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Boy & Bear Top 15 At Triple A, Sold-Out Tour Dates, SXSW Schedule Announced

As Australia’s Boy & Bear prepare for their Stateside return next week for SXSW, their lead single “Southern Sun” continues to rapidly climb the Triple A Top 30 Chart, coming in at #13 this week. Their spring headline tour begins immediately after SXSW in Denver on March 19, and dates are already selling out, including New York City’s Bowery Ballroom (3/24), Cambridge’s The Sinclair (3/26), San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill (4/8), Los Angeles’s Troubadour (4/9) and more. Tickets are on sale now and the full list of dates can be found below.

Harlequin Dream was recorded at Australia's legendary Alberts Studio, produced by Boy & Bear and ARIA-award winner Wayne Connolly and mixed by Seattle-based Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, The Shins, Father John Misty). Spotify users can listen to the band’s exclusive track-by-track commentary HERE.

The album has received huge amounts of praise and accolades in Australia and the UK, where the band has just returned from a sold-out tour. See what the UK media are saying:

BET.com Premieres Chris Baston's New Video For "Windows"


"Batson's emotional vocals cut to the heart of the matter." -Complex.com

In the video for Chris Batson's new single, "Windows," the 22-year-old L.A.-based singer/songwriter/producer takes an already emotional song to another level with a concept to which anyone with a heart in their chest can relate. -BET.com

Chris Batson brings sheer emotion and a stimulating sound to Alt-R&B/Soul music. "Windows" is a deep song that deals with loss and letting go, the video exemplifies the pain and reality of love in real-life. Batson's new video features actress/model Aurelia Scheppers as the leading lady, and portrays the multiple emotions of a young couple faced with separation when the husband is called to serve his country in the military. The visual for "Windows" is the last installment from a trilogy of videos on Batson's We Got Lost Along The Way EP that follows the same female protagonist as she contends with the consequences of her actions. Chris broke down the back story on writing the song "Windows" during an extremely candid EP Confessional taped for his fans, check it out here: www.tinyurl.com/batsonconfessionals.

Nettwerk UK Receives Music Week Award Nomination For Best Independent Record Company

Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce that Nettwerk UK has been nominated for a Music Week Award in the category of Best Independent Record Company, alongside fellow indie labels Domino, Matador, Bella Union and more.  The awards will take place Thursday, April 24 at The Brewery in Cenrtal London.  

Nettwerk UK saw huge success over the past year with Passenger's "Let Her Go," which was the biggest selling British single and one of only four British singles to sell over 1 million copies last year. The track was also nominated for a Brit Award in the category of "Best British Single." 2014 is gearing up to be another great year for Nettwerk UK, with the recently released, critically acclaimed album (Harlequin Dream) and sold-out UK tour from Australia's Boy & Bear, and highly-anticipated debut albums from the much buzzed about NYC tropical grit pop Ghost Beach and the UK's own NME-approved Coves.

Nettwerk Music. Best. Party. Ever. (SXSW 2014)

Gruff Rhys Announces The First Single From 'American Interior'

Gruff Rhys announces details of the first single from his forthcoming album American Interior. The title track from Gruff’s luscious sonic travelogue about the incredible true journey of Welshman John Evans is available to listen to now on Soundcloud. It is officially released on April 28th. Gruff’s fourth solo album is due for release on Turnstile on May 5th.

Andy Caldwell Reclaims Deep House Roots With New Single “Hold The Line” Feat. Lisa Shaw, Out Today


"'Hold The Line,’ featuring songstress Lisa Shaw’s buttery vocals, is Caldwell’s deep house homecoming. The song’s polished melody and full-tuned bassline are strung together for a grooving edit; equal parts danceable and hypnotic.” – Vibe.com

Grammy-Nominated DJ/Producer Andy Caldwell reclaims his Deep House roots with new single, “Hold The Line” featuring Lisa Shaw. The single is out today, and premiered yesterday on Vibe.com (here: http://bit.ly/1cjUj3W).

Two remixes will follow the single release on March 4. WhiteNoize’s minimal approach goes deeper than the original, but with a punchier bassline. The second remix, a team effort between Hazzarro and Jerome Robbins, goes the other way with bigger productions – keys, percussive elements and a straight ahead, fully-charged 4-4 beat matched to a classic House groove that’s sure to get bodies on the dance-floor.

In Case You Missed It: Passenger On The Today Show

Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, made his Today Show debut this morning with a performance of his hit single “Let Her Go.” The song, which has over 200 Million views on Youtube, recently peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 at Hot AC and Triple A Radio.

Ghost Beach Drops "Without You" via Noisey; Announces Dates With RAC And The Sounds


"Ghost Beach are the Venn diagram of their influences—Peter Gabriel,
Talking Heads, The Police, and Daft Punk—and then some, thanks to
a shitload of synths, some nostalgic 80s sonics and even the occasional reggae
groove. The sound is unmistakably their own.” – VICE’s Noisey

“If you can get people dancing as early as noon.
You're good. They did." – NPR’s All Songs Considered

“…a radiant and catchy cut fit for a tropical island
dance party.” – Consequence of Sound

Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach will release their debut album, Blonde, on March 4. Perfecting their unique blend of retro & futuristic soaring synth pop, the band previously shared party-starting album cut “On My Side,” featured on People Magazine + “Every Time We Touch,” a funk-infused blazer, strapped with an infectious bassline & classic house beats.

VICE’s Noisey just unleashed another unmistakable Ghost Beach hit in the form of Blonde album cut, “Without You.” Showcasing their love for influences Ace of Base & UB40, the track features a full-on reggae vibe complemented perfectly by the duo’s distinctive, cutting-edge contemporary touch.

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Current Swell Set To Release New Album 'Ulysses' On May 6, 2014

Victoria, B.C.’s Current Swell are set to release their new album, Ulysses, on May 6, 2014. The 12-tracks on Ulysses perfectly deliver the band’s textured, deep-groove sound while capturing the energy of their live show, which has earned them scores of fans across The Americas, Australia and Europe. The band will debut many of these new songs next month in Austin during SXSW (showcases tba).

Ulysses was produced by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Giant Stand) at Vancouver’s iconic Greenhouse Studios. The album captures every bit of warmth the studio’s massive Neve console could provide, as heard on “Rollin’” (a showcase for vocalist/guitarist Scott Stanton’s exemplary slide work), the title track “Ulysses,” rocker “Keys to the Kingdom” and the readymade sing-along “One Day I’ll Be Rich.”

Listen To (& Share!) New Song “Rollin” Here:

Nettwerk Signs Madi Diaz To Its Label Roster

Catch Up With Madi Diaz On Last Call With Carson Daly

Nettwerk Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Madi Diaz to its label roster. Diaz, who debuted new material during her month-long residency at LA’s Bootleg Theatre last summer, is putting the final touches on her upcoming full-length album, due out this summer. She’ll give industry and music lovers alike a taste of what’s to come when she heads to Austin next month for SXSW (showcase details TBA).

Madi’s captivating, high-energy songs manage to conjure all the apprehensions of youth and heartbreak into a guileless, giddy sort of strength. Her new music takes on grungy, pulsating bass lines that open up to shimmering, expansive chords, punchy drumbeats, and unfettered vocal swagger.