‘Em Out: Strange Talk

The Australian band Strange Talk has been climbing the Hype Machine charts lately with “Climbing Walls”. They now released a video for their other signature track “Eskimo Boy” of their Strange Talk EP, which was released on Neon Gold on May 2nd.

The video for “Eskimo Boy” was first premiered by UK’s Dazed & Confused.

Download: “Climbing Walls”

Download: “Eskimo Boy” (Lightwaves Remix)

Download: “Eskimo Boy” (Vanguard Remix)

The last few months have seen Strange Talk flex their musical muscle as a live act, honing their show opening for the likes of The Rapture, Neon Indian and Marina and The Diamonds. Coming off like the perfect hybrid of Friendly Fires and Phoenix with a bit of that Down Under electro touch thrown in for good measure, Strange Talk are one of the most polished and exciting new acts to emerge. Fully equipped with an arsenal of stadium-ready anthems, “Climbing Walls” is all shimmering synths, cascading bass surges and expert delay pedal use, while next single “Eskimo Boy” shines as the bands flagship anthem, churning synths and heavy basslines slowly building up to the kind of dancefloor-swallowing breakdown Neon Gold dreams are made of.

The Strange Talk EP is available for HERE from the Neon Gold website.

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Newest Love: Strange Talk (+ free download!)

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The latest band that gets the hot Neon Gold label treatment is Australia’s Strange Talk, who will be releasing their Strange Talk EP on May 2nd. This EP marks Neon Gold’s first ever vinyl and CD release (to this point there have only been vinyl Neon Gold releases). The last few months have seen Strange Talk flex their musical muscle as a live act, honing their show opening for the likes of The Rapture, Neon Indian and Marina and The Diamonds.

Coming off like the perfect hybrid of Friendly Fires and Phoenix with a bit of that Down Under electro touch thrown in for good measure, Strange Talk are one of the most polished and exciting new acts to emerge. Fully equipped with an arsenal of stadium-ready anthems, “Climbing Walls” is all shimmering synths, cascading bass surges and expert delay pedal use, while next single “Eskimo Boy” shines as the bands flagship anthem, churning synths and heavy basslines slowly building up to the kind of dancefloor-swallowing breakdown Neon Gold dreams are made of. Elsewhere, “Is It Real” and “We Can Pretend” beg to be blasted with the top down on the open roads of summer as producer Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party), earns his 2011 Music Producers’ Guild Breakthrough Producer of the Year award with some of his finest work yet.

The Strange Talk EP is available for preorder from the Neon Gold website now for delivery on or around May 2nd.

Download: Strange Talk – “Climbing Walls”

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Friendly Fires vs. Holy Ghost!

It started off as a drunken conversation at Corsica’s Calvi Rocks festival in July 2009. Friendly Fires had just played live, Holy Ghost had just finished DJing, and in the post-gig haze the decision was made by each band to cover one of the other’s songs.

Click here to hear what Stereogum calls a “shimmery disco-dusted electro anthem!”

The following download list will be available March 8, 2010:

1. Friendly Fires – Hold On
2. Friendly Fires – Hold On (Instrumental)
3. Holy Ghost – On Board
4. Holy Ghost – On Board (Instrumental)
5. Holy Ghost – On Board (Dub)

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