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Family Of The Year Performs "Hero" on The Tonight Show!

2013 continues to be a phenomenal year for LA-based Family Of The Year. Last week, the band performed standout track “Hero” on the #1 late-night show, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

Family Of The Year has had a year of highlights, including a TV performance of "Hero" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (February 11), CONAN (February 21), Last Call With Carson Daly (February 26 - which is their second episode in two months) and CMT (Country Music Television, Inc.). “Hero” lands at #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart, Top 15 at Alternative. The band has also received emerging artist featuring from Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Billboard, Amazon, Interview Magazine and MTV as an “Artist To Watch.”

With their first headline tour of 2013, the band sells out shows across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Nashville, Denver, Portland and more. This summer, the band will make a run of festivals, including Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL), Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) and Kanrocksas (Kansas City, KS) – more to announce in the coming weeks.

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).

Lily Kershaw's "Ashes Like Snow" Featured in Tomorrow's Season Finale Of 'Criminal Minds;' Available now on iTunes

Nettwerk is thrilled to announce the signing of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw to its label roster, and has officially released her track "Ashes Like Snow" on iTunes ahead of the song's prominent use in tomorrow's season finale of Criminal Minds. Check out the lyric video for the track above.

Lily also just announced a new tour date in Los Angeles on May 27th at Hotel Cafe.

Passenger's "Let Her Go" Continues To Climb UK Charts; North American Tour Dates Begin To Sell Out

"Passenger's Worldwide Ride Continues..." -- Billboard Magazine "Bubbling Under"

Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, continues to climb the UK charts this week with his international hit single "Let Her Go" moving up to #2.  The single has already reached #1 on 14 different international charts, with its accompanying video (above) approaching 34 million YouTube views. This week's issue of Billboard Magazine featured the UK troubadour in its "Bubbling Under" column, in which the staff looks at new and noteworthy acts making their way towards major Billboard chart success. 

Passenger will return to North America for his largest headline tour of the territory to date, starting July 10 in Vancouver, BC.  Shows in San Diego, Boston, Montreal and New York City have already sold out. See all dates HERE.

Watch Savoir Adore's "Buzzsession" For The Wild Honeypie; New Song Premieres On WNYC "Soundcheck"

Savoir Adore recently invited NYC-blog The Wild Honeypie to their studio in Brooklyn for a very special "Buzzsession."  Watch the band's performance of single "Dreamers" above, and check out the full post, including second performance of "Sea Of Gold" here: http://bit.ly/19yYPcK. The band launches their big North American tour supporting Sea Wolf tonight in Pomona. See full list of tour dates below.

Also this week, the band premiered their brand new song "Beating Hearts" on WNYC's Soundcheck, who called the track “A great summer jam…hooky, escapist, and great for blasting and belting along to…” See the full post HERE and listen to the song below.

New Signing: Run River North (Formerly Known As Monsters Calling Home)

Nettwerk Music Group is incredibly thrilled to announce the signing of Los Angeles-based, indie outfit Run River North (formerly known as Monsters Calling Home) to its label roster.

To date, the band has only released a 6-song accidental demo. Never intended as an official release, Run River North put together a last-minute promotional piece to sell on tour.

Listen To “Foxbeard” From 2012 Debut Demo Here:

With only that unplanned demo, the six-piece has seen extraordinary buzz, including a booking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2012, the band recorded and filmed a music video for “Fight To Keep” in their Hondas. Unable to afford a studio space at the time, the sextet switched off playing instruments inside the cramped interiors of their Honda Fit, Accord and CRV. Once uploaded, the video experiment ran an upward viral course to the Honda offices. Under the pretense of thanking the band, Honda invited them to perform in front 600 of their executives. With an “emergency meeting” keeping all but two Honda employees from showing up, the band got the best surprise of their career…it was all a hoax and they were actually booked as the musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Watch their priceless reactions and inspired performance above.

Run River North writes brilliant harmonies paired with layered instrumentations and puts on an awe-inspiring live show. Headlining the largest venue to date, Run River North sold out LA’s famed Troubadour and immediately charmed Nettwerk’s A&R collective. “It’s about the song and the passion of how it’s conveyed. When it’s authentic, it’s magic and that’s what Run River North are creating…magic," says CEO of Nettwerk Music Group Terry McBride. About signing to Nettwerk, lead vocalist/guitarist Alex Hwang add “The family vibe at Nettwerk is what we’re most excited about. Impressively hardworking and genuinely enthusiastic about who we are and what we're trying to share - we couldn't ask for a better relationship and environment to make music and tell our stories.”

