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Liam Titcomb To Release Debut Nettwerk Album 'Cicada' On August 7

Listen To A Brief Telling Of The Story Behind "Love Don't Let Me Down" By Titcomb,
Followed By An Acoustic Performance

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb will release his full-length album Cicada on Nettwerk Records on August 7, 2012. The album's first single, "Love Don't Let Me Down," is available now on iTunes.

Liam released his first album in Canada at the age of 16, and quickly became a presence in his home country, touring alongside established artists like Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, David Usher & Colin James. However, Cicada is his proper introduction to the rest of the world.

In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring everything the UK had to offer and forging some incredible friendships in the process, he hit his stride as a writer and began penning the material that would eventually become his latest offering.

"This is a fresh start," he says. "I'm ready to go after the whole globe. There's a little bit of everything on this album. It's bittersweet at times. It's fun at times. This is who I am at the end of the day. There's no persona. I try to be genuine. I make music because I love it."

Matt Wertz Announces Fall Tour Dates

Nettwerk Management artist Matt Wertz has announced fall tour dates, starting on October 5th in Madison, WI. For more information, check out Matt's Facebook page here

Matt Wertz On Tour:

October 5 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon (21+)
October 6 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (18+)
October 8 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark (All Ages)
November 14 - Annapolis, MD @ Ram's Head On Stage (All Ages)
November 15 - Washington, DC @ The Hamilton (18+)
November 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (All Ages)
November 17 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall (18+)
November 18 - New York, NY @ City Winery (All Ages)

August 7th, Hadouken! Release "Bad Signal" From Upcoming Full-Length; EP Includes Remixes

Hadouken! - Bad Signal by hadouken

"It's been a long and explorative journey for Hadouken! but tonight's Hottest Record sounds like they have found their natural home. Their position in bass culture is unique, bringing both the live element and credibility in the electronic music field together to create something unique in Bad Signal." - Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

On August 7th, Hadouken! will release “Bad Signal,” the latest single from their forthcoming studio album. Hadouken! is the band at the forefront of UK Bass, the most dominant and exciting sound happening on the Isles.

Bass is the underground club sound that has swallowed the mainstream, and as such, is the latest great British youth movement. Best known for their massive live shows, Hadouken! joins producers and DJs such as Chase & Status and Nero at the helm of Bass culture. During the last tour, fans were invited to bring their video cameras and record the performance, which the band stitched together to create and share a single live piece.

To check out the 4-minute clip of what their live show looks like, visit: http://youtu.be/YOKFamtqwow

Radical Face Premieres New Video For "We're On Our Way"

Radical Face, aka Ben Cooper, has premiered a new video for the song “We’re On Our Way” via FILTERMagazine.com. “This video came about a little differently than most that I do. “ Ben explains. “My friends and I like to do themed, ridiculous parties a couple times a year. This one was prompted by my brother, and the concept evolved from "we should have a food fight" to "we should dress as lords and ladies, stay in character for an entire day, and go do games around the city ... and then have a food fight." Dubbed the "Fancy Feast," Ben’s friend Michael Walter came out to shoot the day. Afterwards, Ben cut the footage into the highly entertaining video you see here.

“We’re On Our Way” was released on the deluxe edition of Radical Face’s sophomore album, The Family Tree: The Roots, in October of last year. The track is currently featured in the trailer for the film, “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower”, which premiered during the MTV Movie Awards. Not unfamiliar territory for Cooper, who has also had music featured in the film, “The Descendants” and “Salmon Fishing in Yemen”. Listening to The Family Tree, it is easy to understand why, with its lush instrumentation and Cooper’s inviting vocals. Cooper comes from a big family in Jacksonville, FL and still records in the toolshed of his mother’s house, a short drive from where he lives. That environment, with its comfort and intimacy comes through in every song.

Radical Face appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly last November. You check out the interview and performance here.

eMusic Features Nettwerk Records In Their "Office Ambience" Series!

Nettwerk Records was the featured record label on eMusic's Dot 17 Blog earlier this week, as part of the "Office Ambiance" series.  Check out the story here to learn what various Nettwerkers are listening too around the office: http://bit.ly/LioVFA.

Great Lake Swimmers Make The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List!

The 2012 Polaris Long List was announced today in Vancouver, and Nettwerk recording artist Great Lake Swimmers and their new album New Wild Everywhere are one of 40 artists/releases nominated for the presigious annual award. 

The Polaris Music Prize, which is now in its 7th year, honors the best in Canadian music from the past year.  A $30,000 award will be presented to what the jury of voters deem to be the best Canadian album released between June 2011 and May 2012.  The list will be narrowed down to a short list of ten on July 17th at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. 

Dispatch Shares Second Track "Josaphine" From Upcoming Album 'Circles Around the Sun'

Dispatch have shared a second track, called "Josaphine," from their upcoming album Cirles Around The Sun, out August 21st (Bomber Records). This marks their first new full-length album in 12 years. Consquence Of Sound commented on the new track, "It’s gentle, shimmery guitar work and crystalline harmonies are perfect for a moonlight waltz with your sweetheart." Listen to "Josaphine" below. 

 

Kidstreet's "Song" Soundtracks Latest Apple TV Ad!

Nettwerk recording artist Kidstreet is the current soundtrack to the latest Apple ad campaign. An instrumental version of the band's song, aptly named "Song," is being used by Apple to introduce the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Listen to the song in full above, and check out the commercial below. 

Gruff Rhys Announces August Investigative Concert Tour


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NW1 client Gruff Rhys has announced his second investigative concert tour of the Americas. The first, which saw Gruff winding his way around South America in a search for his long lost, guitar-playing, poncho-wearing uncle, Rene Griffiths, was documented by Dylan Goch in their 2010 feature film Separado! In August 2012, Gruff - known around the world for his work with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, as well as his collaborations with Gorillaz, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and Simian Mobile Disco - will be seeking out the final resting place of his relative John Evans, who left Wales in 1792 on a quest to find a mythical tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans. Gruff will follow the path of John Evans using film, the written word, photo-story, social media and song to create an investigative road movie and album.

John Evans - a 22-year old farmhand from the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales - responded to a plea for a brave soul to ascertain if there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog (widely believed to have discovered America in 1170). During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted Bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St Louis, discovered imaginary volcanoes in Missouri, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clarke on their legendary expedition. His adventure was cut short when he died broke and out of his mind at 29 in New Orleans.

Hadouken! Premieres "Bad Signal" On BBC Radio 1!

Hadouken! - Bad Signal by hadouken

"It's been a long and explorative journey for Hadouken! but tonight's Hottest Record sounds like they have found their natural home. Their position in bass culture is unique, bringing both the live element and credibility in the electronic music field together to create something unique." - Zane Lowe/BBC Radio 1

Today, Hadouken! premieres their latest single, “Bad Signal” on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World! Hadouken! sat down with Zane to discuss the album; joining a pantheon of musicians recently interviewed, such as Muse, Eminem, Mark Hoppus, The Prodigy and more.

Already trending at #3, “Bad Signal” is the follow up track from the upcoming studio album, the first full-length release since 2010’s For The Masses. Previously, Hadouken! offered lead track, “Parasite,” as a free download on their site: www.hadouken.com/parasite. In the space of a month, “Parasite” has received over 60,000 downloads and the official video racked up 150,000 hits and growing.

Set for a series of summer festival dates throughout the UK and Europe (see below), stay tuned for more information on a stateside tour.