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New Listen: The M Machine – “Superflat”


Listen: The M Machine – Superflat


1/23/2014 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

1/25/2014 –  Orlando, FL – Roxy Nightclub

1/31/2014 – Austin, TX – Republic Live

2/1/2014 – El Paso, TX – Plum (DJ Set)

2/7/2014 – San Francisco, CA – 1015 Folsom

2/14/2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon

2/15/2014 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

2/22/2014 – New York, NY – Slake

2/28/2014 – Kelowna, BC – Flashbacks (DJ Set)

3/5/2014 – Portland, OR – Whiskey Bar


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New Music: Milagres – “Jeweled Cave”


Following their critically acclaimed 2011 debut LP, Glowing Mouth, Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres have just announced the release of their sophomore full-length album,Violent Light, on February 25th via Kill Rock Stars in the US (2/24 via Memphis Industries in the UK). Channeling influences as diverse as Al Green, Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush, Violent Light finds the band exploring the connection between ancient humanity & the advanced science of the present day.

Milagres fill Violent Light with richness and delicacy. Combining “a David Bowie-like theatricality with a sprawling prog groove.” (SPIN), The Letterbomb” is a fuzzy, funked-up track that launches into a flurry of driving guitars, experiments using vocals as percussion. Psych-pop album cut “Jeweled Cave” immediately bursts open with bouncing synths and a driving bassline setting the stage for Kyle Wilson’s irresistible vocals.

artworks-000067566768-fyxko0-t500x500Listen: Milagres – “Jeweled Cave”

Milagres consists of Kyle Wilson, Fraser McCulloch, Chris Brazee & Paul Payabyab. The follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 debut album, Milagres latest effort was produced by Fraser McCulloch and applies their unique writing style & self reflection in the modern world. Violent Light introduces a darker, harder sound for the group, ranging across styles from dream pop to funky classic rock.

Milagres on tour!

2/25: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
2/26: New Haven, CT @ BAR
2/27: Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub
3/1: Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy Philly
3/6: Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
3/12-15: SXSW
3/17: Scottsdale, AZ @ The Western
3/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
3/21: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
3/23: Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
3/25: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
3/26: Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
4/2: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

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Check ‘Em Out: Black Taxi


“Blending 80′s art-rock, synth-pop, and a straight up indie rock chug, the band pours these genres together into a giant boiling cauldron of influences and come away with something that takes the best of each and leaves the rest to die by the wayside…” – Beats Per Minute


Click to check out the EP

Click to check out the EP


1. The Runner
2. Gone
3. Can’t Stop Shaking
4. House On Fire [Bonus Track]
5. House On Fire (SoundSAM Remix)
6. Can’t Stop Shaking (Soul Puncherz Remix)


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New Music From The Rebel Light


The Rebel Light has a brand new song called “Jukebox Dream” and here’s what they had to say about it:

“It has a fun summer throw back vintage vibe to it.  We did all the recording ourselves in our house, instruments in the living room, vocals in the kitchen and we are really happy with the way it turned out.”

Listen: The Rebel Light – “Jukebox Dream”

Check out my past post on the band here.

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Brand New: The Presets – “Youth in Trouble”

“Youth In Trouble”  is the first taste of new music to come from The Presets in over four years. The track is a never-ending, undulating slice of face-melting techno. Their new album, Pacifica, is due out in September on Casablanca. After several teasers, the band has also premiered of the full video for “Youth In Trouble”, a crazy kaleidoscopic pixilated rollercoaster created by New York based visual artist Yoshi Sodeoka.

The Presets are also releasing remixes of “Youth In Trouble” by Green Velvet, Alex Metric, plus The Finger Prince & Light Year.  Featuring ten prismatic, synth-laced songs, Pacifica sees The Presets boldly venture into new, uncharted musical territories. Traversing both light and shade in energy and emotion, the album was produced by the band – Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes – and mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer.

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Newest Love: Holy Esque

Scottish Indie rock band Holy Esque has announced plans to release their self-titled debut EP on April 23.  The EP will be available digitally on iTunes and on CD at upcoming shows.

Listen to the new track “Rose” streaming now here.

The young Holy Esque, whose members range from 19 to 20 years old, formed in early 2011 in Glasgow and consists of Pat Hynes (vocals/guitar), Keir Reid (keys), Hugo McGinley (guitar) and Ralph McClure (drums).   The band began playing shows throughout the UK in less than six months of their inception.  After posting a few demos online, word spread rapidly about the enigmatic band’s intense sonic morass of distortion and atmospheric soundscapes, landing them coverage on numerous blogs and NME’s prestigious “Radar,” who said “HE really benefit from that everything up to ten factor, but also know their way around a riff that kinda sounds like classic Bunnymen played by James Dean Bradfield….you’ll be needing to play this loud.”
In early 2012, Holy Esque entered the DIY Pink Megic Studios built in a flat in the Southside of Glasgow with producer Kevin Burleigh (Glasvegas, Simple Minds, Supernaturals) to record their debut self-titled debut.  Armed with big riffs, thick crunchy bass lines and perhaps one of the most unique, yearning vocals heard in years, Holy Esque meld post-punk and 90’s alternative rock influences with skillful ability on their debut.  Featuring driving indie rock anthems like “Rose” and “Ladybird Love,” the EP is an incredible introduction to Glasgow’s most promising new band.

