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Free Download: Gypsy & The Cat – “Lost Control”

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Listen + download: Gypsy & The Cat – “Lost Control”

Gypsy & The Cat are off in their studio world recording a new album right now, but have turned down the moogs and the mood lighting just long enough to let go of their first musical tease. Premiering on the trailblazing US-based blog Neon Gold, the new song “Lost Control” pays homage to a 90s french sound that originally birthed them as a band.

The contorted bass line of “Lost Control” comes as an provocative reminder of the musical journey of Gypsy & the Cat which includes tracks “Jona Vark”, “Time To Wander”, “Pipers Song”, “Sorry & Bloom”.

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Video: Cathedrals – “Unbound”

Check out the video for Cathedrals’ “Unbound” which is a collaboration between the band, Maria Kochetkova who is the principal ballerina in the San Francisco ballet and The Sugar Cubes light sculpture (see piece on Discovery Channel). “Unbound” was directed by Sam Pressman and the cinematographer Isaac Bauman (John Legend, Sam Smith, Drake, The Presets and Blood Orange).

 “The intimacy of the lovers is the ground, the base emotion of the song – the light cubes are the rhythm, continuous in every shot of the video they remind that everyone herein is coexisting even if we so often feel separate – Maria is the spirit, up and down, dancing our worlds together – and Cathedrals are our storytellers mirroring the struggle of the lovers to find each other. ” – director Sam Pressman in FADER

Later this month, the San Francisco duo will play their first ever East Coast show at Neon Gold’s New Shapes CMJ showcase on October 23rd. Don’t miss the band live — information HERE.

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Listen: Cathedrals – “OOO AAA”

Listen: Cathedrals – “Harlem”

Cathedrals – Cathedrals EP (out 9/8 on Neon Gold – smarturl.it/CathedralsEP):

01. Harlem
02. In The Dark
03. OOO AAA
04. Unbound
05. Want My Love

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Video: Charli XCX – “Break The Rules”

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“Charli XCX and her pop-perfect hooks have been just a little busy for the past two years, propelling artists like Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea up the charts. Now, after the success of “I Love It” and “Fancy,” it’s Charli’s turn to do some hit-making of her own.” —USA TODAY

“If her new song is any indication, ‘Sucker’ could be the British star’s breakout album that ushers her proper arrival.” THE FADER

If Charli XCX’s 2014 had ended yesterday it would have been an unequivocally successful year for the singer/songwriter, but there’s still three and a half months to go, and today, Charli put another notch in the win column with the release of “Break the Rules” — one of the most straightforward songs she’s ever recorded, and one of the best. There’s some Joan Jett in here, and some Skrillex, and it’s fucking awesome. —STEREOGUM

Coming off an exciting weekend at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where the 22 year old singer + songwriter performed her smash single, “Boom Clap” during the pre-show and scored five nominations for her two summer hits (including “Fancy” which she co-wrote with Iggy Azalea); Charli XCX drops a new video for her latest single, “Break the Rules” arriving on her sophomore album, Sucker out October 21st via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records.  The video accompaniment for the sweet rebel anthem features cameos from Rose McGowan as well as gal-pal Kitten front-woman Chloe Chaidez, catch the prom scene here:

“I was inspired by movies like” Jawbreaker” and “Carrie” for the “Break the Rules” video. I never went to prom when I was at school so this was kind of me living out my weird fantasy of what prom would be like in my head. I asked Rose McGowan to be in the video and I never ever thought she would say yes, but she did… so she came to prom too… And she trashed it ;)”

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Over the last 18 months Charli’s rise to international pop stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. From releasing her dark-pop record True Romance in 2013 to a wealth of critical acclaim, Charli has toured the globe with the likes of Coldplay and Ellie Goulding, written and featured on one of 2013’s biggest hits “I Love It” with Swedish duo Icona Pop, co-written and featured on the global, four million-selling hit “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, scored a UK and US Top 10 hit with “Boom Clap” + more.

Boom Clap,” “Fancy” and “I Love It” combined have sold over 14 Million copies worldwide.

