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New EP from Metacara Released Today

Kyla Rae and Vince Nania are Pittsburgh based duo Metacara and today they’ve released their 2nd EP, Car Talks. I can’t really nail down a genre for them because they incorporate many. But, if you’re a fan of Phantogram, Purity Ring, and Wolf Alice (I’m thinking the Blush EP), you will definitely enjoy Metacara. In comparison to their first release in 2015, Stone Love, they feel like Car Talks is more mature. The name of the band itself means, “Many Faces,” which is super cool and appropriate for a group that feels their music is growing as they grow themselves.

When I hung out with Kyla and Vince recently, they told me this EP was inspired by the kinds of talks that you have in the car. You know, like when you’re going on a road trip — you’re in the car for a long period of time, why not talk about something deep that’s been on your mind? And bonus: your travel mate can’t escape you, mwaahahaha.

Check out the video for one of the new tracks, “Pilsen” below:

After you’ve watched that, check out the rest of the EP below via Soundcloud:

When you listen to the title track, make sure you pay attention at the 1:48 mark where the song changes it up a little bit. I love when one song almost sounds like two different songs AND IT WORKS. That’s what happens here. Magical.

“Over the Edge” has a little bit of a darker feel, which I especially appreciate at this time of year. The air is crisp and fall has arrived, Halloween is coming, and I usually feel a teeny bit bitter that the bitter, cold weather is approaching. Sometimes that’s what puts me “over the edge,” not sure about you. Juuuuuuust kidding. Sort of. Anyway, all of the tracks flow very nicely with each other and the EP ends with “Ceilings.” At 1:38, this song brings another beat that I’ve fallen in love with. The sound is blues-y and adds another level of anticipation followed by a rock vibe that carries out the rest of the song. After checking out Car Talks, you’ll see what I mean about nailing down a genre. Maybe I’ll make one up just for them.

The Car Talks EP is available on all major music platforms, so go grab it on whichever one strikes your fancy!

AND if you’re in the Pittsburgh area this Saturday, go check them out for their release party at James Street Gastropub!

 

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Newest Love: Freedom Fry

“A jewel of sparkling synth and melodies” – VICE/Noisey
“Freedom Fry are on the path to stardom” – Indie Shuffle
“indie pop-folk tracks with upbeat melodies, danceable rhythms” – Flaunt Magazine

In anticipation of their upcoming Strange Attraction EP set for release on September 7th, Los Angeles based alt-folk duo Freedom Fry share new single “Party Down” with VICE’s Noisey. Highlighted by pulsating electronic beats and dreamy, melodic vocals of Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, the track stays true to the duo’s infectious feel-good sound.

“Party Down is a song about getting through the grind of your daily life and wanting to make the good times last longer – having the foresight when you’re in a good moment to realize that once it’s over you’re going to miss it,” Freedom Fry comments. “We were playing with synths as lead elements, which we haven’t done very much as a band. We wanted the beat to feel like a cross between Michael Jackson and the more danceable songs by The Clash. Once that was in place the rest of it just came together.”

“Party Down” follows the release of the first single and title track “Strange Attraction” released last month via BlackBook. Upon release of the EP, Freedom Fry will bring their kinetic live energy to Los Angeles on September 9th at Sunstock Solar Music Festival.

Freedom Fry has garnered over 50 million track streams and their music can be heard in over 50 films, shows, and commercials including Judd Apatow’s “Love” and Grey’s Anatomy. The band has appeared on The Hype Machine over 50 times, including three #1’s as they continue to turn heads on the international scale. They’ve performed in Europe and throughout the US with the likes of Stromae, Phantogram, X Ambassadors, and others.

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The Flaming Lips Take Over Howard Stern’s Channel Tonight!

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TODAY IS THE DAY!  Howard Stern, the King of All Media is surrendering his SiriusXM radio studio to THE FLAMING LIPS today. Fred Armisen will host the show as previously announced.

Click here to catch a sneak peek right now!!!

The Lips will perform songs from their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album With A Little Help From My Fwends, as well as other predictably unpredictable surprises.  The special premieres tonight at 11pm ET / 8pm PT on Howard Stern‘s exclusive SiriusXM channel Howard101, on the SiriusXM App, as well as online at http://www.siriusxm.com/.  Check for repeats throughout the weekend!

With A Little Help From My Fwends, was released October 28th from Warner Bros. Records. The band has recorded their own versions of each track on The Beatles’ 1967 classic in their own inimitable style, with help from special friends Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, J. Mascis, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Grace Potter, Electric Würms (THE LIPS side project, who recently released their 6-song debut album titled, Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk) and many others.  Click here to purchase.

All proceeds from sales of THE LIPS current album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, will be donated to The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the band’s hometown of Oklahoma City that assists low-income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.

 

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Lineup Announced For Lightning In A Bottle

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The music lineup for the 9th annual Lightning in a Bottle Music and Arts Festival has been announced, featuring Moby, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Gramatik, Beats Antique, Amon Tobin, Baauer, Gold Panda, Simian Mobile Disco, Claude VonStroke and more! 
 
