fun. has announced details of their very busy summer schedule, including sold out headline shows, high profile TV appearances, and the arrival of a new single/video from their breakthrough album, Some Nights.
The jam-packed itinerary gets underway this weekend when fun. teams with Janelle Monáe for a much-anticipated live performance of their record-breaking #1 hit, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe),” at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, slated for Sunday, June 3rd at 9 pm ET/PT (check local listings).
Monday, June 4th will see fun. visiting ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for an eagerly awaited performance on the show’s famed Outdoor Stage. That same day will also see the band partnering with AOL for a free concert at Los Angeles’ House of Blues Sunset celebrating “Signature Sounds,” an original video series and traveling music program hosted on AOL Music and AOLOn. Tickets to the show will be available via an exclusive RSVP page, located at http://music.aol.com/signature-sounds/.
Monday will also see the long-awaited debut of the epic companion video to fun’s new single, “Some Nights.” The clip – directed by Anthony Mandler (Jay-Z, Rihanna, Drake, The Killers) – will have its world premiere exclusively on MTV and on www.mtv.com at 3:55 pm ET. In the meantime, fun. fans can get an early taste of the “Some Nights” video via a special teaser, streaming now. To watch the video, see above.
Check out this exclusive Buzznet premiere of The Colurs new single “Easy to Love,” from their unreleased debut EP. The Colurs are combining contemporary pop production with lush orchestral arrangements to bring you a fresh new sound this summer. This debut video features The Colurs’ members Max Townsley and Drew Erickson and their orchestra performing live from their recording house in Denton, Texas.
The album, which has yet to be released, features original tracks written and recorded by Townsley and Erickson. Both multi-instrumentalists, they played all the primary parts on the record and composed the accompanying orchestral score. A few other previews to the album can be heard on the bands website or on their YouTube channel.
Check out Julia’s exclusive acoustic performances, interview and photo shoot with MTV Iggy here: http://bit.ly/M40a5k
“It’s practically impossible not to fall just a little bit in love with both the singer and her beautifully fragile music.” -- Q Magazine (UK)
Julia Stone’s new solo effort, By The Horns, is officially in stores this week, and to celebrate, the Aussie chanteuse has released a new video for the album’s title track. In the video, which was directed by Jessie Hill and filmed deep in the jungles of tropical Asia, Julia takes the viewer on a gondola ride through mist-shrouded lakes, playing the role of a scorned goddess who has turned her unfaithful ex-lover into a goblin of the underworld, but she ends up the victim of her own creation. The video recently premièred on the KCRW Music Blog. Watch it above.
By The Horns was produced by Thomas Bartlett and Patrick Dillett, whose combined work includes credits on records by Antony & The Johnsons, David Byrne, The National, and Mary J Blige. The album is comprised of nine original tracks and a cover of The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” (Listen to it here: http://bit.ly/KYgX4d.)
Critics from around the globe are praising By The Horns:
“ A Triumph” – Harper’s Bazaar (Australia)
“…haunting folk ballads.” – MTV Iggy
"Darker, wiser, and more personally reflective...’By the Horns’ strikes a nice balance between standard, confessional singer/songwriter fare and radio-ready alt-pop."—All Music
“…a work of true depth and emotion.” -- Clash Magazine (UK)
"The sister has branched off from the brother and is learning to fly on this exceptional solo release." -- LA Music Blog
"Her lovely, airy voice is more forceful on this record, and we like it." – The Owl Mag
"’By The Horns’ will give you goosebumps.” -- triple j magazine (Australia)
“…a firm example of Stone’s mass appeal and ability to stand alone as solo artist.”
-- The Line Of Best Fit (UK)
“I see the power of music to connect cultures. I see it when I stand on a stage at a bluegrass festival … and I bust out into a song in Chinese, and everybody's eyes just pop wide open.” - Abigail Washburn
Nettwerk Records' catalogue artist and TED Fellow, Abigail Washburn, headed to Long Beach, CA for the annual TED2012 Conference. Washburn joined a 2012 class of honorees that included a molecular biologist, a space archaeologist, a blue whale scientist, a DIY Neurologist and 20 other innovators recognized by the globally recognized and highly esteemed nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” To watch, please visit HERE.
Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.
This week, Morgan Page begins a series of summer festivals and headline gigs across North America in support of his recently release album, In The Air. To celebrate, Conan O' Brien invites Morgan to be this week's featured Guest DJ for "Conan O'Brien Presents: Team Coco." Included in Morgan's featured playlist is a stream to his full album and a link to his 100th 'In The Air' Podcast. Check it out! Playlist track listing below.