Royal Canoe Releases 10" 'Extended Play' EP In Europe; Tour Dates Start May 13 In Manchester

"If you were to marry the harmonies and psychedelic pop of Animal Collective with the frenzied vocal phrasing of Modest Mouse and throw in the falsettos of the Temper Trap for good measure, you can imagine Royal Canoe’s sound.” -- BaebleMusic

Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. The Winnipeg natives have signed with Nettwerk for Europe, and will release a numbered 10” vinyl Extended Play EP on May 10 (Germany)/May 13 (UK/Europe), followed by a full length album later in the year.

The lead track on the 10” EP, "Hold on to The Metal" will be available for free download HERE. Watch the video for the track above.

Royal Canoe held the #1 spot at We Are Hunted for 3-weeks, and Filter Magazine declares, “Buckle up – the band is anything but your standard indie-pop. Known for their genre bending approach and their songs are clearly written with innovation in mind. We dare you not to dance.” After a successful appearance at SXSW, they are now gearing up for a heavy few months of touring with dates in the U.S. and Europe including shows at the Great Escape Festival, and performances with Fol Chen, Of Montreal, ON AN ON and more to support the release of their EP. European tour dates are listed after the jump.

Watch The Very Special Zach Sobiech "Clouds" Celebrity Music Video, Featuring Various Celebs Including Nettwerk Artist Passenger

The good people at SoulPancake recently released a documentary on Zach Sobiech, a 17 year old who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that takes the lives of a large percent of its childhood victims. Given only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. His song "Clouds" spread virarlly, and soon, Zach's message was heard across the country. To thank Zach for his inspiring music and message, SoulPancake asked celebrity friends to participate in a special gift for him. The above video features a wide range celebs, from Briant Cranston, Jenna Fischer, Rachel Bilson and Anna Farris to Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, The Lumineers, Sara Bareilles and Nettwerk's own Mike Roseneberg, aka Passenger. Watch the touching video above.

Great Lake Swimmers Announce Canadian Summer Tour Dates

Great Lake Swimmers have announced summer tour dates in Canada, which includes festival stops in Ontario and Alberta. The band recently received a "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year" JUNO 2013 nomination for their acclaimed 2012 release, New Wild Everywhere. All tour dates are listed below.

As well, Great Lake Swimmers front-man Tony Dekker will be going with WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund) on a trip this September to the Great Bear region on the north coast of British Columbia. The Great Bear is a Canadian ecological treasure, one of the richest and most spectacular ecosystems on earth and home to the rare white Spirit Bear. For the past year, it has been at the centre of a high profile national debate about the Northern Gateway Project that proposes to build twin oil pipelines from Alberta through the Great Bear, and transport oil across B.C. coastal waters. Tony Dekker is a WWF supporter and advocates for the protection of the region as a Canadian for the Great Bear.

The Paper Kites To Tour With City And Colour; 'Woodland + Young North EP Box Set' Out May 28

On May 28, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites will release Woodland + Young North EP Box Set (Nettwerk Records), a wonderfully-inspired collection of layered, earthy instrumentations paired with beautiful vocal harmonies.

The standout tracks from their debut EP Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5.5 million combined YouTube views. Watch the music video for “Featherstone" above.

Amongst the up and coming bands from Australia, The Paper Kites continue to build their hometown following, selling out shows with fellow countrymen Josh Pyke and Boy & Bear. This October, the quintet will cross waters for their North American debut, supporting City And Colour. The Paper Kites will provide support from Atlanta, GA to Oakland, CA.

Wanting Premieres New Video For "Drenched"

Chinese born, Vancouver-based songstress Wanting has just premiered a new video for the song "Drenched" from her debut album, Everything In The World. The video had its broadcast debut on MuchMore Music in Canada, and its online debut at MuchMusic.com (here).

Wanting, who was recently recognized at the 2012 Best Album of the Year at the Beijing Billmoard Music Newcomers Festival as well as honored as Outstanding Regional Artist at the 12th Chinese Global Music Awards, will be a featured artist at San Francisco's Asian Heritage Street Celebration on Saturday, May 18.  Everything In The World is currently Triple Platinum in China and Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia and Taiwan. Watch the video for "Drenched" above and stay tuned for more news from Wanting.