In case you missed it, Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, wrapped up his North American summer tour with a performance on CONAN, where he debuted new single "Heart's On Fire" from latest album Whispers. Watch the performance above and see the official video for "Heart's On Fire" below.
For the first time, Festival Music House Pacific brings Canada’s top musical talent to Vancouver for a one-night concert on Friday, October 3rd at The Imperial. Coinciding with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), the invite-only, intimate concert provides a platform for established and up-and-coming Canadian acts to perform for festival delegates.
This year’s performers include critically-acclaimed pop/rock singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas, rising electro-pop artist Willa, Vancouver’s four-piece rock band Damn Fools and recently announced electro-soul/dance quartet Bear Mountain.
“I find that our two creative industries run in parallel to each other and I thought what better way to get together than to throw a party during VIFF. Invite the attending VIFF film and TV delegates to an intimate showcase of Canada’s top musicians,” said Ric Arboit, President and Co-Founder of Nettwerk Music Group, which helped to curate and organize the event. “Music plays such a significant role in screen-based industries and I’m thrilled to celebrate these collaborative art forms at this must-attend event,” adds Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director of Vancouver International Film Festival.
The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Society is a well-established not-for-profit cultural society that produces year-round programming at the Vancouver International Film Centre in addition to the 16-day International Film Festival and the four-day VIFF Industry Conference. The Society is a charitable not-for-profit arts and cultural organization, employing over 100 staff and 750 volunteers in British Columbia, with an annual operating budget of approximately $5.0 million. Its mandate is to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, facilitate the meeting of entertainment professionals from around the world and to stimulate the motion picture industry in BC and Canada.
“...melancholy yet propulsive soft rock that sounds like the midpoint between Dave Longstreth and Donald Fagen. You’d do well to listen to it.” — Stereogum
"It’s a polished, ambitious effort that puts melody and layered arrangements (created with composer Stefan Udell) at the forefront…” — Tiny Mix Tapes
Music savant (and NW1 client) Nicholas Krgovich, mostly known for his work with No Kids, Gigi and P:ano, will self-release his debut solo album On Sunset on October 7, 2014.
Having lived in Los Angeles for the past four years, On Sunset stands as a rich, widescreen tribute to a lost Los Angeles. Produced and mixed by John Collins (Destroyer, New Pornographers) and recorded by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers), the album is a sweeping Technicolor extravaganza. In the tradition of experimental music masquerading as pop (Avalon, Cupid & Psyche '85, Steve McQueen), On Sunset is a lonely, glamorous, late-night answer to a city's seductive and endless sprawl.
Watch The Video For “Along The PCH On Oscar Night” Here:
“Current Swell play solid feel good music” – Beatroute Magazine
“Current Swell knows how to put on one hell of a show… between lovely sway-worthy moments to hard-hitting rock tunes, there wasn’t a dull moment in the entire set.”
– Music Vice
Victoria, BC’s Current Swell have announced a run of headline tour dates this fall, starting in London, Ontario on October 2 at Rum Runners and finishing at Sanctuary in Ridgeway, Ontario on October 24. A full list of dates is below.
Released on May 6 via Nettwerk Records, Current Swell’s latest album Ulysses landed at #1 on the Rock iTunes chart, #10 on the Alternative Albums Chart and reached a career high Top 50 debut on the Top 200 chart. The latest single “Rollin’” was recently the #1 most added track at Alternative Rock Radio and is now #24, in the competitive formats Top 30 chart.
"The singer-songwriter is a musical chameleon, who can churn hook-filled songs that sound like Lana Del Rey spent a lot of time listening to Coldplay…it's piano ballads with haunting melodies that will stick in your head for days." – TIME
“both dramatic and danceable” – New York Magazine
“Whatever pause this Australian's childlike voice gives you is almost immediately erased by the sophistication of what unfurls next. She's part Lykke Li, part Feist, and not an iota less interesting than either.”— Esquire
“A traditional pop sensibility structures elements of wandering, atmospheric electronica, while crescendos of rich instrumentation give the collection a classical touch. And then there’s Croome’s singular voice: Utterly sweet, but with the thick complexity of honey, rather than a childlike or cheeky bubblegum smack” – MTV World
“Melbourne’s Gossling is an act on the rise… Croome’s stunning vocals are placed on full display, backed perfectly with a rich, full musical arrangement which reveals a band at the top of their game” – Indie Shuffle
Melbourne’s Gossling (aka Helen Croome) is set to make her North American debut with the release of Harvest Of Gold on September 23 (available HERE via Nettwerk Records). Croome’s voice has an extraordinary timbre and it’s this distinction that makes her instantly recognizable. Check out Gossling’s cover of “Riptide” by country-mate and friend, Vance Joy.
