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Newest Love: The Royal Concept – “Fashion”


The Royal Concept’s highly anticipated new EP, Smile is available today! (Click here to get it!)

Check out the first single Fashion from the critically acclaimed Swedish alternative pop outfit. The track shimmies back and forth from bright synths into a robust pop hook.

To record the EP, the quartet— David Larson [vocals], Filip Bekic [guitar], Magnus Robert [bass], and Frans Povel [drums]—hit a Los Angeles studio earlier this year with producer Tony Hoffer [M83, Phoenix, Depeche Mode, The Kooks] behind the board. Now, the collection’s five tracks bristle with an unshakable energy and swaggering charm.

The Royal Concept ignited an international buzz with their 2013 smash D-D-Dance.” It soared to #2 on Hype Machine, as follow-up songs “Gimme Twice” and “World on Fire” landed at #3 on #1. Their debut The Royal EP also saw them receive coverage from Rolling StoneBillboardFILTER MagazineAlternative Addiction!, and more. Meanwhile, Examiner predicted, “there are big things ahead of this group” and Glamour proclaimed “Gimme Twice” “one of this summer’s big hit songs.”  “On Our Way” became their biggest hit, landing over 25 syncs including GleeFIFA 14, and more. Online, combined video views exceed 10.5 million.

1.       Smile
2.       Fashion
3.       Higher Than Love
4.       Hurricane
5.       Just Wanna Be Loved By U

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Album Stream: Yukon Blonde – On Blonde


“A wildly diverse set of uptempo pop tunes built on thunderous bass lines, spot-on vocal harmonies and the band’s typically sunny guitar riffs. There’s plenty here that would feel at home on a 1980s John Hughes soundtrack—and even dashes of Purple Rain-era Prince.” – SPIN

“The band’s previous releases recalled Fleet Foxes and other pastoral-minded ’70s rock, however, it’s latest offering has more in common with the likes of psychedelic contemporaries Tame Impala.” – Consequence of Sound

“Yukon Blonde have built up a catalogue of perfectly crafted pop songs, but their forthcoming album On Blonde has them expanding into a more sophisticated dance rock sound.” Stereogum

“…dynamic landscapes of psychedelic and synth pop waves that’ll have you ready to go late into the evening.” – Paste

“Yukon Blonde have a special touch when it comes to indie pop.” – KCRW 

Yukon Blonde reveal their third-full length album On Blonde, streaming exclusively with SPIN now until release on June 16 via Dine Alone Records. Produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, Sleepy Sun) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Foster the People, Air, Depeche Mode), On Blonde recalls the band’s trademark hard-hitting choruses, highlighted by shimmering pop production.  Yukon Blonde emerges with an ambitious, fully realized psychedelic pop album.

On Blonde brings the mastery of seamlessly crafted pop songs that has become expected of Yukon Blonde while experimenting with psychedelic, digital, and synthetic sounds. It is an album gazing wistfully away towards the more shadowy elements of pop production, soft synthesizers, thin punching bass lines, and saturated psychedelic guitar effects. The result is a dynamic, visceral, sonically dense record that stays incredibly accessible to the listener.

Revered for their energetic live performance, Yukon Blonde kicks off their U.S. summer tour in July. Catch a special preview of the band live in NYC next week when they headline Piano’s Monday June 15 and Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on 6/16 (album release day). Full dates listed below.


Tour Dates:
6/15: New York, NY @ Piano’s
6/16: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
7/14: San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
7/16: Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
7/17: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
7/18: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
7/21: San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
7/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
7/23: Austin, TX @ Stubbs
7/27: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
7/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
7/29: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
8/1: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
8/2: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

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News From The Griswolds


Sydney sweethearts, The Griswoldsjust put the finishing touches on their highly anticipated debut album with Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Beck). Their first single will be “Beware The Dog.” “This is the first song Dan and I ever wrote together. It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey – the good and the bad times,” said Christopher Whitehall.

Last year The Griswolds released their infectious four-song Heart of a Lion EP and upon the release of its first single, “Heart of a Lion,” it was immediately added into high rotation in Australia on triple j radio and was one of the station’s most played tracks of the year. The international airwaves were quick to take notice with the song attracting airplay in over 20 countries worldwide and it also reached #3 on the radio airplay charts in The Netherlands via tastemaker station 3FM and was an iTunes single of the week in the region.

Stateside, the release had critics and fans buzzing alike not only with the songs themselves but with their creative videos which all had noteworthy premieres – “Mississippi” was featured on MTV Buzzworthy and I posted about it HERE; the visualizer for the Magic Man remix of the song premiered on Neon Gold, and “The Courtship of Summer Preasley” premiered with Musically Amusing HERE.

The Griswolds just wrapped a tour in Australia with St. Lucia which had one of Australia’s leading music blogs, Tone Deaf boasting that they, “…put on an incredible support set that could have easily been redefined as a co-headline spot. The quintet oozed tropical flamboyance and Aussie ambience, and brought with them a euphoric lasso that hooked audiences from the get-go…‘Beware Of The Dog’, showcased the band’s impressive harmonies and raw heavy percussion, giving the song an infectious live presence that, in hindsight, rivaled many of the headliner’s moments.”

