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Video: The Legends – “Summer In The City (Living Is For Somebody Else)”

This vintage 80’s inspired animated clip for The Legends’ “Summer In The City” (Living Is For Somebody Else)” will transport you back to those (preferably air-conditioned) Atari-style days of yesteryear.

The video, which premiered as part of an in-depth interview with Paste Magazine, is the perfect antidote to pre-summer blues.

The track is taken from The Legends Nightshift, LP out now on Labrador Records: Spotify / iTunes / Bandcamp

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New track: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Don’t Tell Me”


Just two weeks out from the release of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s sophomore LP, The Speed of Things, the guys have dropped a brand new song, “Don’t Tell Me.” DEJJ’s Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott explain: “Before we even knew we were going to make a second album we began playing this song live almost two years ago and have been dodging questions after shows about when it was going to be made available ever since.” The track premiered with Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco yesterday.

Listen: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Don’t Tell Me”

Paste recently championed DEJJ’s lead single, “If You Didn’t See Me, Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” as one of the “Best Songs of Summer” alongside the likes of Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Vampire Weekend, and more. Teen Vogue just called out the album as one of “The Most Exciting Albums Coming Out This Fall” raving “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. makes straightforward, infectious indie-pop that you’ll listen to again and again.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have linked up with labelmates Atlas Genius for the “Ones To Watch Tour” this fall, which just launched this week. It includes two nights in NYC on October 10th and 11th at Irving Plaza, The Wiltern in LA November 6th and The Fillmore in SF November 7th. A full list of dates is below.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • 09/25     Pabst Theater- Milwaukee, WI*
  • 09/26     Varsity Theater- Minneapolis, MN*
  • 09/27     Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
  • 09/28     High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
  • 09/29     Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
  • 10/01     House of Blues- Chicago, IL*
  • 10/02     House of Blues- Cleveland, OH*
  • 10/04     Danforth Music Hall- Toronto, ON*
  • 10/05     Cabaret Mile – End – Montreal, Canada
  • 10/06     Port City – Portland, ME
  • 10/08     House of Blues- Boston, MA*
  • 10/10     Irving Plaza- New York, NY*
  • 10/11     Irving Plaza- New York, NY*
  • 10/12     Theatre of the Living Arts- Philadelphia, PA*
  • 10/13     The Fillmore/Silver Spring- Silver Spring, MD*
  • 10/21     The Borderline – London, UK
  • 10/23     Hoxton Square – London, UK
  • 11/01     House of Blues- Anaheim, CA*
  • 11/06     The Wiltern- Los Angeles, CA*
  • 11/07     The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
  • 11/09     Crystal Ballroom- Portland, OR*
  • 11/10     Venue- Vancouver, BC*
  • 11/11     Neptune Theatre- Seattle, WA*
  • 11/23     Detroit Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI

*”Ones to Watch” Tour w/ Atlas Genius

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Check ‘Em Out: Typhoon


Portland, Oregon’s Typhoon – one of the most talked about new bands – is proud to announce the August 20th release of their new album White Lighter on MapleMusic Recordings and Roll Call Records.

White Lighter is the follow up to the bands acclaimed EP A New Kind Of House that caught the attention of countless music critics and listeners for what NPR’s Bob Boilen calls “absolutely stunning” and “so beautiful, it make’s me want to follow every single thing Typhoon does.”

Recorded at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, Typhoon isolated themselves from outside distractions to arrange and record this collection of songs with an impressive emphasis on storytelling and melody.

“On the farm, we were living inside the record” says songwriter Morton. “I had one place in the woods where I would write and rewrite one song, and a different place for working another. The whole thing was laid out spatially over so many acres. I built a small fort in the wood barn where I kept my books and guitar.  Slept a couple feet away from the recording desk.  When it was cold, we built wood fires, when it was warm we went swimming down the road.  Friends came and went, sometimes recording with us.”

Produced by the band along with their in-house engineer Paul Laxer, Typhoon created a dynamic recording – full of horns, strings and group vocal crescendos – that will establish the band as an immensely creative force.

An inspiring hybrid of literate lyrics and wide ranging pop music – new songs such as first single “Young Fathers,” “Possible Deaths,” “Prosthetic Love” and “Hunger And Thirst” – take listeners on a journey through the experience of having it all, fighting to keep the dream and accepting your fate.

“There are several layers to this new record” says Morton. “It’s definitely the most autobiographical record I’ve ever done. I’m also trying to reconstitute disparate experiences into something like a meaningful sequence in the pale light of truth.”

