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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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Greg Laswell Remakes His Own Songs AND Was Going To Be An Astronaut!

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, singer/songwriter Greg Laswell has penned a love letter of sorts to his fans with his forthcoming album I Was Going to Be an Astronaut to be released on February 11, 2014 and available for pre-order now. For this special 11-track collection, he’s re-made, re-imagined, and re-recorded some of his – and his fans – favorite songs throughout his career.

Laswell explains, “I’d been playing alternate versions of some of these songs at my shows over the past few years and every time people would come up afterwards and ask if there was ever going to be any recorded versions of those songs. It happened enough times that I decided to do it. Another reason for doing this is because when I slow down a song or sing it a different way than when originally recorded, the meaning tends to change.”

Fans will be thrilled to learn that the alternate versions of “How the Day Sounds” and “What a Day” are among the tracks included on the CD. The album also features a cover of Sparklehorse’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which Laswell says is his favorite song on the album. His favorite remake of his own, however, is the new version of “December,” which was a song that didn’t make his critically acclaimed debut, 2006‘s Through Toledo. Of all the tracks on the record, the artist says “December” and “How the Day Sounds” are the songs that changed the most from their original versions.

This collection wouldn’t be complete without one of his most popular songs, “Comes and Goes (In Waves),” which was his breakout hit from 2008’s Three Flights from Alto Nido. The single garnered more than 6 million plays on YouTube, 3 million Spotify streams, 100,000 digital downloads via SoundScan, and multiple placements in music and TV, including True Blood, NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy. Adding to his accolades is the fact that 100 new Greg Laswell stations are created every day on Pandora.

Of stripping “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” down for the album, Laswell says, “I was nervous about it. It was one of the first songs I tried to record and I couldn’t do it. I wanted to be mindful to not take away what people loved of the original. I tried to choose songs that I thought I could put a new spin on while not getting in the way of what I already did.”

Listen: Greg Laswell – “Comes and Goes In Waves” (2013 Remake)

As for the album’s curious title, I Was Going To Be an Astronaut, it’s Laswell’s favorite line from “December.” He explains the lyric’s significance to him: “It’s saying the more I try to plan for things, the more other things happen – personally and professionally. I feel like when I sing that song now it’s more of a celebration of that fact rather than the mystery of this crazy life that we’re all living. Whereas when I first wrote it, it was a little bit more out of despair. I really, really enjoyed coming back and doing that song from the perspective of where I am now,” he says.

I Was Going To Be an Astronaut Track Listing: 
1. I Don’t Believe It’s Through (2013 Remake)
2. It’s a Wonderful Life (Sparklehorse cover)
3. Comes and Goes (In Waves) (2013 Remake)
4. What a Day (2013 Remake)
5. How the Day Sounds (2013 Remake)
6. December (2013 Remake)
7. Off I Go (2013 Remake)
8. Take Everything (2013 Remake)
9. Embrace Me (2013 Remake)
10. High and Low (2013 Remake)
11. And Then You (2013 Remake)

Tour Dates: 
February 11th: LeStat’s / San Diego, CA
February 12th: Troubadour / Los Angeles, CA
February 14th: The Chapel/ San Francisco , CA
February 16th: Mississippi Studios / Portland, OR
February 17th: The Triple Door / Seattle, WA
February 21st: David Friend Recital Hall / Boston, MA
February 22nd: Johnny Brenda’s / Philadelphia, PA
February 27th: Joe’s Pub / New York, NY
February 28th: U Street Music Hall / Washington, DC
March 4th: Space / Chicago, IL

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Stream: Caught a Ghost – Nightworks

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Now, Nightworks, the debut EP from Caught A Ghost, is released today via +1 Records. As the songwriter, producer and lead singer of the band, Jesse Nolan is a devotee of music from bygone eras. With Caught a Ghost, he’s created a sound that eagerly expounds upon his affection for vintage soul, delta blues, and 90s rap alike.

The band has been producing and releasing content on music blogs and their social networks over the past few months. “Time Go” was premiered by Paste Magazine. “Hold Out” was featured here on Musically Amusing as well as on Rolling Stone, and the video premiered on NYLON. This week, the EP is being streamed on AOL Spinner.

As the band now releases their debut EP, they’ve already garnered over 500,000 YOUTUBE views.

The momentum has started to perk up people’s ears around the industry. “Time Go” was featured on the NBC’s SUITS, and “Connected” was featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Jessie Nolan describes the name of his band Caught A Ghost as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. “It’s an old expression” he says, “musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed.” It is this sort reverence for the music of bygone eras combined with Nolan’s musical dexterity that makes Caught A Ghost so unique, and on the cusp of something great.

Nightworks is the precursor to their debut album, due out Summer 2013 on +1 Records.