North American Headline Tour Dates

  • September 26th – Orlando, FL @ The Social (TICKETS)
  • September 27th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room (TICKETS)
  • September 29th – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live (TICKETS)
  • September 30th – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (TICKETS)
  • October 2nd – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (TICKETS)
  • October 3rd – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts (TICKETS)
  • October 4th – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston (TICKETS)
  • October 7th – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (TICKETS)
  • October 9th – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre (TICKETS)
  • October 10th – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton (TICKETS)
  • October 11th – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall  (TICKETS)
  • October 13th – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (TICKETS)
  • October 14th – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room (TICKETS)
  • October 16th – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs  (TICKETS)
  • October 17th – Austin, TX @ Emo’s (TICKETS)
  • October 18th – Dallas, TX @ Trees (TICKETS)
  • October 20th – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom (TICKETS)
  • October 21st – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues  (TICKETS)
  • October 24th – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre (TICKETS)
  • October 25th – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s (TICKETS)

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Video: Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”

“’Boom Clap’ is a magical song to me. It celebrates epic love. I want people to dance and cry to it, and scream it at the top of their lungs.” — Charli XCX

London-based singer/songwriter Charli XCX delivers a new video for her single, “Boom Clap” off the highly anticipated ‘The Fault in Our Stars: Music From the Motion Picture’ soundtrack, for sale via Atlantic Records.

The official video was shot in Amsterdam and sees Charli explore the same spots as featured in film, an adaptation to the best-selling novel by John Green, set to be one of this year’s biggest blockbusters this year—hitting cinemas nationwide this Friday, June 6th.

The 21 year-old, Charli XCX, is responsible for writing the current #1 smash single, “Fancy” (with Iggy Azalea), which currently tops Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and is leading on Spotify and Shazam. Since its release, Charli has performed “Fancy” at this year’s mtvU Woodie Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live! as well as the recent season finale of Dancing with the Stars.

Charli XCX is quickly proving an unqualified phenomenon with her edgy, yet addictive approach. Since her first critically-acclaimed track, “Nuclear Seasons” in 2011, Charlotte has released a plethora of singles, mixtapes, and psychedelic pop culture collage videos.

Additionally, she penned last year’s summer it-song, “I Love It” recorded by Icona Pop, which has surpassed 6 Million global sales and is certified double platinum in the US certification. Charli is Sesac Writer of the Year’ 2014.

Currently in the studio working on new material for her second album, which is set to release later this year on Neon Gold/Atlantic Records; a follow up to her debut LP, “True Romance” (IAMSOUND), which landed Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” status and one of Rolling Stone’s “hottest synth-pop acts.

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News From The Griswolds

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Sydney sweethearts, The Griswoldsjust put the finishing touches on their highly anticipated debut album with Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Beck). Their first single will be “Beware The Dog.” “This is the first song Dan and I ever wrote together. It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey – the good and the bad times,” said Christopher Whitehall.

Last year The Griswolds released their infectious four-song Heart of a Lion EP and upon the release of its first single, “Heart of a Lion,” it was immediately added into high rotation in Australia on triple j radio and was one of the station’s most played tracks of the year. The international airwaves were quick to take notice with the song attracting airplay in over 20 countries worldwide and it also reached #3 on the radio airplay charts in The Netherlands via tastemaker station 3FM and was an iTunes single of the week in the region.

Stateside, the release had critics and fans buzzing alike not only with the songs themselves but with their creative videos which all had noteworthy premieres – “Mississippi” was featured on MTV Buzzworthy and I posted about it HERE; the visualizer for the Magic Man remix of the song premiered on Neon Gold, and “The Courtship of Summer Preasley” premiered with Musically Amusing HERE.

The Griswolds just wrapped a tour in Australia with St. Lucia which had one of Australia’s leading music blogs, Tone Deaf boasting that they, “…put on an incredible support set that could have easily been redefined as a co-headline spot. The quintet oozed tropical flamboyance and Aussie ambience, and brought with them a euphoric lasso that hooked audiences from the get-go…‘Beware Of The Dog’, showcased the band’s impressive harmonies and raw heavy percussion, giving the song an infectious live presence that, in hindsight, rivaled many of the headliner’s moments.”

They also came off some great shows at SXSW to packed houses and rave reviews including making many best of lists such as, The Huffington Post naming them as “30 SXSW Acts About to Break,” The Atlantic “18 Bands to Check Out From South by Southwest 2014,”Buzzfeed “50 Acts You Need To Hear,” AU Review naming the band as “Best Australian Artist at SXSW: The Griswolds” and Reverb naming them in their “The best shows at SXSW 2014” list.

The Griswolds will be playing shows throughout the rest of the year including Bonnaroo and Firefly as well as select dates with Gemini Club.  More dates will be announced soon.

