"Vagabond is a Kerouac-esque, declaration of living in the moment, because tomorrow there's a bag to pack, a car to gas up, and an unknown, cash-strapped highway to explore." – Baeble
“…wind-blown folk songs...See him now before he blows up” - Seattle Weekly
Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen announced his return to North America for a headlining tour this spring. The run will launch on April 20 in Vancouver, Canada and will bring Stu across the continent before it wraps up on May 10 in Atlanta, GA. Sharing the stage with Larsen will be Japanese harmonica genius Natsuki Kurai. Stu first met Natsuki Kurai by chance in a little venue in Tokyo four years ago. This was the start of a special friendship, which has seen them play shows across Europe, Australia and Japan together. The duo are excited to play together again in April. See below for a complete list of dates.
Stu Larsen released his debut full-length album, Vagabond, on July 15, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. The album was recorded at Sydney’s esteemed Linear Studios and was co-produced by Chris Vallejo and friend/label-mate Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger). It was only a few years ago that Stu left his small town Australia and embraced a life as a vagabond taking opportunities as they came. Since then he has been touring, recording, driving friends tour vans and pretty much anything else that allows him to continue his travels. In 2014, Larsen spent the bulk of the year touring the globe as a headliner in support of his aptly named debut and as the opener for Multi-Platinum singer Passenger’s sold-out worldwide tour.
“The debut album from Boxed In will enhance your life…Oli Bayston is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds.” — NME
“…a beauty, capturing Bayston’s housed-up, lo-fi appeal, which involves locked-in, Hot Chip recalling grooves, world-weary, Bernard Summer-like vocals and simple-as-pie melodies that worm their way into your soul and claim squatters rights. Stunning.” — Sunday Times “Debut Of The Week”
"Boxed In…hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again.” — The Line of Best Fit
“A charming blend of electronic and indie sounds bolstered by witty songwriting …a winning debut that's often more consistent than the work of their better-known contemporaries.” – All Music
"'All Your Love Is Gone’ is one of those motorik rave-ups that just keeps building intensity, and Michael Rother has given it a makeover that maintains the brisk urgency while significantly changing its sound.” — Stereogum
After garnering rave reviews from around the UK, Boxed In will see the North American release of his self-titled debut on March 31st. Single “All Your Love Is Gone,” along with a special remix from Neu!’s Michael Rother, will be available on January 27th. Listen to the remix here: http://bit.ly/1yOT3CR.
Boxed In is the first solo endeavor from sought after UK songwriter/producer Oli Bayston, who got his start in indie band Keith and has since collaborated with the likes of 2 Bears, Steve Mason, Willy Mason, Lianne La Havas, Lily Allen and more.
Guster's seventh studio album, Evermotion debuted this week at #1 on the Independent Record Label Current Albums chart, #2 on the Current Alternative Albums chart and #3 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The quartet released the album independently for the first time since their debut, as a joint release with Nettwerk and their own label, Ocho Mule. Evermotion, produced by The Shins' keyboardist and The Black Keys' touring bassist Richard Swift, offers up Guster's most experimental instrumentation and layered arrangements to date with The Wall Street Journal praising its "synthesized ambience, clever percussion, [and] unexpected addenda" and AllMusic saying the band "discovers electricity" on the 11 songs.
Listen to Evermotion in this series of postcard-esque videos featuring the band--don't take your eyes off them!
Influential Canadian outfit Delerium are set to release the Glimmer EP on January 27, 2015. The EP includes the recently recovered, self titled single “Glimmer” featuring Emily Haines (of Metric). Originally recorded in 2005, the track has recently resurfaced from the stacks, and will also be featured on an upcoming rarities and b-sides release (date TBA). The Glimmer EP includes remixes by New Orleans-born, Connecticut-based DJ Emjae and a collaboration with Stereojackers and Mark Loverush.
Listen And Share “Glimmer” Feat. Emily Haines:
"Glimmer reads a bit like a Hollywood mystery having been lost for years, has resurfaced by happenstance" says Bill Leeb of Delerium. "When our music engineer and mixer, Greg Reely, was pilfering through some recordings, he stumbled upon this song that features Emily Haines of Metric. As it turns out, this track comes from the Chimera album sessions when I collaborated with Carmen Rizzo and Jamie Muhoberac. The song's words remind us even in the darkest moments when it seems all is lost, with perseverance and a little luck, we can find our own place and keep that glimmer of hope."
Nettwerk recording artist William Close & The Earth Harp Collective – a team of musicians, dancers, aerialists and artists - will bring their unique performance-based experience to the official NFL Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party, alongside fellow musicians Dierks Bentley and Gavin DeGraw. In the past, the Tailgate Party has boasted a talent lineup that included Phillip Phillips, Lenny Kravitz, The Fray, OneRepublic, Jersey Boys and more.
