The Pack A.D., the Vancouver-based band NPR described as a “fantastically gritty rock duo” and RCRD LBL said ”pound punk and garage rock into a fuzzy pulp,” have announced the first leg of their 2014 tour, which stretches across North America and kicks off January 31 at Barboza in Seattle.
Becky Black (vocals/guitar) and Maya Miller (drums) recently announced the Jan. 28 release of Do Not Engage, their full-length Nettwerk Records’ debut, which was produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki, Dirtbombs) and recorded in a Motor City chicken-processing plant.
“He’s very easy to work with,” said Miller. “He really gets us. All his instincts are very much anything that we would think of at any given time. We’re all sort of organically working together and it’s really easy. It’s just like friends hanging out. We didn’t go out looking for a producer, let’s put it that way. That came naturally. We were friends first and it kinda went from there, and that’s how we try to approach everything with our music.”
Last Call with Carson Daly caught up with The Pack A.D. while they were in Los Angeles for Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. The segment, which includes both an interview and live performance footage, can be viewed HERE. AXS Live aired two songs from the band’s recent Los Angeles performances: “Animal” and “TheWater." Watch the "Animal" performance above.
After several years abroad, Australia’s Boy & Bear announce their much-anticipated return to North America to support their sophomore effort and Nettwerk debut Harlequin Dream (available now at iTunes).
Known for their remarkable live performance, Boy & Bear made their first appearance on North American shores in 2011 at Lollapalooza, where they impressed the crowd with beautifully crafted songs infused with guitar riffs, mandolins, keys, banjos and lush vocal harmonies.
Lead single "Southern Sun" is a shining example of that dreamy pop panache and vivid storytelling. Coasting along on a lilting acoustic guitar, it builds into an undeniable hook. "It's a really simple song," says lead vocalist Dave Hosking. "I was always fascinated by something like America's 'Horse with No Name'. The song is only two chords, but it's completely captivating. That was in my mind. The longer I do this, the more I appreciate subtlety in music." Watch the official music video for "Southern Sun" above.
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, Sea Wolf, The Walkmen, Father John Misty). Certified Gold and already #1 in Australia, Harlequin Dream is nominated for several ARIA Awards, including Best Group, Best Rock Album and Producer Of The Year. This follows their award-winning debut LP Moonfire, which won five awards at the 2011 ARIAs, including the coveted album and group categories: Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Album, Breakthrough Single and Best Adult Alternative Album.
Last month, indie blog Made of Chalkcaught up with BOY in Chicago at Lincoln Hall. Check out the video they put together of the band performing their infectious single "Little Numbers" with the full six-piece band above!
Acclaimed U.S. producer/DJ and two-time Grammy Nominee Morgan Page releases new single “Against the World” with Michael S. - out now on Beatport and November 19 via all other DSPs.
"It's all about the song," says Page. “Against The World” combines one of the genre's best vocal producers with one of its strongest vocal performers to deliver an emotionally charged and uplifting song.
The track comes out just in time for the November leg of the Morgan Page Presents 3D tour. Since October, the tour brings Page’s acclaimed performances to over 50+ US and Canadian cities and features a revolving roster of handpicked developing talent from around the world. Morgan personally sought out the brightest rising stars from around the world, each making a name for themselves within the dance music genre. Special guests for the remaining dates are Beltek and Topher Jones.
“12 Stories is one of those rare albums whose every song is worth hearing — every one is that striking, that textured and finely detailed.” – NPR
“Brandy Clark, [Kacey] Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Jessie Jo Dillon and Mark Stephen Jones are among a friendly gang of co-conspirators who are finding fresh ways to write successful contemporary country songs.” – USA Today “Find this record and listen to a dozen dazzlingly witty and insightful takes on…neglected and/or mistreated women (‘Crazy Women,’ ‘The Day She Got Divorced’)… and the pros and cons of chemical mood enhancers (‘Hungover,’ ‘Get High’).” –LA Times
Country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark is taking Nashville by storm with her acclaimed debut album, 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records), which reached #5 on the iTunes Country Chart, #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #28 on the Billboard Country Chart.
A talented songwriter herself (she recently received a CMA nomination for Song of the Year with Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), Clark also enlisted the help of some of Nashville’s finest young writers, including Nettwerk One/Revelry client Jessie Jo Dillon. Dillon contributed three tracks to 12 Stories: “Crazy Women,” “Just Like Him,” and “Hungover,” the album’s second single.
Tastemakers across country music are chiming in on 12 Stories, including some famous friends. Kelly Clarkson admitted via Twitter that Dillon-penned song “Just Like Him” made her “tear up like a baby”…”great song” she says. See more tweets below.
"If you can get people dancing as early as noon. You're good. They did." - NPR ‘All Songs Considered’
"Channeling the groove-driven hooks of Steve Winwood and the raw emotion of Tears for Fears, Brooklyn “tropical grit-pop” duo Ghost Beach manage to tap into urban synth-pop zeitgeist without sacrificing traditional musicality or authentic feeling."