The Griswolds are also currently running a Pledge Music pre-order campaign which gives fans access to exclusive updates and content from the band, plus options for unique merchandise and experiences bundled with an album pre-order.  A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the ASPCA / RSCPA.  Get more information here:http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thegriswolds

The Griswolds are Christopher Whitehall (Vocals), Daniel Duque-Perez (Guitars), Lachlan West (Keyboard / Percussion) and Tim John (Bass).

TOUR DATES (MORE DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON):
6/13/14 to 6/15/14 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
6/17/14 –Great Scott – Allston, MA – w/Gemini Club
6/18/14 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY – w/Gemini Club
6/19/14 to 6/22/14 – Firefly – Dover, DE
6/19/14 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC – w/Gemini Club
6/20/14 – Boot and Saddle – Philadelphia, PA – w/Gemini Club
6/24/14 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA – w/Gemini Club
6/25/14 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH – w/Gemini Club
6/27/14 – DO 317 – Indianapolis, IN – w/Gemini Club

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FULL TRACK: The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Sleepwalking”

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The Chain Gang of 1974, the moniker of genre-jumping singer & multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager, is making headlines with his enthralling new single “Sleepwalking” which is featured on the new television commercial for Grand Theft Auto V. The commercial has been in constant rotation since its debut earlier this month during a new episode of “Breaking Bad,” and the song is the most popular on Grand Theft Auto V’s soundtrack, on sale now at iTunes. “Sleepwalking” is the first single from The Chain Gang of 1974’s highly anticipated sophomore LP Daydream Forever, which is due out February 4 on Warner Bros Records.

The Chain Gang of 1974 just finished a run of West Coast dates with The Vaccines, and is gearing up for a week-long trek with Sir Sly, kicking off October 8 in San Francisco. See below for details.

Daydream Forever was produced by Isom Innis (Foster The People), with additional production and mixing from Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix). Earlier this summer, Neon Gold unveiled a first look at the new album, by premiering the song “Miko.” Watch the official lyric video for it below:

The new album is the anticipated follow-up to The Chain Gang of 1974’s widely acclaimed 2011 debut Wayward Fire, which Esquire declared “one of the summer’s most surprisingly fantastic new records,” and earned similar praise from the likes of SPIN, MTV, FADERNYLONRCRD LBL and more. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Foster the People, Big Audio Dynamite, Tapes N Tapes, and The Naked and Famous, as well as a lauded performance at 2011’s Lollapalooza, which Yahoo proclaimed “a fabulous onstage display.”

THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 TOUR DATES:

  • September 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
  • September 28 – San Diego, CA @ The Griffin
  • October 8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 12 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 15 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (w/ Sir Sly)

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Brand New: The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Miko”

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The dog days of summer call for a brand new song from The Chain Gang of 1974. The sun soaked vibes of “Miko,” which premiered with Neon Gold yesterday, is the first new offering TCGO1974 has released since 2011 and will be on their upcoming sophomore album.

“‘Miko,’ the barnstorming first taste of [the] next record opens innocently enough, like a waxing moonbeam of meditative pop, unfolding with relaxed candor…But then things go haywire as it slides into hyperdrive, taking off on the pestilent wings of Isom Innis’ studio magic as the Foster The People jack-of-all-tradesman turns in one of his finest production efforts yet. Buckle up and take flight.” says Neon Gold.

“Miko” is the first new track from the The Chain Gang of 1974’s sophomore LP due out in 2014 – the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut Wayward Fire. The Chain Gang of 1974 is the moniker of genre-jumping singer/multi-instrumentalist, Kamtin Mohager. Since moving from his hometown of Denver to Los Angeles three years ago, in the midst of recording Wayward Fire, Kamtin has now become one with the elements of Southern California. His upcoming album is indicative of his free spirited lifestyle. The upcoming album was produced by Isom Innis (Foster The People) with additional help from Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix and Silversun Pickups, among many more).

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Smallpools Tour Dates

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Photo credit: Dan Monick

Smallpools is a four-piece outfit founded in Los Angeles with ties to New York, New Jersey and Oregon. Today they’re announcing their first ever live shows, a tour with Australia’s San Cisco that will take them from the East Coast to Canada, through the Mid West and San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles. The brand new band consists of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums).