Along with Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Alternative Press and more, Paste Magazine raves “Music critics throw around adjectives like ‘orchestral’ and ‘expansive’ all the time these days. But here’s a band that actually deserves such labels. Portland’s Typhoon is an indie rock geek’s dream: a dynamic 12-piece with a seemingly unending reservoir of energy, emotive vocals, arpeggiated guitars, horns, multiple drum kits and strings … Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new critical darlings.”

Typhoon spent most of 2011 on the road – sharing the stage with The Decemberists, The Shins and Explosions In The Sky and performing at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Osheaga and the Newport Folk Festival – winning over concertgoers with what KEXP calls an “awe inspiring” live show.

Already confirmed for this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, Typhoon will set out on a US headlining tour this fall. Stay tuned for more news!

Songwriter Kyle Morton caught up with The Wall Street Journal to talk about the new record, to have a read – click HERE.

Listen/download: Typhoon – “Dreams of Cannibalism”

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Video: Vandaveer – “Pretty Polly”


To their credit, the DC-via-Kentucky folk act Vandaveer understand how dark this old, weird America can be. Their new album, Oh, Willie, Please…, is a collection of “traditional murder ballads and songs of self ruin” that succeeds because the prettiness of the music only heightens the ugliness of the actions. There’s a matter-of-factness that makes the slicings, stabbings, stranglings, suffocatings, drownings, hangings and shootings all the more grim. Heidinger doesn’t shy away from the horror of “The Banks of the Ohio” or “Down in the Willow Garden” nor does he wallow in their gruesomeness. Singing about stabbing his lover and drowning her in the river—on both songs even—he trusts the material to deliver its shock. – PASTE

Vandaveer revisit the ghastly tale of “Pretty Polly” with a haunting and gorgeously spare arrangement on their new album of murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please… using subtle restraint and carefully chosen notes from banjo and cello to perfectly create an atmosphere of foreboding and pain. – POPMATTERS

 The macabre has long held uneasy sway over the human condition. From ghost stories to creation myths, from CSI to Shakespeare, from cable news voyeurism to Edgar Allan Poe, the subjects of death, murder and all things ghastly have fascinated and frightened for centuries. Songs are no exception. From Old World roots to more recent incarnations in America, the murder ballad has traversed, shapeshifted and persevered. Despite our collective desire to be good and virtuous, people do very bad things. And then we sing about them.

Death, murder and ghosts have long been underlying threads coursing through Vandaveer’s original songs, but instead of weaving their own shadowy tales into their latest studio effort, Oh, Willie, Please, the DC-by-way-of-Kentucky alt-folk collective have tapped into the wellspring of traditional folk’s darker side.

Oh, Willie, Please… finds the group operating in a more collaborative spirit. In addition to the core duo of Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin, the talents of J. Tom Hnatow (These United States, The Mynabirds) and Phillips Saylor (Stripmall Ballads, The Shiftless Rounders) helped expand the project into a formidable ensemble, armed with steel string, resonator and pedal steel guitars, banjos and pianos, voices galore, and a common belief in the quality and relevance of the word ‘folk.’

Inspired by their recent participation in The 78 Project, the group gathered in a majestic old home on a picturesque horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky in the spring of 2012 and set to work re-imagining a collection of age-old murder ballads & songs of self ruin plucked almost entirely from the public domain. With longtime producer Duane Lundy once again at the helm, Vandaveer moved swiftly through the selected catalog, recording most of the tracks live in the manor’s great room. The result is a spacious, honest album that balances reverence and respect for the source material with a healthy coat of contemporary color.


5/2 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
5/4 – Club 603 – Baltimore, MD
5/8 – Southern Cafe & Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA
5/9 – The Garage – Winston-Salem, NC
5/11 – Kirk Avenue Music Hall – Roanoke, VA
5/16 – Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH
5/17 – Willie’s Locally Known – Lexington, KY
5/19 – Space – Studio Room – Evanston, IL
5/20 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
5/21 – Southgate House – Newport, KY
5/22 – Uncle Slayton’s – Louisville, KY
5/23 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN
5/24 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
5/25 – Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC
5/26 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
6/7 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO w/ They Might Be Giants
6/8 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT w/ They Might Be Giants
6/9 – Egyptian Theatre – Boise, ID w/ They Might Be Giants

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Stream: Caught a Ghost – Nightworks


Now, Nightworks, the debut EP from Caught A Ghost, is released today via +1 Records. As the songwriter, producer and lead singer of the band, Jesse Nolan is a devotee of music from bygone eras. With Caught a Ghost, he’s created a sound that eagerly expounds upon his affection for vintage soul, delta blues, and 90s rap alike.

