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Sinéad O'Connor Billboard Cover Story; North American Tour Dates Announced

"Sinead's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising...Its first single, "Take Me to Church," looks back on a lifetime of battles and broken loves, only to find pathways to peace, redemption, forgiveness and wonder…the song provides a stirring and frequently beautiful glimpse into the mind of a singer who searches constantly for improvements in herself." - NPR

Out today, Sinéad O’Connor releases her 10th studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (available HERE via Nettwerk Records). In a career that spans nearly 30 years, O’Connor sat down with Billboard Magazine to discuss past and present controversies that have reared their heads during her 30-year career – marriage, divorce, Saturday Night Live, illness, religion, abuse and twitter wars with other pop stars. Unequivocally raw and searingly honest O’Connor doesn’t flinch from matters that have made her one of the most polarizing and fascinating personalities in music today.

In advance of the album’s release O’Connor also sat down with Linda Wertheimer of NPR’s Weekend Edition to discuss the revamped look, the music industry and the inspiration behind tracks like “James Brown” feat. Seun Kuti (son of Fela Kuti) on saxophone, the autobiographical “8 Good Reasons” and lead single “Take Me To Church.” In addition O’Connor met up with Mantra Magazine for their cover story to talk about what her career has meant to her, looking back at almost thirty years in the music industry.

Shot in London, the official music video for lead single “Take Me To Church” features an incendiary performance by O’Connor and her band in a plot that alludes to her past and takes her right up to the present.

Nettwerk One Writer, Mike Fiorentino, Co-writes Maurico’s debut EP “I Am Maurico”

Maurico’s debut EP I Am Maurico is out now via Tennessee Recording Company. All songs on the Nashville based hip-hop artist’s album are co-written and co-produced by Nettwerk One Publishing writer, Mike Fiorentino. Mike is the co-founder of the Tennessee Recording Company and is known for writing for Bubba Sparxxx and Colt Ford along with numerous other artists. The EP is available via iTunes

William Fitzsimmons Releases 'Acoustic Sessions' EP (Out Today)

 “a meticulously crafted, ephemeral wisp of a record that's full of high-quality daydream fuel”

AllMusic

“This is a consistently lovely, reflective if occasionally morose album” – American Songwriter

“a personal examination of life’s little changes” - AV Club

“Lions, is his most daring, emotional work yet” – Dallas Observer

"Fitzsimmons is able to sing between the notes, sounds you wouldn’t think go together fit like matching puzzle pieces” -
Elmore

Wiliam Fitzsimmons releases Acoustic Sessions, a collection of stripped down recordings from his latest studio album, Lions – out now. Recorded at his home studio in Illinois, the 4-song EP showcases Fitzsimmons’ consistently honest and tender balladry.

Listen To “Fortune (Acoustic)” Here:

Lions debuted at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums’ chart, as well as Top 5 on the Folk Albums chart. A career-defining album, Lions is 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).

Sinéad O'Connor Shares First Video From New Album 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss' (Out August 12)

 
"Sinead's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising...Its first single, "Take Me to Church," looks back on a lifetime of battles and broken loves, only to find pathways to peace, redemption, forgiveness and wonder…the song provides a stirring and frequently beautiful glimpse into the mind of a singer who searches constantly for improvements in herself." - NPR

Today, Sinéad O’Connor shares the official music video for single “Take Me To Church,” the first track from her forthcoming studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (out via Nettwerk Records on August 12).

Shot in London, the video features an incendiary performance by Sinead and her band in a plot that alludes to her past and takes her right up to the present.

Frazey Ford To Release New Album 'Indian Ocean' On October 14

Frazey Ford, best known as the co-leader of beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean (October 14) -- a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound. There's affirmation in its 11 songs, as Ford's self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones. Lead single “September Fields,” which premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered, is available now on iTunes.

Listen To “September Fields” Here:

Watch Boy & Bear's Late Night Debut On CONAN

Australia's Boy & Bear celebrated the end of their summer tour by making their late night debut on CONAN. Watch them perform "Southern Sun" from their critically acclaimed album Harlequin Dream above or here: http://bit.ly/1nF3dDb.