Installation artist, musician and America’s Got Talent finalist William Close has built over 100 one-of-a-kind musical instruments, including the world’s largest string instrument, The Earth Harp. Developed by Close, the body of the instrument rests on the stage, while the strings travel over the audience, attaching to the back of the theatre, concert hall and/or festival ground, turning every space into an instrument. By rubbing violin rosin covered gloves along the strings, Close delivers The Harp’s signature bowed sound. “It’s an instrument unlike anything Bach or Beethoven could have ever imagined,” writes The New York Times.
Nettwerk Music Group (Nettwerk) announced today that it has acquired Robot of the Century Music, an independent music publisher founded out of Roadrunner Records, the pre-eminent worldwide rock label, by its former chairman Cees Wessels.
Under the acquisition, Nettwerk’s teams throughout North America and Europe will work directly with the songwriters on the Robot of the Century roster, which includes such marquee rock artists/songwriters as Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry, Jesse Leach (of Killswitch Engage) and Trivium.
Nettwerk President/COO Simon Mortimer-Lamb says, “We are very excited to welcome the Robot of the Century roster of artists and songwriters to Nettwerk. They have established themselves as some of the best in their genre and have achieved a global reach. We look forward to utilizing our teams throughout the world to ensure their continued growth and success.”
Canada’s Current Swell are excited to announce U.S. headlining dates this winter. The rock band, who are already set for a spring tour with Cat Empire, will launch the solo leg on February 16th in the D.C area. The new dates will bring them to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis and numerous other midwestern cities before ending on March 4th in Nashville, TN. The North American tour with Australian band Cat Empire will begin a month later in Canada and will bring the band back to the U.S. to play several major cities on the East and West Coast in April. A full list of dates is below.
Current Swell released their latest album Ulysses, the “best record of their career” (Pittsburgh In Tune), on May 6, 2014. The album was produced by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Giant Stand) at Vancouver’s iconic Greenhouse Studios. Ulysses landed at #1 on the Rock iTunes chart, #10 on the Alternative Albums Chart and a career high Top 50 debut on the Top 200 chart in Canada. The latest single “Rollin’” was recently the #1 most added track at Alternative Rock Radio and is now #11, in the competitive format’s Top 30 chart.
This year marks Nettwerk Music Group’s 30th Anniversary, and the Vancouver-born turned international Label, Management and Publishing Company will be celebrating throughout the year, starting with the release of a covers compilation called From Cover To Cover: 30 Years At Nettwerk. The full album is streaming now exclusively at PasteMagazine.com (here: http://bit.ly/15uBGxu).
Out January 27, From Cover To Cover: 30 Years At Nettwerk features current Nettwerk artists covering popular songs from the company’s rich and diverse history. Madi Diaz brings an electro-pop vibe to “You, Me & The Bourgeoisie” from fellow LA indie band The Submarines, UK-duo Coves give Angus & Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” a psychedelic and haunting spin, and Radical Face strips the industrial from Skinny Puppy’s “Assimilate” for a surprisingly beautiful yet still powerful take on the track. Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” The Weepies “World Spins Madly On,” Coldplay’s “Shiver” and “Yellow” and a slew of others also appear in a new form (full track list below).
Nettwerk Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Australia’s multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd to its label roster.
"It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to work with an artist whose musical and spiritual values match that of my own. We look forward to helping Xavier get his message out,” says CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, Terry McBride.
On March 17, Rudd will release Nanna, a career-defining album that puts the once solo artist on his feet, playing guitar center stage, as he fronts Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - a one-people musical force. In the past, Rudd’s onstage one-man-band setup included a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. With the release of Nanna, Rudd explores the next chapter in his extensive career...the role of frontman, amidst some of the best players in the world. Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals, the aptly titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. The band is symbolic of the message that all people of the world can come together, respect the ancient ways and return to spirit.
"This is an important year on many levels. I'm excited to be working with Nettwerk in bringing this special album to the world; an album that's been a long, long time coming,” says Rudd.
Family Of The Year partnered with BuzzFeed to shares the new music video for the band’s standout track "Hero." Featured in the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe winning film Boyhood, the film trailer and the official soundtrack, “Hero” has been cut to footage from the groundbreaking masterpiece to create an official music video that represents the power of both the film and the song. Joe Keefe (lead vocals, guitars) recently sat down with the New York Post to discuss the song, the band and their relationship to the film.
With their Billboard radio chart debut, Family Of The Year saw "Hero" reach #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart, sitting Top 5 for a record-breaking four months. “Hero” also landed Top 10 at Alternative Radio. With the release of Loma Vista, Family Of The Year performed “Hero” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CONAN and Last Call With Carson Daly. Also, MTV2 added Family Of The Year to “Artist To Watch” and USA Today featured the band in their “On The Verge” column. All this follows other emerging artist features with Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Amazon, Interview Magazine, Paste, SonicBids and more. Formed in 2009, Family Of The Year is Joe Keefe (lead vocals, guitars), Sebastian Keefe (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitars, vocals) and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals).