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Must Listen: Tall Heights – “Infrared”

Photo credit: Samantha Casolari

Photo credit: Samantha Casolari

Right around a month ago, I posted a track from Tall Heights called “River Wider” (check it here), and now we’ve got another new track from them called “Infrared”. And again….I gotta say, this one is even better! They just keep getting better!

Interview Magazine premiered the track yesterday —- and you HAVE to go check it out. Their debut major label album, Neptune, will be out August 19th via Sony Music Masterworks.

Interview Magazine’s premiere of “Infrared” 

Also, here’s a video of “Spirit Cold” live, for your listening and viewing pleasure.

Tour Dates

8/20: Schwenksville, PA @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
8/27: Hunter, NY @ Doctorow Center for the Arts
9/14: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
9/15: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
9/17: Ashland, OR @ Brickroom
9/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
9/29: Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/30: Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/5: Washington, DC @ DC9
10/6: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/15: Portsmouth, NH @ Word Barn
10/20: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
10/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
10/22: Cedar Rapids, IA @ CSPS Hall
10/23: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
10/27: Goshen, IN @ Ignition Garage
12/16: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
12/18: Albany, NY @ The Egg

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Video: Angus & Julia Stone – “Grizzly Bear”

Angus & Julia Stone

“…what if Neil Young and Stevie Nicks were in the same band?” – Herald Sun

“Australian siblings Angus & Julia Stone consistently put out spectacular recordings…” – KCRW

“The whole thing is heart-breakingly beautiful and brilliantly recorded…” – BBC

“Angus & Julia Stone, the sibling darlings of the indie folk scene” – The Australian

“You know when a band you’ve dismissed utterly blindsides you? Cue a belated crush on this brother-sister duo… this album is the best thing this band have ever done” – The Guardian (UK)

“It goes without saying that if the renowned, elusive music producer and Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Rubin gets excited about someone, they’re probably destined for great things.” – The New York Times

“… a self-titled album brimming with sunny harmonies that will transport you to the idyllic shores of Australia’s northeastern coast – or at least to California.” – Details Magazine (US)

“Angus & Julia Stone reunite for a self-titled new album full of their signature moody grooves…” – Elle Magazine (US)

“…despite their best efforts, the universe – or rather, Rick Rubin – conspired to bring Angus & Julia together again.” – Interview Magazine

“Angus and Julia are truly unique musicians.  They are authentic and pure people who do things from the heart.”  — Rick Rubin

Angus and Julia Stone

Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone released their highly anticipated full-length album Angus & Julia Stone on August 1st via American Recordings. The Rick Rubin produced full-length, which has already hit #1 in France, New Zealand, Switzerland and Australia, is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and in all good records stores worldwide.

In support of their highly anticipated album release, the band recently premiered a new video for their single “A Heartbreak” with The New York Times and now reveal a brand new official video for their track “Grizzly Bear,” also taken from their Angus & Julia Stone album.

Currently on a worldwide tour that has taken them across Europe and now on the road Down-under, the siblings will be making a welcomed return to North American shores this fall where they’ll kick things off on their sold out tour which starts on October 6th at the House of Blues in San Diego, California, winding through the mid-west, north and ending on the east-coast.

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Check ‘Em Out: The Hunts

The Hunts

Cherrytree Records and Interscope Records are pleased to announce that they have signed seven-piece sibling band The Hunts to their roster and have released the group’s major-label debut EP, Life Was Simple. In addition, a video for The Hunts’ current single, “Make This Leap,” premieres today.

The pastoral video for “Make This Leap” was shot in The Hunts’ hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, with a few moments filmed on the family’s actual property. It was directed by Michelle Peerali, who has collaborated with such artists as The Kills, The Cult, The Black Keys, Pyyramids, and Moby. The idyllic location settings beautifully capture the band’s harmony-laced take on alt-folk that’s both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal.

The Hunts have been playing music together almost their entire lives. Ranging from ages 16 to 24, twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison all learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much of their childhood performing throughout their community. After teaching themselves to play instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums, The Hunts began experimenting with songwriting and soon brought to life a batch of songs that reveal their sophisticated sense of melody and dreamy innocence.

Lead single “Make This Leap” is a lilting piece of indie- folk built on layered harmonies, intricately textured acoustic instrumentation, and lyrics that gracefully shift from melancholy to triumphant. With Josh and Jenni taking turns as lead vocalist, The Hunts sustain that dynamic throughout Life Was Simple, often turning their shared memories into songs that capture heartache and wonder with a wide-eyed but wistful elegance.

“Growing up the way we did, we had to learn to make do with what we had, so the stories from that time are incredibly special to us,” says Jessi, who explains that all seven members of The Hunts write each song together. “A lot of the time we write about what we remember from being young — the things we went through that have drawn us together and stuck in our hearts and really made us who we are.”

The Hunts will hit the road for a U.S. tour in September. All upcoming dates are below.

  • 08/23 Wilson, NC                            Barton College
  • 08/29 Norfolk, VA                            Virginia Wesleyan College–Batten Lawn
  • 09/09 Vienna, VA                           Jammin’ Java
  • 09/10 Pittsburgh, PA                      Hard Rock Cafe
  • 09/12 South Burlington, VT          Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
  • 09/13 Boston, MA                           Cafe 939 at Berklee
  • 09/15 New York, NY                       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • 09/16 Malvern, PA                          General Wayne E.S.
  • 09/17 Philadelphia, PA                  World Cafe Live
  • 09/17 Malvern, PA                          Charlestown E.S.
  • 09/18 Carrboro, NC                        Cat’s Cradle – Back Room
  • 09/19 Highland Springs, VA         Henrico Theatre
  • 09/20 Rock Island, IL                      Centennial Hall–Augustana College
  • 09/21 Chicago, IL                            Schubas Tavern
  • 09/23 Columbus, OH                     Rumba Cafe
  • 09/24 Nashville, TN                        High Watt
  • 09/26 Houston, TX                          McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
  • 09/27 Dallas, TX                              Index Festival
  • 09/29 Athens, GA                           Georgia Theatre–Rooftop
  • 09/30 Atlanta, GA                            Vinyl
  • 10/03 Georgetown, TX                   The Cove/Southwestern
  • 10/04 Austin, TX                             Austin City Limits
  • 10/08  Pineville, LA                        Louisana College-outdoor open field
  • 10/10 Montgomery, AL                   Faulkner University
  • 10/11 Roswell, GA                          Roswell Cultural Arts Center
  • 10/17 Madison, WI                          Capitol Theater
  • 10/18 Chippewa Falls, WI             Heyde Center for the Arts
  • 10/19 Spirit Lake, IA                       Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts
  • 10/22 Fulton, MO                            William Woods University
  • 10/24 Brussels, WI                          Southern Door Community Auditorium
  • 10/26 Batavia, IL                             Batavia Fine Arts Centre
  • 10/28 Searcy, AR                            Harding University
  • 11/07 Henderson, TN                     Freed-Hardeman University
  • 11/08 Memphis, TN                        Buckman Performing Arts Center

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Setting Sun – “Driving”

‘Driving’ by Setting Sun

Here’s the new video from Setting Sun, aka prolific songwriter Gary Levitt, in anticipation of the upcoming release of Fantasurreal on June 1. Set to Levitt’s bouncy indie folk and animated by artist Charles Pieper, the video pays tribute to ’90s independent animation, a la MTV’s iconic “Liquid Television” series. Watching the Pieper’s trippy claymation interspersed between shots of Levitt, it’s hard not to expect early Mike Judge and “Æon Flux” shorts to follow.

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