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New Music From Night Riots – “On The Line”

 

“…brooding, restless, and totally infectious…with an added bonus of New Wave paranoia and perfectly layered, textured harmonies.” – MTV
“…urgent, cathartic new wavey bliss”– Billboard
“…they’ve fashioned the sound of urban desperados wandering rain-slickened streets, hearts playing tug-of-war with hope and despair.” – Buzzbands.la

 

Fresh off of a string of sold-out headlining shows in the UK, California new wave mainstays Night Riots are debuting “On The Line”. The Sirius XM and BBC favorites’ follow up to “Colour Morning,” which racked up over a million plays in just weeks, finds lead singer Travis Hawley demanding authenticity over a creeping, arpeggiating synth and pulsing drums, drawing sonic inspiration from the likes of Billy Idol and The Cure.

He recalls the scene that inspired the lyrics as well as the artwork: “I went to a party out in the country where we live in central California, on a ranch with two trailers on a hill overlooking the entire city – there is a tribe of girls who live there. They’re girls who shoot shotguns, ride horses and blast Kendrick Lamar at all hours of the day and night. In one of the bedrooms, there was a group of them, cast out on the bed like modern day Marie Antoinettes, laughing and passing around a blunt. It struck me because it wasn’t a performance, they weren’t trying to stand out or impress. There was a lawlessness and a realness that struck me. This is the modern youth, I believe this is the majority of people, not the sensationalized thing we see in entertainment right now where everything needs to be shocking and full octane. In these times, you can shut the real you out because you feel like you need to put on a show to stand out. To me, putting it all on the line is reconciling with who you are and putting it out to the world.” 

The band will be taking this new material and more on the road this summer for the headlining US-wide Dark Violet Tour, featuring indie pop favorites courtship. and LA’s Silent Rival. For dates, see below.

With the release of 2016’s Love Gloom LP, followed by “Colour Morning” and “On the Line,” Night Riots has garnered praise from the likes of KCRW, Huffington Post, NYLON, The AV Club, and more while performing with acts from Lana Del Rey, Cage the Elephant, Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness, K Flay, Phantogram, Walk the Moon, The Hunna to OK GO – garnering consistent praise throughout; earning comparisons to The Cure (by MTV) and The Killers (Earmilk), described as “new wavey bliss” (Billboard) and praised for their “anthemic, synth-laden rock” (Spin). After growing and cultivating their fanbase, earning the respect of the diehards through their dedication to the studio and the road, the headlining Dark Violet Tour sets the band up for a spot in the mainstream – and they’re certainly ready. After garnering over 40 million streams on Spotify, placements on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and sold-out UK shows, Night Riots are poised to continue their streak.

Catch NIGHT RIOTS On Tour
w/ courtship. and Silent Rival

6/1 – Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar
6/2 – El Paso TX – Lowbrow Palace
6/4 – Austin TX – Antone’s Nightclub
6/5 – Dallas TX – House of Blues
6/6 – Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall
6/8 – Atlanta GA – The Masquerade
6/9 – Charlotte NC – Visulite Theatre
6/10 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
6/12 – Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall
6/13 – New York NY – Baby’s All Right
6/15 – Philadelphia PA – The Foundry @ The Filmore
6/16 – Albany NY – The Hollow
6/18 – Columbus OH – The Basement
6/20 – St. Louis MO – Blueberry Hill
6/21 – Cleveland OH – Grog Shop
6/22 – Chicago IL – Subterranean
6/23 – Detroit MI – Shelter
6/25 – Kansas City MO – The Record Bar
6/26 – Denver CO – Marquis Theatre
6/27 – Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court
6/29 – San Francisco CA – Popscene
6/30 – Los Angeles CA – El Rey Theatre

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Newest Love: Palm Springsteen

LA-based Palm Springsteen shares their latest video “She’s Got Claws”. The band explains that it’s about the “macabre sensation of someone metaphorically digging their claws into your love life”. Palm Springsteen is gearing up to release their debut LP, Trouble in Paradise, stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Palm Springsteen is a band, a moniker, a portmanteau, a person, a place, a thing, and Bez from Happy Mondays. It’s interchangeable with the word “grease”, from the song Grease, from the movie Grease. It’s Blow Pop in Space. It’s Alan Vega screaming at Peter Hook to turn up that Jesus and Mary Chain record. It’s a feeling; a combination of ethereal synth, raw guitar, and driving rhythms for an explosive aural experience.