– American Songwriter
"On the official Miracle remixes EP, Le Youth takes the original’s contagious pop hooks and tropicool vibes and twists them into a silky smooth nu disco output that flutters and swings with impeccable precision." – Dancing Astronaut
Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach release Miracle (Remixes) EP via Nettwerk Records today. Formed in 2012, the duo of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn have perfected a blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth pop that can best be described as Tropical Grit Pop.
Miracle (Remixes) EP will include the album version, as well as several remixes of the title track by Le Youth, DallasK and Nathan C. East coast meets west coast when Los Angeles-based Le Youth does a funky disco remix of “Miracle.” Nathan C remixes the track into a driving progressive house track while DallasK takes the synth-heavy route, pairing lush saw sounds with guitars.
On February 18, William Fitzsimmons will release Lions, his follow-up LP to 2010’s well-received Gold In The Shadow. Produced by Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie with previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists and The Postal Service among others), Lions is a career-defining album that explores Fitzsimmons’ personal transformation over the last few years.
“The last couple years have been...full (kind of difficult to describe years in a single word). They have been wonderful, painful, long, incredibly brief, and more educational and rewarding than any I've ever lived before. ‘Lions’ is something I'm terribly proud of and utterly connected to,” says Fitzsimmons.
In advance of the album, Fitzsimmons partnered with Paste to reveal an acoustic performance of the first track from the album, called “Centralia.”
"Ben Cooper is more than just a musician: he’s a storyteller, and a good one at that. "
- Paste Magazine
"It’s selling Ben Cooper a bit short to call him a songwriter — the Florida-based artist known as Radical Face is more of a musical mythologist." - Buzzbands.la
"[‘Holy Branches’] begins simply enough, using quiet instrumentation and relying on the easy loveliness of Ben Cooper's voice. By the time the additional instrumentation kicks in behind him, it becomes a full fledged alt-folk anthem." - The Wild Honey Pie
“This guy isn’t just a musician and songwriter, he is a storyteller, tale-spinner, and an artist at making you feel a certain way with just a chord or well-placed line…" - Allston Pudding
"In classic RF fashion, this song is beautiful, with gorgeous vocal melodies perfectly expressing Cooper’s elegant lyrics.“ - Under The Gun Review
Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face, has unveiled a new music video for track “Holy Branches” from his recently released album The Family Tree: The Branches, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #10. Following past tradition, the video, which premiered on influential LA music blog Buzzbands.la, was conceived, directed and produced by Cooper with help from his family and friends.
The Family Tree: The Branches is the second installment of a three-part, stand-alone album series that chronicles a fictitious 19th century family called The Northcotes. Following the first album, 2011’s self-released The Family Tree: The Roots, certain instrumentations and melodies that represent a “family member” reappear on the second album as a continuation of a story or descendent. There is also a progression in production, using instruments that would have been more readily available in this era of the story set from 1860-1910.
“Holy Branches” is the continuation of “Severus And The Stone” from The Roots, which follows the narrative of two brothers, one who lives and one who dies. On “Holy Branches,” the listener is reconnected 30 years later with the living brother and the demons with which he is faced.
It’s been a minute since we’ve been, like, THIS LEVEL excited about a new artist. But, we’re thrilled to say that singer/songwriter/producer Chris Batson has taken us there, and then some. Anyone who does literally anything musical had better watch their backs. A heady combination of poignant lyrics, a sultry voice, and – dare I say it – a dash of R&B-tinged-Bon Iver-ish production…emotional, musical and great with words.”
- Jenny Hally Rubenstein/MTV Buzzworthy
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of the multi-talented producer and Alternative R&B/Soul artist Chris Batson to its worldwide label roster.
At only 22-years of age, Los Angeles-based Batson writes the most poignant and deeply personal lyrics, matched with a vocal soulfulness beyond his years. Drawing from relationships with friends and partners and his own inner conflicts, Batson pens heart-wrenching stories from his dark and unpredictable life experiences, thoughts and emotions. With that rare ability for provocative lyricism, Batson masterfully pairs his words with melodic hooks and instrumentals that unveil an authenticity and talent that are not just refreshing, but also relevant.
Growing up in Florida before moving to Los Angeles, Batson pulls from a diverse list of influences – Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Nas, Jay-Z, Kings Of Leon and Coldplay, amongst others. With “a dash of R&B tinged Bon Iver-ish production,” (MTV Buzzworthy) Batson exemplifies his genre-defining style with several standout tracks from We Got Lost Along The Way EP: “Wintertime,” “Never Coming Back,” and “Passenger Seat.”
Download “Wintertime,” “Never Coming Back” and “Tomorrow Will Be Better” Here:
Last month, Batson released the official music video for “Never Coming Back,” featuring Khleo Thomas. Within its first week, the YouTube views reached 400,000+.
Nettwerk Music Group congratulates its own Dalton Sim for his Pollstar Award Nomination in the category of Personal Manager of the Year. The nominees were selected by an anonymous collection of over 200 promoters, agents, managers and other touring professionals. The awards show will be held February 21st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Click HERE for a full list of nominees.
Dalton began his career in 1995 by managing Guster out of the band's apartment in Somerville, Mass. Since that humble start, he's helped shape the careers of Alexi Murdoch, Dispatch, State Radio and, most recently, fun., through his joint venture with Nettwerk.
Congratulations Dalton! We can't think of anyone more deserving!