“5 stars - you couldn’t fail to be intoxicated” – CD of the Week, Independent
“4 stars – Hadreas has mastered the art of melancholy” – Q
2012 has seen Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, go steadily from strength to strength. His sophomore album, the gorgeous Put Your Back N2 It, saw him earn his biggest raves to date on both sides of the pond (everyone from Pitchfork and Spin to NME and The Guardian), with resulting tours across the UK and Europe selling out and effortlessly capturing audience’s hearts. Add in supporters like Michael Stipe and Courtney Love, and his singularly beautiful videos for previous singles “Dark Parts” and “Hood” gaining over half a million views, and you have a musician who has undoubtedly consolidated his arrival as one of the most potent and unexpected new talents around.
Now Perfume Genius is releasing his third single “Take Me Home” – a jewel of a song whose upbeat, majestic pop sheen masks an unnerving undertow of emotional oblivion and desperation, as he says he will be “like a shadow of a shadow of a shadow...for you”, like a man so eager to be loved that he will even annihilate his sense of self in the process. Stream "Take Me Home" below.
Influential Canadian outfit Delerium debuts lead single, “Monarch,” from the first studio album in six years, Music Box Opera (Fall 2012).
At the helm is founder Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy), who enlists the talents of two friends – collaborator Rhys Fulber and vocalist Nadina, who lends her voice in her native tongue of Arabic.
On the experience, Nadina says, “The song will move you with its melodies and rhythms no matter the language you speak. I love Delerium's work, and it was an honor to record the track. I can't wait for everyone to hear it!”
While Delerium’s musical style encompasses a broad range – ambient trance to electronic pop music – the music always highlights a strong female vocalist. In the past, Delerium has worked with Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Miranda Lee Richards, Butterfly Boucher, Emily Haines (of Metric) and the most commercially successful single, “Silence,” featured Sarah McLachlan.
As a member of industrial rock outfits Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly, Leeb has sold over 3 million units worldwide and over a million albums in North America with Delerium.
Victoria, B.C.-based roots rock outfit Current Swell have joined Nettwerk’s label roster to release their new album, Long Time Ago, on October 16, 2012. To celebrate, the band is currently offering the album bonus track, “Young and Able,” as a free download.
"Simply the band's finest songs in some time." - The LA Times
"What's great about the new album from Old Crow Medicine Show? Well, everything, really." - American Songwriter
"They've become the most important band to emerge from the early-'00s new wave of string bands." - Paste
"The band has never sounded so super-charged." - UNCUT
Old Crow Medicine Show released their fourth full-length studio album, Carry Me Back, on July 17 (ATO Records), to much critical acclaim and to their highest chart position in their recording career. The band just embarked on a tour in support of Carry Me Back, playing shows at capacity in multiple markets; the band will continue touring in the coming weeks.The Lumineers and The Milk Carton Kids will serve as openers for other tour dates. For a full itinerary, see below.
Carry Me Back sold over 17,000 copies in its debut week, landing at #22 on the Billboard Albums Chart, leading to both the band's best ever sales week and their highest ever charting position. The album also was #1 on both the Bluegrass and Folk charts and is the #4 Country album in the nation.
Carry Me Back was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly). Hutt pushed the band in a whole new way that they hadn't been pushed before.
Grammy®-winning Mixer Chris Lord-Alge has mixed Multiplatinum and Grammy-winning rock superstars Muse’s new song “Survival” which has been chosen as the official song for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games. The opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games are today, Friday July 27th and the IOC has just released a powerful promotional video featuring "Survival." CLA mixed several songs from the band’s forthcoming album, 2nd Law, and is very proud to be a part of the forthcoming Muse album as well as the 2012 Olympics Games!
Lord-Alge’s work can also currently be heard all over the radio with such songs as Shinedown’s #1 Active Rock song “Unity", Green Day's first single "Oh Love" from their forthcoming full-length Uno!, Matchbox 20's "She's So Mean" and Staind’s “Now.”
"a plaintive melody and muscular guitar riff create dreamy tension" – USA Today
“…bears a resonance imcomparable to anything Angus has ever done.” – Paste
Nettwerk Records releases Broken Brights, the exceptional solo effort from Angus Stone, perhaps better known as half of the acclaimed sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone, and the voice behind the pair's stand-out track "Big Jet Plane," which has more than 11 million YouTube views.
Starting September 11th, Angus takes to the road to share the album across North America. The month-long headline tour kicks off in Los Angeles at the famed Troubadour music venue and wraps in Philadelphia, PA on September 30. This is the first time Angus has toured North America without his co-conspirator and sister, Julia Stone.