Stream: Caught a Ghost – Nightworks

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Download: Lucius – “Turn It Around” (Live version)

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luscious, leonine, ’60s-indebted indie-pop”SPIN

Since releasing their self-titled debut EP last year, NYC’s Lucius has toured with the likes of JD McPherson, Milo Greene, Pearl and the Beard and more, stopping to perform a breathtaking NPR “Tiny Desk Session” along the way. Fans will have more chances to experience the band’s intertwining vocals and lush, danceable instrumentation as they continue their US tour. Starting in Boston on Valentine’s Day, they will bring their explosive live show to SXSW eventually making a valiant return to NYC at Knitting Factory.

In celebration of it being featured on Grey’s Anatomy (first 2 minutes) last week, the band has released a special LIVE version of Lucius’ single “Turn It Around” as a free download.

Download: Lucius – “Turn It Around” (Live)

Lucius Headlining Tour Dates

2/14: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
2/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy *
2/16 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java *
2/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café *
2/18 Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Tavern
2/20: Mechanicsburg, PA @ Messiah College
2/21: Kingston, NY @BSP Lounge
2/22: Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space
2/23: Williamstown, MA @ The Log
3/13: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/14: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/15: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom #
3/19: Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater #
3/20: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt %
4/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

* co-headlining w/ Hannah Georgas
# supporting The Mowgli’s & Family of the Year
% supporting Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

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Newest Love: Caught a Ghost

Caught a Ghost is a new project from LA-based songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan, features a classic Motown and Stax sensibility mixed with modern samples, synths and beats. In its live incarnation, Caught A Ghost features an 8-piece band including a 3-piece horn section and visual projections tailor-made for each song.

Jesse describes the name of his band as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. “It’s an old expression” he says, “musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed.” It is this sort reverence for the music of bygone eras combined with his musical dexterity that makes Caught A Ghost so intriguing.

On and off the stage, Caught A Ghost is quickly gaining new fans. “Connected” recently premiered on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and My Old Kentucky Blog. “Time Go” was featured on the NBC show SUITS and by Paste Magazine. And “Hold Out” was praised by Rolling Stone and it’s music video by NYLON.

Nightworks, the debut EP from Caught A Ghost, will be released via +1 Records on February 12th, 2013.

Listen: Caught a Ghost – “Time Go”

Listen: Caught a Ghost – “Connected”

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Video: Eric Hutchinson – “Watching You Watch Him”

“Watching You Watch Him,” the first single from Eric Hutchinson’s upcoming album Moving Up Living Down, tied with Coldplay’s new single for Most Added in its first week at Triple A radio, where it has since rocketed into the Top 20. “Watching You Watch Him” is already Top 50 at the Hot AC format and was heard in the opening minutes of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy season premiere.

Fans who purchase the single on iTunes will instantly receive a free download of the teaser video for “Breakdown More.” Originally included on his independently released live EP Before I Sold Out, “Breakdown More” has been a fan favorite, so Hutchinson at last included it on Moving Up Living Down.

Hutchinson, a Warner Bros. Records artist, will kick off a headlining tour at Denver’s Bluebird Theatre on April 17th, coinciding with the release date of Moving Up Living Down. Moving Up Living Down is the follow-up to Hutchinson’s full-length debut album, Sounds Like This, which entered Billboard’s Heatseekers chart at No. 1 and featured the Triple A No. 1 singe “Rock & Roll.”

From its first single “Watching You Watch Him,” which Perezhilton.com likened to “a happier version of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You,'” to the reggae lilt of opener “Talk is Cheap,” and a smoking celebration of classic soul music entitled “The Basement,” Moving Up Living Down taps a spectrum of influences that includes Paul Simon, the Beatles, and Stevie Wonder and integrates them into a truly Hutchinsonian whole. Moving Up Living Down makes good on the promise of Sounds Like This, which Popmatters.com hailed as “refreshingly inventive and uniquely soulful” and The Washington Post praised for its “clever songs, quirky grooves.”

Hutchinson was selected as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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Newest Love: Mackintosh Braun

Check out the video for Mackintosh Braun’s “Could It Be” which was recently on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Mackintosh Braun is playing a show with OMD at The Music Box in Hollywood on March 29th. You gotta listen to MB’s remix of OMD’s “Save Me.” (Click here to listen.)

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Greg Laswell’s Cover of “Into the Mystic” Tonight on Grey’s Anatomy!

Greg Laswell will have his ninth song placement on ABC’s hit drama Grey’s Anatomy tonight with his previously unreleased version of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic.” (LOVE LOVE LOVE that song!!!) Laswell has already won over several of film and television’s top music supervisors, who have featured his songs in films such as Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister’s Keeper, and recent television placements in the season premieres of CBS’ NCIS and NBC’s Parenthood. “Into The Mystic” is available exclusively at iTunes. His third studio album, Take a Bow, is currently #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

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