This internationally renowned transformative experience also includes the sounds of The Polish Ambassador, Damian Lazarus, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker and Lee Burridge. Lucent Dossier Experience will also take the familiar stage to mystify their devout fans with their visually enriched live-performance. 
 
Lightning in a Bottle returns with new dates, from May 22-26 2014, and a new location at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA  (Google Maps). This new location at Lake San Antonio sits perfectly between Los Angeles and San Francisco in beautiful Monterey County.
For the past nine years, The Do LaB has shattered all conceptions of the modern gathering, producing the most innovative and inspiring events on the international circuit. Lightning in a Bottle is a fusion of electronic music and introspective qualities of installation art, live performance, spiritual workshops, and an overarching embodiment of cultural and environmental consciousness. Through this focus on unique creativity, Lightning in a Bottle is its own class of gathering. 

Much of Lightning in a Bottle’s intimate singularity is expressed through The Lucent Temple of Consciousness, an amazing sanctuary for all participants to enrich the soul and inspire the spirit. The 2014 schedule inside the Lucent Temple, built out of recycled and found objects, will include over 300 different experiences in yoga, workshops, speakers and exotic world music.

If you didn’t see the little video I posted on this a few weeks ago, check it out here!

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Stream Phantogram’s New Album VOICES

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NPR has premiered the new PHANTOGRAM record Voices in its entirety as part of their exclusive FIRST LISTEN series. Due out February 18th via Republic Records, Voices can be heard now!

Stream: Phantogram – Voices (via NPR)

Phantogram will be taking to the road this spring in support of the record, with a full US tour that begins April 4th in Pittsburgh, PA. (YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!)

Phantogram have also  premiered the video for “Fall In Love”, the critically-acclaimed first single from Voices.

The pre-order for Voices is available now —

Pre-order via iTunes

Pre-order via Amazon

Listeners who pre-order the entire record will get an instant download of tracks “Bill Murray”, “Nothing But Trouble”, and “Fall In Love”.

In addition to the full US tour, Phantogram will also be performing on the West Coast during the week of the record’s release, making the following stops:

02.20.14          Oakland, CA                             Fox Theatre – SOLD OUT
02.21.14          Sacramento, CA                     Ace of Spades
02.22.14          Los Angeles, CA                     Hollywood Palladium – SOLD OUT
02.23.14          Ventura, CA                             Ventura Theatre

After featured performances at the Maverick Music Festival in San Antonio Texas on March 21st and the Buku Music & Art Project in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 22ndPhantogram will embark on a full U.S. tour:

04.04               Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE
04.05               Columbus, OH                        LC Pavilion
04.06               Cincinnati, OH                        20th Century Theatre
04.08               St. Louis, MO                          The Pageant
04.10               Chicago, IL                              Riviera Theatre
04.11               Milwaukee, WI                        Pabst Theatre
04.12               Madison, WI                            Majestic Theatre
04.13               Minneapolis, MI                      First Avenue
04.15               Denver, CO                            Ogden Theatre
04.16               Salt Lake City, UT                  In The Venue
04.18               Tempe, AZ                             Marquee Theatre
04.19               Albuquerque, NM                  Sunshine Theater
04.21               Tulsa, OK                              Cain’s Ballroom
04.23               Dallas, TX                             South Side Music Hall
04.25               Houston, TX                          Warehouse Live
04.27               Atlanta, GA                            Counterpoint Festival
05.23-25          George, WA                           Sasquatch! Festival
06.20-22          Dover, DE                               Firefly Music Festival

Recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer John Hill (Santigold, MIA), Voices follows up the group’s celebrated self-titled EP, which spawned the track “Black Out Days”. Phantogram’s full-length debut Eyelid Movies [2010, Barsuk] and Nightlife EP [2011, Barsuk] established them as one of music’s most intriguing indie outfits. Soon, the likes of The Flaming Lips and Big Boi [Outkast] began seeking them out for studio collaborations. Republic Records also recognized their spirit and joined forces with them in 2013.

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Looking Ahead to 2014

Here’s some upcoming titles that I am excited about for the new year!

broken_bells_after_the_discoBroken Bells – After The Disco (January 14, 2014)

bombay-bicycle-club-so-long-see-you-tomorrow-678x678Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow (February 4, 2014)

images (1)Gardens & Villa – Dunes (February 4, 2014)

PhantogramPhantogram – Voices (February 18, 2014)

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Elbow – (Currently untitled with working title All At Once) (March 10, 2014)

MetronomyMetronomy – Love Letters (March 10, 2014)

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Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education & War (April 1, 2014)

 

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Video: Phantogram – “Black Out Days”

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Brand New: Phantogram – “Fall In Love”

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Phantogram have set February 18, 2014 as the release date for their forthcoming new album, Voices.

This is the critically acclaimed New York duo’s first major-label full-length, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated albums of the new year. The pre-order for Voices went live yesterday

Pre-order via iTunes

Pre-order via Amazon

Moreover, fans who pre-order from iTunes will receive an instant download of the band’s brand new single “Fall In Love”, which is also available at other digital retailers today, and as the A-side of a limited-edition 7″ vinyl single at physical retailers in early 2014.