The quintet returned to North America in June following a sold-out spring tour that launched at SXSW, their first time in the States since 2011. The past month has been spent hitting the festival circuit, including Firefly Music Festival and The Forecastle Festival. They'll be back for a fall headline tour, starting Monday, October 6 at Los Angeles' The Fonda Theatre with support from Nettwerk label-mates Run River North. All dates are below.

The Trews Return To The U.S. For August Tour

 

"The band delivers solid, no-nonsense sets full of grizzled pub-rock, gritty power-pop and mod-influenced classic pop, with with a dash of self-effacing humor and humility thrown in for good measure."
- Annie Zaleski, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Electric ultra-pop… Guitars and keyboards grind in time to the big buzzy heart-bleeding vocals."

- IMPOSE

Canada's The Trews released their self-titled, Nettwerk debut digitally in April and supported it by heading down from the Great White North for a run of shows in the States. The quartet follows up with a jaunt through the mid-west starting August 10th in Michigan. Two of the shows (Cincinnati & Louisville) are make-ups for postponed gigs when singer Colin McDonald came down with a broncial infection and the band had to cancel their 2nd and 3rd performances ever in 1000+ gigs over 12 years.

New Signing: Guster

Ocho Mule Records, Guster’s own label, and Nettwerk Music Group are thrilled to announce their partnership for Guster’s new album for worldwide release. Produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Damien Jurado, Foxygen, Stereolab), the album promises to deliver a new sound while maintaining their signature timeless character. Additional details about the album will be announced in the coming weeks.

"We are thrilled with the opportunity to keep our new release independent on a global level with the help of Nettwerk Records,” says Ryan Miller of Guster.

“Nettwerk has had the privilege to support Guster throughout their career and it’s a great honor to partner with the band’s own label to release the new album,” says CEO Terry McBride.

New Signing: William Close

“Architecture Is Frozen Music” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of experimental musician and innovator William Close. Having developed over 100 new types of musical instruments, Close is most recognized for the largest stringed instrument in the world – The Earth Harp. “It’s an instrument unlike anything Bach or Beethoven could have ever imagined,” writes The New York Times (July 2013).

Developed and built 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. Close studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His installations and performances have been experienced around the world – including The Coliseum in Rome, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, The Seattle Space Needle, the temples of Vietnam, Grand Theater of Shanghai International Arts Festival, Brazil’s Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, The Dhow Harbour in Qatar, and major US festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bumbershoot, Burning Man, Lightning In A Bottle, and more.

Madi Diaz 'Phantom' Out Sept 30; Tour Dates With X Ambassadors And Jamie N Commons

 

“Madi Diaz Writes The Most Danceable Break Up Record Ever” – LA Weekly

“With infectious structure and an addicting nature, Phantom should quickly find its way into an already powerfully, lady-driven indie pop movement, ready to kick down the doors of every local scene.” — High Voltage

"Instantly catchy and super upbeat, [’Stay Together’] has that special warm seasonality to surely be a fixture on many summer playlists.” — BlahBlahBlahScience

"Phantom…promises a big, bold and brightly colored production palette, keeping the organic instruments in check while amping up the electronica and big-beats.” —
Direct Current

“Madi Diaz creates gorgeous pop-infused anthems that almost definitely will shoot to the top of your summer playlists.” –
The Owl Mag

Following the releases of lead single “Stay Together” and “The Other Side EP,” Madi Diaz announces the release of her Nettwerk debut, Phantom, on September 30. Madi will celebrate by joining X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons on their “Into The Jungle” US tour, starting that same day (Sept 30) at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade. A full list of dates is below.

Hear Lead Single “Stay Together” Here:

Phantom was recorded in Madi’s newly adopted home of Los Angeles, produced by Nick Ruth (Mikky Ekko, Active Child) and mixed by John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Oh Land) at NYC’s famed Electric Lady Studios. The album’s 11 tracks expand upon Madi’s brand of sophisticated indie pop songs, providing a soundtrack for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a canopy of stars. Underneath the effervescent pop, her lyrics reveal an emotional through line.