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Newest From X Ambassadors: “Ahead Of Myself”

“Triumphant, euphoric, immensely uplifting” – Clash Magazine

“Bombastic rock that’s as stomping as it is diaristic, leavened by big-tent pop hooks and a hint of hip-hop swagger” – Rolling Stone

US trio X Ambassadors return with a brand new single “Ahead Of Myself” which is the lead track from their upcoming second album.

Released today, “Ahead Of Myself” was co-written with American multi-platinum selling songwriter, producer, and musician Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, Chainsmokers) and was added straight onto Spotify’s UK and Global New Music Playlists as well as Deezer and Amazon’s Brand New Music UK playlists.

“Ahead Of Myself” is the first taste of their new album, the follow up to the critically acclaimed, gold-certified debut album VHS, which featured the two multi-platinum hits “Renegades” and “Unsteady”.

The success of VHS saw X Ambassadors venture out on a near two-year touring odyssey, winning over fans around the world and performing at the likes of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful, Shaky Knees festivals and many more.

The three-piece, formed of brothers Sam and Casey Harris and college friend Adam Levin, have collaborated with a number of top names such as Tom Morello, Elle King, A$AP Ferg, Wiz Khalifa, Eminem and labelmates Imagine Dragons.

Earlier this year they gave fans a taste of their current sonic direction with the release of “The Devil You Know”, which featured in a trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruise film American Made, “Torches” which was heard in Transformers: The Last Knight, and the inspirational “Hoping”, which came about following the US presidential election.

X Ambassadors will be playing the Radio 1/NME stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival before headlining a show at London’s ULU on August 29th.


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New Track From Corbu – “Better Better Off”

Photo credit: Erika Mugglin & Corbu

Photo credit: Erika Mugglin & Corbu

Ahead of the release of their soaring debut album Crayon Soul, New York’s Corbu are streaming the new single “Better Better Off”. A swirling anthem, “Better Better Off” perfectly balances trippy desert rock with glacial stargazing. Corbu’s Crayon Soul is released August 5th via 3Beat (EU) & Big Picnic (US).

The band recently gave an insight into their vivid world with the animated video to the track “Battles”. The video hints at the narrative that began to unfold as frontman Jonathan Graves was writing the record. Each track tells a different part of the story, taking the listener on a true journey through Corbu’s vibrant imagination. Despite taking inspiration from science fiction and psychedelia, the album also pulls from the band’s real life experiences to create a body of work that is both otherworldly and deeply personal.

Crayon Soul is produced by Corbu and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, The Flaming Lips). It follows two acclaimed EPs, We Are Sound and Everything You Imagine Is Real, which garnered praise from the likes of NYLON, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME and more, as well as capturing the attention of Jessie Ware, who personally requested the band to remix her song “You & I (Forever)”.

Crayon Soul is released 5 August 2016 

Aug 1st Philadelphia: Black Box
Aug 2nd Washington DC: DC9
Aug 3rd Pittsburgh: Brillobox
Aug 5th New York: Mercury Lounge – Album release show http://ticketf.ly/28S5Odi
Sept 30th Austin: Austin City Limits Festival

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Video: Iglomat – “King Of The Sun”

“There are deep, medicated grooves and purposefully rough patches. It’s the sort of record that reveals something different every time—circumstantial, temperamental, and yet somehow definitive.” – NME

To coincide with the release of Iglomat’s 3rd album the band have produced a new video for the track “King Of The Sun”.

“King Of The Sun” features  haunting vocal performances from Rachel Sermanni and Jennifer Austin. Rachel is one of the UK’s most respected young singer songwriters and Iglomat are thrilled that she could be involved in the album. Rachel and Jennifer contributed vocals to “King Of The Sun” and to “No Place Like Home” with Jennifer also contributing piano on the aptly named “Jen 68”.

Produced by the band the video is a portrait of loss of innocence and regret. A melancholic reflection on growing up and what it means to come to terms with the realities of life.