The band has been producing and releasing content on music blogs and their social networks over the past few months. “Time Go” was premiered by Paste Magazine. “Hold Out” was featured here on Musically Amusing as well as on Rolling Stone, and the video premiered on NYLON. This week, the EP is being streamed on AOL Spinner.

As the band now releases their debut EP, they’ve already garnered over 500,000 YOUTUBE views.

The momentum has started to perk up people’s ears around the industry. “Time Go” was featured on the NBC’s SUITS, and “Connected” was featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Jessie Nolan describes the name of his band Caught A Ghost as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. “It’s an old expression” he says, “musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed.” It is this sort reverence for the music of bygone eras combined with Nolan’s musical dexterity that makes Caught A Ghost so unique, and on the cusp of something great.

Nightworks is the precursor to their debut album, due out Summer 2013 on +1 Records.

Stream: Caught a Ghost – Nightworks

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Newest Love: Caught a Ghost

Caught a Ghost is a new project from LA-based songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan, features a classic Motown and Stax sensibility mixed with modern samples, synths and beats. In its live incarnation, Caught A Ghost features an 8-piece band including a 3-piece horn section and visual projections tailor-made for each song.

Jesse describes the name of his band as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. “It’s an old expression” he says, “musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed.” It is this sort reverence for the music of bygone eras combined with his musical dexterity that makes Caught A Ghost so intriguing.

On and off the stage, Caught A Ghost is quickly gaining new fans. “Connected” recently premiered on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and My Old Kentucky Blog. “Time Go” was featured on the NBC show SUITS and by Paste Magazine. And “Hold Out” was praised by Rolling Stone and it’s music video by NYLON.

Nightworks, the debut EP from Caught A Ghost, will be released via +1 Records on February 12th, 2013.

Listen: Caught a Ghost – “Time Go”

Listen: Caught a Ghost – “Connected”

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Stream: The Rocketboys – Build Anyway

Austin, TX based indie-rock group The Rocketboys have released their long-awaited sophomore full-length album, Build Anyway. The album is currently streaming at AOL Spinner and PasteMagazine.com and is available for purchase on iTunes.

Recorded in their home studio and mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Live, Phish), Build Anyway chronicles the emotions that surface through the brokenness in abandonment to the search for peace and closure, both personally and musically.  Frontman Brandon Kinder conveys the feelings perfectly as he paints a haunting, yet heartfelt picture with his rich crooning vocals on the album’s ten beautifully cathartic tracks.

The Rocketboys will be touring throughout the summer in support of Build Anyway.

 The Rocketboys Tour Dates:
June 7 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
June 8 – Austin, TX – ND
June 9 – Wichita Falls, KS – The Iron Horse
June 10 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
June 13 – Tempe, AZ – The Sail Inn
June 14 – Redlands, CA – Hangar 24 Brewery
June 15 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
June 16 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
June 17 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
June 19 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
June 20 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
June 21 – Walnut Creek, CA – Red House
June 22 – Stockton, CA – Plea For Peace Center
June 23 – Centralia, WA – Quesadilla Factory
June 24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
June 25 – Boise, ID – The Venue
June 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
June 27 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
June 28 – Omaha, NE – Barley St. Tavern
June 29 – Joplin, MO – TBC
June 30 – Kansas City, MO – Czar
July 1 – St. Louis, MO – Cicero’s
July 2 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
July 3 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
July 5 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
July 7 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

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Listen: Wintersleep – “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”

Nova Scotia’s Wintersleep produces music that has the ability to grab listeners with its pop charm and keep them captivated with its subtle complexities. Having won a Juno Award, performed on The Late Show With David Letterman, and spent the last few years touring extensively in support of two successful releases, the band is now gearing up to unleash Hello Hum, a multi-dimensional record full of catchy pop hooks, thoughtful lyrics, and heartfelt sentiment. Co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai), Hello Hum is due out June 12th via Roll Call Records/ILG. The album’s first single, “Nothing is Anything (Without You)” premiered with Paste Magazine, who calls it “…an infectious three minute song that shows that the band is back in full force.” Indeed, the track features a lively guitar melody and a driving combination of drum beats and handclaps.

It is available to stream today and will be available for purchase May 15th on all digital retailers. The new record opens with “Hum,” which offers a swirling, slow-building intro to the series of energetic tracks that follow. The upbeat “In Came The Flood” showcases the depth of the band’s sound, featuring melodic vocals atop a densely layered foundation of guitars, vocal harmonies, and driving percussion “Smoke” closes out the album on a softer note, allowing melodic vocals to shine over a subdued instrumental background and steady rolling drum beat. Wintersleep fans will have a chance to catch the band live as they head out on a limited US tour this spring. Having already shared stages with acts like Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady and Paul McCartney, be sure to catch Wintersleep in your city!

