Los Angeles-based indie-pop band Beginners will release their brand new “white-hot scorcher” (Neon Gold) sophomore EP Pleaser on September 16th. A formidable follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut which garnered over 4 million Spotify streams, numerous TV syncs, and tour dates with artists such as Walk The Moon and Tove Lo, Pleaser features catchy dance melodies with a rock ‘n roll vigor and clever lyrics ranging from feel good to biting. Today, their new single premiered for their underdog anthem “What We Are”.
The sun-soaked indie pop track is “about my childhood in Indiana,” front-woman Samantha Barbera told Interview. “When I was growing up, my mom struggled financially and we were forced to live off of food stamps. Despite being poor in an otherwise wealthy town, she always instilled an impenetrable sense of confidence in me. I still have vivid memories of riding my second-hand bike around my neighborhood, wearing a giant gold medallion from the 70s that I took from my mom’s jewelry box, feeling like I owned the streets. It’s an underdog anthem about being proud of who you are, regardless of what anyone tells you.”
Pleaser is an ode to the thin line between love and hate. Pulsing singles like “Gangsters or Lovers” and “What We Are” leave no choice but to move to the contagious beats and guitar riffs. The Black Keys meet Yeezus in the tongue-in-cheek revenge ballad “I F*cking Hate You” where Barbera’s bluesy vocal melody delivers sultry lyrics with a violent twist. Gritty dance track “Making Love to the Dead” reveals how passion can turn to pain in a soul-sucking industry designed to churn out marketable hits, while hypnotic closer “Melting Into One” evokes the intoxicating power of young love. At first listen, I also immediately heard notes similar to that of Santigold.
Beginners delivers dark garage rock with a shimmery electronic pop veneer influenced by years of cutting their teeth in the LA punk scene. The band’s sound and lyrics ride a line between glossy and gritty, creating hooks that are at once magnetically catchy and unsettlingly honest. Their single “Who Knows”
off their first EP launched the band two years ago resulting in buzz from Rolling Stone
, Perez Hilton
, Huffington Post
, and TV syncs on shows including New Girl
and commercials for Ray Ban, Skullcandy, and Miller Lite.
Smallpools, the Los Angeles 4-piece announce two new tours today. After headlining the sold out Neon Gold’s Popshop West party on September 4th, the band will divide their time between the studio working on the full-length debut and touring with Walk The Moon in October and 21 Pilots in November. The foursome consist of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums), just finished their tour with San Cisco
to a wild response.The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim. Neon Gold
calls “Mason Jar”
“a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men
gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools’ youthful, Two Door
Their first single “Dreaming” was produced by Captain Cuts and instantly shot to #1 of Hype Machine within the first 3 days of its revealing. Check out where I originally posted “Dreaming” and a couple other remixes here
AND check out the latest remix below.
Smallpools live dates:
$ with Walk The Moon
* with 21 Pilots
- 09/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (SOLD OUT)
- 09/08 – Syracuse, NY @ Syracuse University
- 09/16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 09/21 – Oceanside, CA @ 94.9 FM Independence Jam (w/ Cage The Elephant)
- 09/26 – Laramie, WY @ University of Wyoming
- 10/08 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues $
- 10/09 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues $
- 10/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom $
- 10/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater $
- 10/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory $
- 10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom $
- 10/18 – Hollywood, CA @ The Palladium $
- 10/21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater $
- 10/22 – Vancouver, CAN @ Vogue Theater $
- 10/23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO $
- 10/24 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory $
- 10/26 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater $
- 10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue $
- 10/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater $
- 10/31 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theater $
- 11/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
- 11/29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *
- 11/30 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore (89x show) *
- 12/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Australian rock sensations The Rubens to its roster. The band – which is brothers Sam Margin (vocals/guitar), Elliott Margin (keyboards), and Zaac Margin (guitar), plus their longtime friend Scott Baldwin (drums) – hail from the tiny rural town of Menangle in New South Wales (population 327) and have been on a whirlwind journey since forming in 2011. They have gone from being total unknowns to enjoying strong support from Australia’s influential radio station Triple J and playing the main stage at one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, Splendour in the Grass, alongside Jack White and Bloc Party. The Rubens also opened for The Black Keys in New Zealand and have been selected to support Bruce Springsteen during his tour of Australia this March.
The Rubens’ self-titled debut album, which was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Regina Spektor), has already won over a legion of fans with its rich, soulful take on blues rock. The album debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA chart and sold more than 10K its first week, shooting to No. 1 on iTunes Australia. The album’s first single, “My Gun,” as well as the album itself, has been certified gold in Australia and has spent multiple weeks at No. 1 on Triple J.
The Rubens will make their U.S. debut performing at SXSW and touring here in March. Prior to that, the band will tour the UK and Europe with Walk The Moon beginning February 20th. The band are pleased to announce their first-ever headlining shows outside of Australia as follows:
- Feb 19 Sebright Arms London, England
- Mar 11 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
- Mar 20 TBC San Francisco, CA
- Mar 21 The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA
Warner Bros. Records will release The Rubens’ album on June 11th.
Vacationer (Downtown Records) announces the worldwide release of their visually stunning video for single, “Trip.” The video was shot on Oahu’s North Shore by surf cult cinematographer Dave Homcy.
Vacationer teamed up with Lomography, the international community dedicated to analogue photography, for the filming, the first partnership of this kind. The video was shot on Lomography’s old school-esque LomoKino 35mm movie camera.
“The LomoKino cameras that we used to film this played a huge role in this video. Its character played a major role in the final cut. The visual effect of modern footage captured by analog means complement the essence of our musical production. Warm, choppy, and vibrant are all adjectives I’d use to describe the LomoKino’s developed film, they are also words I would hope people use to describe Vacationer music. The marriage of the two makes total sense to me. I hope everyone enjoys this,” says lead singer Kenny Vasoli.
Vacationer will go back out on the road this fall with Bombay Bicycle Club, after touring with Naked and Famous, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Tennis and Walk The Moon. Their debut album, Gone was released this spring through Downtown Records.
The 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) is back and bigger than ever! Bring Our Music Back, Inc. along with Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr. are proud to announce the diverse group of artists that has been assembled for 2011. Watch the lineup announcement HERE. For the first time, this year’s festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29), will be at the Festival Grounds of B.O.M.B. Fest’s new site partner, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT — a short train ride from New York City, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale via BombFest.com at 6 a.m. EST on March 4th.
B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 has assembled its most ambitious lineup to date, bringing together some of the best names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, giving the East Coast its own premiere music festival. The price for two-day passes will cost $109. Official festival website can be found at www.bombfest.com.
All proceeds from the festival will benefit Bring Our Music Back, Inc. which is committed to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. In addition, one of this year’s charitable initiatives includes the creation of an Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University.
2011 B.O.M.B. Fest Lineup:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Coheed And Cambria
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
The New Pornographers
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience
The Cool Kids
Portugal. The Man
Dum Dum Girls
The Felice Brothers
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
The Hood Internet
River City Extension
David Wax Museum
Roots of Creation
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Walk the Moon
Also featuring more than 25 local artists!
About Bring Our Music Back, Inc.:
BRING OUR MUSIC BACK, INC. is dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. Our mission is to support burgeoning musical talent, programs and services in our communities by fostering the artistic development of youth preserving music as a viable art form. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is all about MUSIC WITH PURPOSE! Some of the enrichment initiatives championed by Bring Our Music Back, Inc. include artist mentorships and music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives, community support and music awareness and community and cultural outreach. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is proud to support music therapy programs with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Hospice of Connecticut.
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