“He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activities in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all.” 
― Cormac McCarthy

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New Music From Iglomat


“Great drama, enhanced by their ability to create lovely passages as well as jarring odd moments” – DC Rock Live

“There are deep, medicated grooves and purposefully rough patches. It’s the sort of record that reveals something different every time—circumstantial, temperamental, and yet somehow definitive.” – NME

After the success of “The Kelpies” project with filmmaker Walid Salhab and following the release of the “TicTac Toe” single, the 3rd Iglomat album is here and ready to drop on CD and download. Iglomat III is again another quality collection of bristling post rock electronica that is as melodious as it is “effortlessly cool”. 9 slices of musical sustenance that are as much “food for the soul” as they are “post rock perfection”. And as if to celebrate progression there are even some small forays from the instrumental path, with an energetic vocal performance on “Elgato Elgato” from 7-year-old Noah Macdonald followed by profoundly heart achingly subtle performances from Rachel Sermanni and Jennifer Austin on “King Of The Sun” and “No Place Like Home”.

Perhaps Iglomat’s main technical unit David Jack describes the album best; “Years ago when we first started on this exploration, Iglomat was just an idea and a couple of guitar lines floating around in cyberspace. Now as we’ve grown musically and with communication technology progressing exponentially, we can work as remotely and as freely as we like. Which means the music that we heard in our heads is as close to what comes out of the speakers as near as dammit. A recent review described us as a little bit like Goblin which made me laugh, as we try to be a lot like Goblin. So we must be getting close.”

About Iglomat:

Iglomat thrives in the transitional realm. The cross-continental recording project operates across landlines, highways, and hard drives – chronicling tales of distance and time. Such efforts would normally lose some spontaneity and urgency in the transfers. But consider Iglomat’s pedigree: producer David Jack, a beat chemist praised by no less authority than John Peel (just check his Peel Session) long-time collaborator and another Peel session veteran Scott MacDonald ; and acclaimed photographer Sandy Carson, whose narrative focus comes through as much on record as it does in print.




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New Album From La Roux Out Next Week


Welcome back La Roux – your return hasn’t let us down at all.” – NME

La Roux’s highly anticipated sophomore release, Trouble In Paradise is set to hit next week, July 22nd via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Listen to the album in full now via iTunes First Play, then pre-order your copy with three immediate song downloads (iTunes.com/LaRoux). The already acclaimed upcoming release features nine tracks, each written and performed by multi-instrumentalist Elly Jackson and co-produced with Ian Sherwin. The reviews coming in have been incredible with Rolling Stone raving, “her vintage synth-pop magnificence…has warmed into the sort of electro-disco drama you imagine the Daft Punk robots blasting as they cruise down Highway 1.” while Billboard exclaimed, “La Roux returns with a bold new look and a thrilling new sound.” 

On the eve of release for Trouble in Paradise, La Roux has also announced a fall headlining tour that will kick off in Canada at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on September 18 before heading stateside for a ten show run. The dates will see her crisscrossing the country before wrapping in New York City atTerminal 5 on October 4th.

La Roux (Cherrytree/Interscope Records) blew up internationally, going platinum and gold in multiple countries. Stateside, multi-platinum hit single “Bulletproof” soared up the Billboard Hot 100 charts making its way to the Top Ten where it stayed for weeks. The debut release also garnered a GRAMMY for Best Electronic/Dance Album amongst other illustrious honors including nominations for a Mercury Prize, MTV Europe Award, MTV Woodie and two Brit Awards.

Tour Dates:

09/18/2014      Vancouver, BC        Commodore Ballroom
09/19/2014      Seattle, WA            The Showbox @ The Market
09/20/2014     Portland, OR            Wonder Ballroom
09/22/2014     Oakland, CA            Fox Theatre
09/23/2014     Los Angeles, CA      The Fonda Theatre
09/26/2014     Salt Lake City, UT    In The Venue
09/27/2014     Boulder, CO            Boulder Theatre
09/29/2014     Minneapolis, MN      First Avenue
10/01/2014      Chicago, IL            Concord Music Hall
10/02/2014      Detroit, MI             St. Andrews Hall
10/04/2014      New York, NY          Terminal 5

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Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979”

Globally revered and highly influential dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 have revealed a plethora of details about their eagerly anticipated new album, including the title, cover art, and track-listing. The Physical World will be released by Last Gang Records / Warner Bros. Records today.