Before the official radio add date, “Fall In Love” is already captivating radio gatekeepers and fans alike. Its effect proved so powerful that multiple stations in major markets added the song into early rotation. Over the past week “Fall In Love” has become the most-added track at Alternative Radio, and it continues to rise. Feedback has been just as astounding.

The song itself sees duo Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter craft a cerebral and charismatic gateway into the record’s lush landscapes and entrancing lyricism. It’s elegant electronic alternative pop fortified by hip-hop futurism and electro soul. You’ll instantly fall for it.

Phantogram will be performing on the West Coast during the week of the record’s release, making the following stops:

02.20.14          Oakland, CA               Fox Theatre
02.22.14          Los Angeles, CA         Wiltern Theatre
02.23.14          Ventura, CA                Ventura Theatre

Voices follows up the group’s celebrated self-titled EP, which spawned the track “Black Out Days”. Phantogram performed the song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in the midst of a triumphant fall tour that saw the pair and their live band headline numerous sold-out houses as well as an unforgettable performance at the historic Hollywood Bowl supporting M83.

Recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer John Hill (Santigold, MIA), Voices resounds immortally. Phantograms full-length debut Eyelid Movies [2010, Barsuk] and Nightlife EP [2011, Barsuk] established them as one of music’s most intriguing indie outfits. Soon, the likes of The Flaming Lips and Big Boi [Outkast] began seeking them out for studio collaborations. Republic Records also recognized their spirit and joined forces with them in 2013.

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RAC – Chapter One

RAC put out a new album. It includes some of their best remixes over the past two years! Check it out! My faves are their remixes of Phantogram’s “When I’m Small”, The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” and Theophilus London’s “Why Even Try”.

Listen/download: RAC – Chapter One

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Snoop Dogg To Headline 2nd Annual Pacific Festival

Steve Aoki and Pacific Festival Entertainment are pleased to announce the addition of Snoop Dogg as the official festival headliner to the 2nd annual Pacific Festival: OC which will be held on August 13 (10am – 12am).  The festival will be held at the picturesque Oak Canyon Ranch near Irvine Lake in Silverado, CA.  Tickets are now on sale at www.pacificfestival.com.

The 2nd Annual Summer Festival is set to be Southern California’s premiere event for fun in the sun and FILTERMagazine.com has already placed Pacific Festival: OC in their “Top Five Most Anticipated Summer Festivals” list. With such a strong lineup,the renowned KCRW and both LA/OC Weekly have recently jumped on board as official media sponsors for the festival.  This year’s event will be offering entertainment from over 50 live acts and DJs from around the world.  Artists scheduled to appear include:  SNOOP DOGG, CUT COPY, STEVE AOKI, CALVIN HARRIS, GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY, !!! (CHK CHK CHK), PHANTOGRAM, TORO Y MOI, BAG RAIDERS, ZEDS DEAD, THE TWELVES, CLASSIXX, FRED FALKE, AFROMAN, ZOOT WOMAN, THE GROWLERS, HANNI EL KHATIB, JACQUES RENAULT, BIRD PETERSON, SUPERHUMANOIDS, POOLSIDE, AUTOEROTIQUE, ALI LOVE, DANGEROUS DAN & GUS DA HOODRAT (BANG GANG DEEJAYS), MR. WHITE, THE C90S, JUSTIN MILLER, COSMIC KIDS, THEM JEANS, POSSO, DAN SENA, AMERICAN ROYALTY, FIFINASTY, KEDD COOK, WISHENGRAD, FRANKIE WILDE, BONES, G.L.O.V.E.S., GUNS IN THE SUN DEEJAYS, STEFFI GRAF, BRADY MILLER, MORGAN COLLETT, CASSETTE, BRAZZABELLE, ISAIAH MARTIN, TROPICOOL & MO: ROCKIN with more to be announced each week.

The event has been designed as music festival for a wide range of genres and offers the finest amenities and production for attendees.  Both VIP and VIP Hosted Bartickets will be available for guests looking for a first class experience.  For those participating in the VIP Hosted Bar,hospitality and cabana services courtesy of Voyeur Nightclub and Chosen Hospitality Group will be available.  To add to the all around experience, Pacific Festival: OC has paired with the Hyatt Regency Irvine located only minutes away from all the festival action. The Hyatt Regency Irvine will be offering room discounts for festival attendees as well as a park and ride shuttle service.  Furthermore, Roaming Hunger will be hand picking a variety of Southern California’s best food trucks to ensure attendees have a plethora of exciting local fare throughout the event.

Pacific Festival: OC has specifically been curated to entertain attendees from morning to night and with Red Bull on board as an official sponsor, the festival is sure to keep the energy level high.   Co-hosted by Steve Aoki and world-renowned celebrity photographer, The Cobra Snake, Pacific Festival: OC will also be catering to your visual senses with art installations, which will include the legendary Shagadelica double decker bus from Burning Man. In addition, Pacific Festival: OC believes it is important to give back to the community and has paired with Surfrider to donate one dollar from every ticket sold to help protect California’s coastline.

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