Born in the professional hedonism of Los Angeles, Palm Springsteen draws from elements of new wave, post-punk, synth pop and, ahem, “blow pop” to create something that even E.T. would phone home about.

Ever since that sick eclipse that only looked good in Idaho and Wyoming, 2017 finds Palm Springsteen releasing two new singles, “Sister Sister” and “Hey There Cowgirl,” while working on their upcoming LP, Trouble In Paradise.

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J. Views – “Into the Light” (ft. Wild Cub)

401 Days

NYC Album Release Show
Thursday May 19th @  Rough Trade, Brooklyn (Tickets)

Conceptual artist and musician J.Views is set to release his ground-breaking interactive album 401 Days on Friday May 20th with a special NYC album release show Thursday May 19th at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Following the release of his critically-acclaimed single  “Don’t Pull Away” (featuring Milosh of Rhye), the Brooklyn-based artist shares breakout singleInto The Light” ft. Wild Cub, and announces details of a special edition vinyl package complete with a lush 40-page collector’s edition hardcover companion piece.

401 Days is an interactive album that was made in real time as J.Views shared every demo, lyric line, melody, on the way to completing the songs, inviting fan participation in the step-by-step making of the album over the course of 401 days via his Cannes Lion Winning website. You can track the creation of any song – including the new-wave-inspired, synth-driven new single “Into The Light” ft. the rapturous vocals of Nashville-based Wild Cub –  through the website:  from its inception (I started a beat that I really liked, based on a Karate Kid sample,” shares J.Views) through various steps of the creative process and on to completion.

The album – featuring collaborations with Gotye, Manu Delgado, Kelli Scarr, and the  first-ever heartbeat controlled music video – emerges from the digital realm and into the physical in a breathtakingly detailed vinyl package and book, following up J.Views’ Grammy-nominated art for his 2012 “Rivers and Homes” LP.

The physical incarnation of 401 Days includes the full album specially mastered for vinyl by Matt Colton (James Blake, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno), and a stunning hardcover companion piece. The 40-page book is an art project unto itself. Made of globally-sourced materials “to achieve a very specific crunchiness that also exists in the music” explains J.Views, it includes map coordinates from the varying locations in which the songs were created and select images from the artist’s’ 401-day journey.

J. Views

The Grammy Nominated New York-based songwriter, producer, and visual artist creates multilayered songs that blend raw elements with electronic music through his use of analog tapes, recordings of nature, and often, sounds sent by his audience. J.Views’ work has been presented in Victoria and Albert Museum London, The New Museum New-York, and 
Digital Art Festival Taipei. The DNA Project and #AlmostForgot interactive video were developed by Hello Monday, known for their work with NASA, The Guggenheim & more.

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NEW Free Download: DATAROCK’s “Catcher in the Rye”

 

For the past decade, Norway’s DATAROCK have melded indie dance, new wave, pop, and funk into a custom sound responsible for a steady stream of unforgettable tracks and performances.  “Catcher in the Rye” is the band at their best, instantly memorable and insanely fun.  The single takes their adventurous pop to the next level. The band’s new album is due out in March and they will be launching a world tour in support of “the most extravagant single in history,” so be sure to join in on the madness!

Download “Catcher in the Rye”

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Newest Love: The Amplifetes

The Amplifetes are a brand new 4-piece band from Sweden. Being accomplished songwriters and producers on their own, the members have worked with names such as Kelis, Madonna, Grandmaster Flash and Peter Bjorn and John. While having occasionally crossed paths during the course of their careers, they have existed as a unit for about a year. The band think of themselves as a dreamteam collaboration of their influences – listing 60s Psychadelia, The Electric Light Orchestra, The Ramones, Elvis Costello, David Bowie and Chicago Trax Records House releases.     
 
The highly addictive result can be heard in The Amplifetes debut single “It´s My Life“, a spitting image of urban life and a happy three-part marriage between garage pop, electro and punk. It was featured recently in a promo campaign for Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli, starring a lightly dressed Milla Jovovich, creating quite a stir over Europe. 
Watch the video for their second single, “Whizz Kid”  HERE and fall in love like I have!

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