Produced by D. Sardy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Wolfmother, Oasis), The Physical World comes a full ten years after the release of the band’s universally acclaimed debut album,You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, which made Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synths, backing vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (vocals and drums), an underground /over ground sensation. DFA 1979 broke up in 2006 while the first album and subsequent remix album continued to sell inexplicably. They decided to reunite in 2011 and began to perform live picking up where they left off without missing a beat. Their rabid cult has only continued to amass just as inexplicably. Jesse and Sebastien sat down with the NME to talk about the new album release and reuniting. Earlier this spring, DFA 1979 released various clues, tidbits and sonic allusions surrounding a possible new album on deathfromabove1979.com. This will also be your exclusive portal into the wormhole world into all things DFA 1979 now and in the future.

In addition, Death From Above 1979 have announced they will hit the road this fall for an extensive European and U.S. headlining tour, which goes on sale this Friday, July 11th. Please see below for all tour dates.

European tour dates:

  • 10/7                  Koln, Germany               Luxor
  • 10/8                  Paris, France                 Badaboum
  • 10/9                  Brussels, Belgium          Botanique
  • 10/11                Amsterdam, Holland       Melkweg
  • 10/12                Hamburg, Germany        Hafenklang
  • 10/13                Berlin, Germany             Cassiopeia 
  • 10/15                Vienna, Austria              Flex
  • 10/16                Munich, Germany          Orangehouse
  • 10/18                Zurich, Switzerland        Mascotte
  • 10/20                London, UK                   Electric Ballroom
  • 10/21                Manchester, UK            Gorilla
  • 10/22                Glasgow, UK                 The Garage

North American fall tour dates: For every pair of tickets purchased, you will receive one download of the album.

*Promotion does not apply

  • *09/6-7              Toronto, ONT, CAN        Riot Fest Toronto
  • *11/01               New Orleans, LA            Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
  • 11/03                Atlanta, GA                    Buckhead Theatre
  • 11/04                Nashville, TN                 Marathon Music Works
  • 11/06                Houston, TX                  Warehouse Live
  • *11/07               Austin, TX                     Fun Fun Fun
  • 11/08                Dallas, TX                     Granada Theater
  • 11/10                Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theatre
  • 11/12                San Diego, CA               House of Blues
  • 11/13                Santa Ana, CA               Observatory
  • 11/15                Las Vegas, NV               Brooklyn Bowl
  • 11/17                San Francisco, CA         The Independent
  • 11/18                Portland, OR                  Crystal Ballroom
  • 11/19                Seattle, WA                   Neumos
  • *11/21               Salt Lake City, UT          In The Venue
  • 11/22                Boulder, CO                   Fox Theatre
  • 11/24                Minneapolis, MN            First Avenue
  • 11/25                Chicago, IL                    Rivera Theatre
  • 11/26                Detroit, MI                     Crofoot
  • 11/28                New York, NY                Terminal 5
  • 1129                 Philadelphia, PA             Union Transfer
  • 12/01                Washington, DC             9:30 Club
  • 12/02                Boston, MA                   House of Blues

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Track-listing for The Physical World is as follows:

  1. Cheap Talk
  2. Right On, Frankenstein!
  3. Virgins
  4. Always On
  5. Crystal Ball
  6. White Is Red
  7. Trainwreck 1979
  8. Nothin’ Left
  9. Government Trash
  10. Gemini
  11. The Physical World


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The Vaccines Release Debut May 31

Buzz-worthy Britons, The Vaccines, are set to release their highly anticipated debut, What Do You Expect From The Vaccines? via Columbia Records on May 31. Coming off the heels of their highly praised UK release, The Vaccines will be bringing their guitar anthems to the stage beginning May 17th in Washington, DC supporting the Arctic Monkeys.

From a cover feature with NME to entering the UK charts at #4 with What Do You Expect From The Vaccines?, the band is positioning themselves to be one of the most watched bands this year.

Check them out on their American network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, June 7th.