Listen: Wintersleep – “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”

Wintersleep Tour Dates

  • 5/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
  • 5/30: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
  • 5/31: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
  • 6/1: Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater
  • 6/2: Victoria, BC @ Phillips Brewery
  • 6/4: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Caberet
  • 6/5: Calgary, AB @ Hifi Club
  • 6/6: Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
  • 6/7: Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
  • 6/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
  • 6/9: Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
  • 6/11: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
  • 6/12: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
  • 6/14: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
  • 6/18: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
  • 6/19: Brooklyn. NY @ Knitting Factory
  • 6/20: Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
  • 8/3: Montreal, QC @ Osheaga
  • 8/25: Squamish, BC @ Live In Squamish

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New Track (+ download): Rubblebucket – “Worker”

Leading up the release of Omega La La on June 21 via Sin Duda Records, Rubblebucket is happy to premiere their latest track, “Worker,” with Spinner this morning. The site had great things to say about the band, writing, “Like a love child of the Rapture and Dirty
Projectors, Rubblebucket have been churning out highly polished pop since their inception, and their upcoming record, Omega La La, is sure to have you grooving in your skinny jorts this summer.”
As a part of the band’s upcoming summer tour dates, Rubblebucket is also headlining Bikes Rock!, the opening night of the Bicycle Film Festival in New York City, on 6/22 at Santos Party House. Check out the band’s full summer tour below.

Listen/download: Rubblebucket – “Worker”
Read Spinner’s piece on Rubblebucket here 

Omega La La marks a milestone for Rubblebucket. Recorded last year, the record is the Brooklyn eight piece’s most adventurous record yet, with the band dipping into everything from the dancey indie-pop arrangements to Fela-Kuti inspired afro-beat stomps. The album opens with “Down in the Yards,” a track that builds off the ebb and flow of a droning, two-note guitar riff, only to explode into a triumphant chorus anchored by the band’s horn section. That track is followed up by the buoyant psych-pop gem, “L’homme.” “Silly Fathers” and a reworked version of “Came Out of a Lady” show off the band’s penchant for creating pop songs that stick in your head. “Raining” is an eccentric pop song built around intertwining vocal lines and a cascading synth. And so far the record has earned a wealth of praise, with Stereogum hailing the record’s “Tricky arrangements, whistle solos, and disco guitar leads” and PasteMagazine calling the album “instrumentally rich but catchy enough to ass-kick Katy Perry off the pop charts (in a just world)—mega-melodic without sacrificing an ounce of atmosphere or creativity.”

For Rubblebucket, it’s been a long journey to make Omega La La. Led by the musical couple of bandleader/trumpeter Alex Toth and frontwoman Kalmia Traver, Rubblebucket has spent the last four years building a reputation as a band that blurs the lines between psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance, and radiant, left-field arrangements. In 2009, Rubblebucket released a self-titled album that turned heads. The band then relocated to Brooklyn and released the Triangular Daises EP in 2010. A stylistic precursor to Omega La La, the Triangular
Daises EP
was hailed by The Wall Street Journal, NYLON, Paste, and a host of others.

Rubblebucket Spring/Summer Tour Dates:
06/16: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
06/17: Spencer, IN @ Stable Studios Music Festival
06/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Fest
06/22: New York, NY @ Santos Party House – NYC Bicycle Film Fest
06/28: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
06/30: Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
07/02: Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forrest Festival
07/08: Rochester, NY @ East End Festival
07/09: Schuylkill, PA @ Midsummer Meltdown
07/15: Buffalo, NY @ North Fork Music Park
07/16: Greenfield, MA @ Green River Fest
07/24: Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes
07/29: Floyd, VA @ Floyd Fest
07/30: Floyd, VA @ Floyd Fest
08/13: Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North
08/18: Stephentown, NY @ Bella Terra
08/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
08/20: Sheldon, VT @ Liberate Festival
09/03: Chicago, IL @ North Coast Festival
09/04: Mohawk, NY @ Moe.Down
09/10: Peru, NY @ Backwoods Pondfest
10/08: Roseland, VA @ The Festy
11/11: Live Oak, FL @ Bear Creek Music & Arts Fest

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Morning Thought”

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Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have released “Morning Thought,” the first track off their upcoming full-length debut, It’s A Corporate World, now set for a June 7th release through Quite Scientific Records in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records. The track is available as a free download in exchange for an email address on the band’s website. The band just wrapped up a tour with
Tapes ‘n Tapes and were all over the place at SXSW. Paste caught a great live version of “Vocal Chords” at their showcase, check out the video here. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will then continue across the country on a headlining tour starting May 11th in NYC.

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