In support of the release, Croome will embark on her first proper tour of the states. Known for her enchanting live presence, dates will include a special show at Culture Collide in San Francisco and Los Angeles, before heading east for CMJ Music Marathon (dates below).
Los Angeles-based Run River North announce a run of Fall dates, following the already announced tour with Australia’s Boy & Bear. During the summer, the band embarked on their first US tour, selling out dates along the way, including Los Angeles' famed Troubadour and New York's Bowery Ballroom.
To support the upcoming tour, Run River North stopped by the Pandora offices to perform “Growing Up” from their self-titled debut (out now). "Growing Up" will also be used in the Ron Howard produced film, The Good Lie, featuring Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon (Out October 3).
British alt rock/pop band Scars On 45 have premiered their new video for single “Crazy For You” with Yahoo Music. Director DJay Brawner (Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, The Used, Gym Class Heroes) who previously worked with the band on their 2011 video for “Give Me Something,” takes the viewer on an endearingly quirky (and even slightly sci-fi leaning) journey of early romance. The lead single from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album and Nettwerk debut Safety In Numbers (October 7, 2014), “Crazy For You” is quickly climbing the Triple A Top 30 Chart, landing at #18 this week.
Of the video, vocalist/guitar player Danny Bemrose says, “Although the song is hugely personal to us, it's also pretty self-explanatory and universally relatable. I think we've all secretly longed for someone at some point...some of us more than others. We wanted a video that kept the general theme of the lyrics but that was also a bit different and weird...I think we definitely got that!”
"... [Young Liars] deliver an unexpected knockout album!" – Vancouver Sun
“With an elevated sense of passion and drive, Young Liars have shown that they have grown off their previous experience with their latest release... They are the kind of group that show every sign of being on the verge of breaking through.”
Today, Vancouver based electro, indie-rock quartet Young Liars announce a handful of headlining tour dates this Fall, starting in Toronto on September 17 at The Garrison and finishing at Mercer Tavern at Edmonton’s Up & Downtown Music Festival on October 11. A full list of dates is below.
Listen To “Simple Machine” And B-Side “Long Night”:
Guster will release their first album in four years, Evermotion, fearlessly experimenting with new instruments and collaborations to create their most vibrant album yet. Produced by Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist Richard Swift, who has produced records for Damien Jurado, Foxygen and Stereolab, the new album bulldozes inhibitions, propelling the band to a harder-charging, more freewheeling sound. Evermotion is out January 13 as a joint release by Nettwerk Records and Guster’s own label Ocho Mule. Listen to the utterly infectious new single “Simple Machine” TIME hails for its “frantic beats and crawling synthesizers”: http://bit.ly/1uGj7gg. The song is out today with B-side “Long Night,” also off the new album.
“Frazey Ford takes an unexpected turn on her forthcoming album. She collaborated with the Hi Rhythm Section, best known for their work as the backing band for artists like Al Green and Ann Peebles. The result is gorgeous.” – KCRW
“With subtle vibrato and pulsing emotion, Ford's velvety vocals take center stage in ‘September Fields’… the electric organ in the track transforms her normally aching lullaby into something funkier and full of sunshine.” – Mother Jones
“[Ford’s] soulful voice reinforces the celebratory mood of ‘September Fields.’” – NPR All Songs Considered
Listen To Single “September Fields” Here:
Frazey Ford has announced that she’ll hit the road on October 14, the same day her anticipated solo album Indian Ocean is released. Frazey’s nine-city run begins in Toronto and includes stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Berkeley. All tour dates are listed below.