"Hyslop's sound is a hushed and crystalline Americana folk wrapped in pillowy clouds" - Vancouver Sun
"Hyslop is an instantly likeable singer-songwriter with a gift for intimacy and almost ghostly mood-mooking" - Georgia Straight
July 24, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver-based Joshua Hyslop shares the video for latest single, “What Have I Done?” featuring newcomer, Anna Scouten on vocals.
Directed by Michael Rodriguez, the video shows the corrosion of a crumbling romance, set inside a deteriorated home.
“What Have I Done?” is the latest single from Hyslop’s debut album, Where The Mountain Meets The Valley. In his early 20s, Hyslop composes beautiful melodies that showcase his unforgettable vocal harmonies. Inspired by an array of artists - Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine, William Fitzsimmons – Hyslop has developed his own kind of artfully-rendered Americana.
“Passenger entertains a lucky live audience with his accented, raspy alto emphasized with liberal acoustic guitar and a tear-evoking string section.”
-- MTV Iggy on the “Let Her Go” video
UK folk artist Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) has released a music video for his heart-breaking single, “Let Her Go,” from his forthcoming album All The Little Lights, out August 28, 2012. “Let Her Go,” which is available today in iTunes, broaches the familiar feeling of ending a relationship, only to then wonder about what could have been. The video premiered yesterday on MTV Iggy.com: http://bit.ly/NOYgBQ.
"It's about taking things for granted until they're gone, yet there's a little glimmer of hope,” says Rosenberg.
Already critically lauded in Australia and the UK, All The Little Lights was recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney (Empire of the Sun and Josh Pyke) and is the most accomplished Passenger record to date. “It’s very different to [the last album] Flight Of The Crow,” says Rosenberg. “This one is a bigger production and a bit more modern sounding.”
Passenger spent the last couple of months playing sold-out headline dates in the UK and Europe, and will join Ed Sheeran on his North American and UK tour dates, starting September 17th in Toronto. Prior to the Ed Sheeran tour, Passenger will make two special stops for solo shows in Los Angeles at the Hotel Café on Friday, September 7th and in New York City at The Living Room on Thursday, September 13th. Keep reading for full list of tour dates.
State Radio is heading back to Northampton, MA on October 26th and 27th for the Calling All Crows' 4th Annual Northampton Halloween Weekend. As part of the announcement, State Radio shares “Take Cover,” the latest single from their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (Fall 2012).
The weekend starts when Chad Urmston (Dispatch, Chadwick Stokes) takes the stage for a solo acoustic set at The Iron Horse Music Hall and continues the next night with State Radio at Calvin Theater.
The weekend of music wouldn’t be complete without the CAC Northampton Halloween 5K. On October 27th, State Radio fans and Calling All Crows supporters take to the streets of downtown - in costume - for a fun walk/run to support CAC’s new marriage equality campaign. Proceeds from this year’s race will go to support Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW!
For more information, please visit: http://www.stayclassy.org/northampton/events/northampton-halloween-5k/e18469
“In what could be one of the most ambitious music videos from an independent band, Shiny Toy Guns‘ Carah Faye and Jeremy Dawson went to great lengths to tell the story of ‘the love runner’ in their new video for ‘Waiting Alone.’” --Jay “Lightning” Tilles, KROQ.com (July 17, 2012)
Los Angeles’ Shiny Toy Guns newest track “Waiting Alone” marks the return of Carah Faye, the original vocalist who along with band mates Chad Petree (vocals/guitars), Jeremy Dawson (keyboards/bass) and Mikey Martin (drums), propelled Shiny Toy Guns into the spotlight with their first hits “Le Disko” and “You Are The One” from their debut 2006 release We Are Pilots. Now, the band has made available the “Waiting Alone” video, which made its debut yesterday on VEVO.
Conceptualized by Faye and Dawson and directed by Luke Eberl and Edgar Morais, the 6 minute and 45 second short film titled "#Loverunner" finds a girl (Carah), running cross-country from Los Angeles to New York City in a quest to join the love of her life, overcoming daunting obstacles posed by a mysterious evil figure. During the making of the video, the band covered almost 6,000 miles through 22 states over 24 days, filming at such landmarks as the Grand Canyon, Pike's Peak, the Alamo and the Empire State Building. Shiny Toy Guns’ Chad Petree, who sings lead vocal on the song, is also featured in the piece.
“Waiting Alone” appears on the band’s third album III, due out in October on Five Seven Music. Look for a remix by L.A. Riots to be made available soon.