Holy Esque EP Track Listing:
1.    Ladybird Love
2.    Rose
3.    Loneliest Loneliness
4.    Prophet of Privilege

Holy Esque Tour Dates:
April 20 – Glenrothes, UK – The Greenside
April 25 – Leeds, UK – Nation of Shopkeepers
April 26 – Stoke, UK – Fat Cats
April 27 – London, UK – Camden Barfly
April 28 – London, UK – Old Blue Last
May 4 – Dundee, UK – The Doghouse
May 5 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo

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BRAND NEW: Silversun Pickups – “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)”

Dangerbird Records and MapleMusic Recordings are excited to announce the release of the new record by the Grammy-nominated Silversun Pickups, Neck of the Woods, on May 8. The record was produced by the Grammy Award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, REM, Snow Patrol), and the song “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” is the first single. The band is confirmed to perform from the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage on release day, May 8.

Lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert told Spin magazine that the songs sound “like a horror movie.” He continued, “[2009’s] Swoon was more about what I was feeling at that particular time, whereas with this one, I wanted to see what built me. It was learning why I am the way I am.” When discussing the sound of Neck of the Woods, Aubert told Spin that drummer Christopher Guanlao steals the show. “We really wanted to play with drums as textures. We played around with drums coming in here and there and building atmosphere, which guitars usually do.” But he went on to joke, “I’m not going to let the others have all the fun. It’s still a rock record. We wanted to have moments of explosions like we’ve done in the past, but we didn’t want them to carry the whole song. There’s something a little bit psychotic sounding that we really like and we didn’t want to fill it entirely with big guitars.”

The band will be touring throughout 2012 and 2013.

Listen: Silversun Pickups – Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)

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New Music: Liz Green – “Hey Joe”

Liz is a 28-year-old songwriter from the UK. She first came to prominence in 2007 after winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. She followed up winning that prize with the release of her first single “Bad Medicine” in 2008. O. Devotion! is Liz’s first full-length since then, which she recorded with Liam Watson. She also enlisted a New Orleans brass band to create the woozy, brassy arrangements that appear on the album.

Listen/download: Liz Green – “Hey Joe”

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New Music: AVAN LAVA

The new AVAN LAVA EP Flex Fantasy shows the band in a more high-energy and dance light in contrast to the shoe-gaze chillwave style of their 2010 debut EP Vapors. The self-released six-song EP, mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling, with the first single “It’s Never Over” and highlights “Slow Motion”and “Feels Good” will be available on February 21st. After a sold out Mercury Lounge show, AVAN LAVA added more shows quickly, with 2/11 at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn and 2/25 at Mercury Lounge to preview their EP and before traveling down to Austin for their first ever SXSW Festival in March. Their show has been described as “a trippy MTV Europe Music Awards performance” with energetic sing-along pop tracks and slow R&B-Prince swooners, all while the band’s moves are choreographed by TC and Vanessa Walters (Fischerspooner).

AVAN LAVA have worked as producers, composers and mixers for recorded works and live performances with bands such as Cold Cave, Fischerspooner, CSS, Frankie Rose, SSION, Lemonade, Lia Ices and the prestigious The New York Philharmonic, and have created remixes for R.E.M., Passion Pit and New Villager among others. The band began as a conversation between producers/musicians Le Chev and Ian Pai during an overnight bus ride after performing at the Sao Paulo Bienal with Fischerspooner, a band with which both still work and perform.  That night in the fall of 2008, en route to Rio de Janeiro, Le Chev and Ian shared their love of Prince, Daft Punk, electronic beats, R & B, and indie music and contemplated how those things could all be melded into one sound, one band.  A few months later, back in New York, while at a reading of “The Last Goodbye”, a musical adaptation of Romeo & Juliet set to the music of Jeff Buckley, they discovered vocalist TC.  They knew that they had found the perfect vocalist for their new band the moment he sung the first words of “Corpus Christi Carol.”

AVAN LAVA is singer TC and producers/musicians Le Chev and Ian Pai. Their live performances are with the help of musicians, vocalists and technicians Andrew Schneider (The Wooster Group), Drew Citron and Jo Lampert.

It was like if Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, and the Spice Girls all came together and decided to have a sing/dance off.”Charged.fm

Listen/Download: AVAN LAVA – “It’s Never Over”

AVAN LAVA – Flex Fantasy EP track listing

01.  Tear it Down

02.  It’s Never Over

03.  Pure As Love

04.  Slow Motion

05.  Sisters

06.  Feels Good

Click here to listen to the Flex Fantasy EP Minimix

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Let’s Try Scuba Diving

As he gets ready to put on an unforgettable performance of his album Lillian at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on October 25th, Ben Lear is sharing a free mp3 of one of its tracks, “Scuba Lessons.”

Lillian is a compelling tale of love, loss, and an underwater adventure with sea creatures and an island made of floating trash.  An activist who has performed at events for the United Nations and TEDx, Lear was inspired to make Lillian a parable about pollution in our oceans after learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a giant gyre of plastic bottles, tires, and other debris floating in the ocean between California and Japan.  Activism runs in the Lear family, as Ben is the son of activist and TV legend, writer/producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son).

The October 25th performance of Lillian will bring Lear’s vivid story to life with an ambitious staging that includes plastic bottle light sculptures (designed and built by Ben himself), costumes, a 15-piece band and orchestra, gospel choir, and projected animation.

Click here to watch Ben construct Lillian light sculptures for NYC show

Lillian is the story of a young man kept awake by the fear that he’s watching his lover, who sleeps soundly in bed, drift away from him, becoming one of the many things he’s lost in his life.  He determines that all the things we lose in our lives end up in an island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean.  And, in a desperate attempt to reclaim these things, he sets off on a scuba-diving journey to that island.

Lear elaborates, “During ‘Scuba Lessons,’ the diver remembers when he and Lillian learned to dive on a family trip to Hawaii.  It’s a bit of an aha moment when he realizes that’s how he’ll rescue her from sea, by diving to the Garbage Patch.”

Download: Ben Lear – “Scuba Diving”

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