They also came off some great shows at SXSW to packed houses and rave reviews including making many best of lists such as, The Huffington Post naming them as “30 SXSW Acts About to Break,” The Atlantic “18 Bands to Check Out From South by Southwest 2014,”Buzzfeed “50 Acts You Need To Hear,” AU Review naming the band as “Best Australian Artist at SXSW: The Griswolds” and Reverb naming them in their “The best shows at SXSW 2014” list.

The Griswolds will be playing shows throughout the rest of the year including Bonnaroo and Firefly as well as select dates with Gemini Club.  More dates will be announced soon.

The Griswolds are also currently running a Pledge Music pre-order campaign which gives fans access to exclusive updates and content from the band, plus options for unique merchandise and experiences bundled with an album pre-order.  A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the ASPCA / RSCPA.  Get more information here:http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thegriswolds

The Griswolds are Christopher Whitehall (Vocals), Daniel Duque-Perez (Guitars), Lachlan West (Keyboard / Percussion) and Tim John (Bass).

6/13/14 to 6/15/14 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
6/17/14 –Great Scott – Allston, MA – w/Gemini Club
6/18/14 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY – w/Gemini Club
6/19/14 to 6/22/14 – Firefly – Dover, DE
6/19/14 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC – w/Gemini Club
6/20/14 – Boot and Saddle – Philadelphia, PA – w/Gemini Club
6/24/14 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA – w/Gemini Club
6/25/14 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH – w/Gemini Club
6/27/14 – DO 317 – Indianapolis, IN – w/Gemini Club

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New Album: Strange Talk – Cast Away


Strange Talk just released their self-produced Wind-up Records debut album Cast Away on April 29, 2014.  All songs on the album were mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix) with the exception of “Climbing Walls,” “Eskimo Boy” and “Is It Real?” which were mixed by Eliot James (Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club).  The album streamed in its entirety before it hit stores through Billboard’s website.

Stream Album: Strange Talk – Cast Away

Strange Talk’s anthemic electro-tinged debut single “Young Hearts” was produced by Captain Cuts (Grouplove, Smallpools, The Mowgli’s) and mixed by Tony Hoffer. The music video for “Young Hearts,” directed by Mathematics (award winning director of Empire of The Sun’s “Walking on a Dream” video) premiered on VEVO.

Shazam the video to unlock a free download of The Chainsmokers remix of “Young Hearts.” The song immediately shot to #1 on Hype Machine and has garnered over 1,200,000 plays to date.

Listen: Strange Talk – “Young Hearts” (The Chainsmokers remix)

Strange Talk was also #1 Billboard Uncharted for “Climbing Walls.”   They played multiple SXSW Shows to rave reviews – press coverage included “30 SXSW Acts About to Break” in Huffington Post, “50 Acts You Need To Hear” on Buzzfeed and “25 Songs From SXSW That Will Stick In Your Head” in Elite Millennial among others.  The band has had some noteworthy syncs recently including “Morning Sun,” featured in and on the soundtrack of the Zac Efron film That Awkward Moment and in the April 1st episode of GLEE.  “Climbing Walls” was featured in American Eagle Project Live Your Life Campaign and Cheer, “Cast Away” was used in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and 90210 among others.  They are currently on tour throughout the United States; their May 14th Los Angeles date with Broods is now sold out.



Mon 05/12/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Bardot
Wed 05/14/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo w/BROODS – SOLD OUT!!!
Fri 05/16/14 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene w/ The Hundred Days, Cub Sport
Sun 05/18/14 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/CHAD VALLEY
Mon 05/19/14 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Thu 05/22/14 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Fri 05/23/14 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
Tue 05/27/14 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Wed 05/28/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade

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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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Free Download: Boots Electric – “I Love You All The Thyme”

After bestowing the videos for “Boots Electric Theme” and “Complexity” upon us, Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes is sharing a third track from his solo project, Boots Electric. The track finds Hughes showing a different side from his notorious winking, seductive persona that gets all the girls.  Instead, “I Love You All The Thyme” is a moment of genuine pining for someone he loves that seems to have their eye on someone else.  The song is on Honkey Kong (Dangerbird Records), Hughes’ debut album under the Boots Electric moniker.  The album was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Depeche Mode, The Kooks) and co-written with legendary keyboardist Money Mark, best known for his many collaborations with the Beastie Boys.

After creating three albums of dirty and danceable garage rock anthems as the frontman of Eagles of Death Metal,  Hughes expands his sonic palette as Boots Electric while continuing to deliver the hooks that he’s known for.  The electronic drums that kick off opening track “Complexity” immediately signal the new direction.  The track is a mix of glam-pop, keyboard-heavy dance grooves, and Hughes’ signature brand of rock ‘n roll grit that drips with swagger.   Elsewhere, he tries on space-funk synths on the track “Boots Electric” and “Trippy Blob” has some of his most absurdist lyrics yet. Hughes continues to show his earnest side on tracks like “No Ffun” is an honest-to-goodness ballad and “Swallowed by the Night” is a soulful slice of honky tonk gold.  Honkey Kong reveals what many already knew – beneath the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and his charismatic strut, Hughes has always been a gifted pop songwriter at heart.  Boots Electric is coming out of the closet.

Listen/download: Boots Electric – “I Love You All The Thyme”

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