Their first single “Dreaming” was produced by Captain Cuts. The song instantly shot to #1 of Hype Machine within the first 3 days of revealing. The band explains the song: “In contrast to the upbeat vibe of the music, the song talks about a moment where everything goes wrong in a situation where you thought you had it all figured out. A moment we’ve all experienced to some degree, but most often if we’re lucky, in a dream where we get to wake up in a sweat and say, “Phewf, ok, that wasn’t real.” “

Listen/download: Smallpools – “Dreaming”

Smallpools live dates:
* / w San Cisco
7/15 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
7/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
7/18 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
7/19 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall *
7/20 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall *
7/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
7/23 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall *
7/24 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Garrison *
7/26 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
7/27 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
7/28 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
7/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *
7/31 – Minneapolis, MN @Triple Rock Social Club *
8/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
8/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *
8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *

“”Dreaming” is alt radio gold with extreme crossover potential, the kind of song that only comes along a few times a year, and rarely on a debut single.” – Neon Gold

“Ladies and gentleman, your summer anthem has arrived.” – Pigeons & Planes

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Atlas Genius Touring With Silversun Pickups in September

Atlas Genius will join Silversun Pickups on tour this fall. The run kicks off on September 4th at Malkin Bowl in Vancouver, BC and will include shows at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA (9/13) and Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom (9/21).

Prior to the dates with Silversun Pickups, the Adelaide, Australia-based band will embark on its first-ever U.S. tour, performing at the CD101 Summerfest at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH on August 11 and then making its way west. Atlas Genius will play a series of dates with Animal Kingdom and wrap up the tour with radio shows in Seattle and Portland. See below for itinerary. Fans can purchase tickets and share with their friends HERE.

“Trojans” also peaked at No. 1 on Hype Machine and the We Are Hunted “Emerging Artist” chart. Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang has just put his own unique spin on “Trojans,” with a remix that was recently premiered on Neon Gold. Neon Gold has also invited fans to put their own spin on “Trojans” themselves in the site’s first ever remix contest. Atlas Genius is currently hard at work in its home studio on its full-length debut album.

Atlas Genius – North American Tour Dates

August

  • 11 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion, CD101 Summerfest Radio Show
  • 12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
  • 13 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hills Duck Room
  • 17 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club w/Animal Kingdom
  • 22  – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s Night Club w/Animal Kingdom
  • 23  – San Francisco, CA @ Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop w/Animal Kingdom
  • 25 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park, KNDD The End Summercamp ’12 Radio Show
  • 28 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom, KNRK Radio Show

September

  • 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl w/Silversun Pickups
  • 6 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheater w/Silversun Pickups
  • 7 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre w/Silversun Pickups
  • 9 – Portland, OR @ Pioneer Courthouse Square w/Silversun Pickups
  • 10 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center w/Silversun Pickups
  • 12 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater w/Silversun Pickups
  • 13 – Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium w/Silversun Pickups
  • 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rock The Green
  • 17 – Papillion, NE @ Sumtur Amphitheatre w/Silversun Pickups
  • 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place w/Silversun Pickups
  • 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre w/Silversun Pickups
  • 21 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom w/Silversun Pickups

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Brand New: Atlas Genius – “Back Seat”

Listen to the brand new track “Back Seat” now!

The song “Trojans” by Atlas Genius has taken over our heads and our hearts over the past few months. Now, we’re finally getting more!

Listen: Atlas Genius – “Trojans”

The Adelaide, Australia-based indie band has signed with Warner Bros. Records, and will release its debut EP, Through The Glass, on June 12. The three-song collection will include Atlas Genius’ breakout hit “Trojans,” which had sold more than 45,000 downloads in the U.S. alone before the band was even signed. The band members are currently at work in their home studio on their full-length debut, which is due out this fall.

The band wasn’t in a rush to sign with a record label. In fact, it wasn’t until about a month after the Neon Gold blog post that they even realized that Atlas Genius’ inbox was full of inquiries fromlabels, publishers, lawyers, booking agents and management companies.

“We had begun to think that music was a pipedream and we had all gone back to university to pursue more realistic careers,” recalls vocalist/guitarist Keith. Buoyed by the outpouring of interest, the three brothers – Keith, Steven and Michael Jeffrey – quickly got back to writing and recording more songs.

NYLON praised Atlas Genius’ “double whammy of high-flying pop melodies and instantly catchy lyrics” and Billboard tipped the band as part of “The Next Wave” of up-and-coming alternative bands. The three-track Through The Glass – produced, engineered and mixed by the band in their home studio – captures Atlas Genius’ singular combination of sophisticated musicality and warm, wistful spirit. In addition to “Trojans,” it features the shimmering “Symptoms” and “Back Seat,” which blends its pulsing bass throb with a sweetly infectious beat and tender vocals that alternately soar and sigh.

Listen: Atlas Genius – “Back Seat”

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