Tour Schedule:

May 17 – Washington DC, 9.30 Club

May 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

May 19 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

May 21 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus

May 22 – Montreal, ON – Olympia de Montreal

May 24 – New York, NY – Central Park Summer Stage

May 26 – Detroit, MI – Clutch Cargoes

May 27 – Milwuakee, WI – The Rave

May 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

May 30 – Denver, CO -The Ogden Theatre

May 31 – Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue

June 02 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theatre

June 03 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hollywood Palladium

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New Download: Luke Rathborne

On the heels of an extremely successful trip to the UK which landed Luke Rathborne love from NME and the BBC, Luke returns to the US just in time for the release of his debut album, the split EP I Can Be One E.P. / Dog  Years E.P., which is out now via Dilettante Recordings.

People have been asking –  why the split EP?  Rather than  muddling his music’s disparate take on the world around  him, attempting to intertwine songs written under  different circumstances and in different frames of mind,  Rathborne decided to offer audiences his ideal window  into his headscape – two EPs, each unique in their own right, as one  album.

Dog Years EP (stream in its entirety on Soundcloud) embraces Rathborne’s more pop aesthetic – not shiny, happy pop, but effervescent, melancholic pop.  The title track offers a cynical poke to not letting the “dog years” pass you by.  The material from the I Can Be One EP was penned following Rathborne’s move to New York City after high school and completed with members of Antony and the Johnsons contributing to the arrangements.   The material on this EP takes on a somber, darker hue.

But while the tones change, the inspiration is largely the same. “All of the songs – on both EPs – are about being afraid of connecting, because connections open up the possibility of being harmed…It’s interesting that they intersect here, because I’d been playing with the idea of putting them together and seeing how they mix, but this seems a lot more pure – this is my music, this is what I want to say, and this is how I want to say it,” Luke explains.

If you’re headed to SXSW, don’t miss Luke Rathborne when he opens for The Stokes.  

Download “I Can Be One” for free here

Download “Dog Years” for free here 


03.11.11 – Vinyl Release Show @  Harvard and Stone – Los Angeles, CA

03.15.11 – The Troubadour – Los  Angeles, CA **  (Sold Out)

03.17.11 – Auditorium Shores Stage  @ Lady Bird Lake – Austin, TX (SXSW) @@

03.17 – Paste Magazine Stage –  Austin, TX (SXSW)

03.18.11 – Filter Showcase @ Cedar  St. Courtyard – Austin, TX (SXSW)

03.21.11 – Bowery  Ballroom – New York, NY ** (Sold  Out)

** w/  Noah and The Whale

@@ w/ The  Strokes

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NEW: Noah & The Whale

The album isn’t officially released until next Tuesday, but you can stream it now over at NME (click image above). I’m digging the opening track and am happy with it’s placement. “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night” reminds me of classic 80s rock, listen to the guitar riff in the chorus, you’ll hear it. “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” has a cool Tom Petty vibe. “Wild Thing” continues the similarity to Tom Petty; only this time throwing in a tiny bit of Springsteen. I like the new album, though I gotta say it’s not what I expected. “Give It All Back” is one of those “looking back” kind of songs. Though, I guess if you think about it, they all are; the album is called Last Night on Earth. “Just Me Before We Met” jumps out at me; it is so beautiful (with out being slow and sappy, of course). The violin used in the track just adds another layer of character that makes this song probably my favorite from the album. “Paradise Stars” is a sweet little instrumental interlude before the winding down with the last three songs. The final track, “Old Joy” is a bit too morose for my taste, but I guess it’s a good way to end the album…the “last night on Earth.”

1. Life Is Life
2. Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
3. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
4. Wild Thing
5. Give It All Back
6. Just Me Before We Met
7. Paradise Stars
8. Waiting For My Chance To Come
9. The Line
10. Old Joy

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Wakey! Wakey! Show @ Brillobox

Mike Grubbs and I

There are quite a few different reasons you might have heard of Wakey! Wakey! If you are from New York, particularly the Brooklyn area, not only are you familiar with the band, but you’ve likely seen them perform. Other reasons might be because you are an avid reader of Spin, NME, Pitchfork and the like. But, the biggest reason you might have heard Wakey! Wakey! is from a show called One Tree Hill. The main man of the band is Mike Grubbs, who debuted as a character on the show last November.

Click to read more at Pop Damage

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