Nettwerk Records and Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop are pleased to celebrate his Canadian album chart debut, with Where The Mountain Meets The Valley landing at #175 on Canada's Top 200 Chart, as well as #67 on the Digital Albums Chart.
In his early 20s, Hyslop is inspired by an array of artists - Damien Rice, William Fitzsimmons, Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine – but, has developed his own kind of artfully-rendered Americana.
In the coming days, Hyslop will be taking his music on the road. The stripped down performances highlight Hsylop’s innate ability to effortlessly write beautiful melodies layered on top of lovely harmonies.
Toronto based singer-songwriter Liam Titcomb is set to release "Love Don't Let Me Down," the lead single from his forthcoming Nettwerk debut album, out June 19th. The single comes bundled in a 4-track EP, which is comprised of an acoustic version of the title track, as well as additional songs “Map Of Me” and “Chasing You.”
Listen to "Love Don't Let Me Down" below:
The result of a powerful collaboration with producer Jay Joyce, “Love Don’t Let Me Down” boasts a cinematic storyline driven by shimmering guitars and painted with Titcomb’s signature delivery. The track remains both irresistible and inspiring; a perfect forerunner to Liam’s upcoming full-length debut.
Titcomb is preparing for a handful of Canadian dates, starting May 30th. For a complete list, see below.
Vancouver-based alt/folk trio The Be Good Tanyas will release a career retrospective entitled A Collection (2000 – 2012) on July 17, 2012. The album will feature stand-out tracks and fan favorites from the band’s three critically-acclaimed full-length albums: Blue Horse (2001), Chinatown (2003) and Hello Love (2006). Additionally, the 16-song collection will include four previously unreleased tracks: two brand new tracks “Little Black Bear” and “Gospel Song,” and new mixes of “Scattered Leaves” and “Song For R.”
The trio will be playing various festivals this summer across Canada, and will make their debut appearance at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, CA the weekend of August 10, alongside artists like Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Regina Spektor, Alabama Shakes and more.
The Be Good Tanyas—Frazey Ford, Trish Klein and Samantha Parton—formed in Vancouver in 1999, and captured the hearts of fans and critics alike for their unique mixture of deep country, early American folk, old-time blues and gospel. Their gorgeous instrumentation, combined with stunning vocals and seamless harmonies create music that is warm, honest and captivating.
Fri, June 8 - Sat, June 9 Girdwood, AK @ Fiddlehead Festival
Fri, July 6 - Sun, July 8 Courtenay, BC @ Vancouver Island Music Festival
Wed, July 25 Kingston, ON @ Chalmers United Church
Thur, July 26 Burnstown, ON @ Neat Coffee Shop
Sat, July 28 - Sun, July 29 Guelph, ON @ Hillside Festival
Fri, Aug 10 - Sun, Aug 12 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
"If there's an off-center California pop sound for the here and now, this is probably what it sounds like." – LA Weekly
“The Mamas and The Papas on acid.” – Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
Nettwerk recording artist, Family Of The Year, announce details of their much-anticipated studio album, Loma Vista. Set for release July 10, the full-length follows the critical success of last year’s St. Croix EP; heralded by NPR as “ebullient, full of stylistic left turns” and “intense and atmospheric” by Rolling Stone.
Family Of The Year—Joe (vocals, guitar), Sebastian (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitar, vocals), and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals) - completed 14 songs with producer Wally Gagel, one-half of production/songwriting team, WAX LTD and who’s credits include Rolling Stones, Muse, New Order, PJ Harvey, Sebadoh, Eels, Rihanna and more. A few tracks were set aside for St Croix, the remaining make up Loma Vista. This is the first time that the band has worked with a producer and gone outside their own camp to release their music.
To celebrate the forthcoming release, FOTY reveals “Diversity” and partnered with Nylon Magazine to share a 4-minute tour clip pieced together from their recent North American jaunt with Good Old War and Belle Brigade. A band with remarkable performance presence, the video aptly captures life on the road with a band that started out “cohabitating” in a run-down house and relying on each other for inspiration and support.
Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) are excited to announce the release of their newest album, Carry Me Back, on July 17 through ATO Records. Carry Me Back is the band's fourth studio album and first since 2008's Tennessee Pusher (Nettwerk), and features 12 brand new tracks that sonically span the band's career while still pushing them forward in new directions as musicians and songwriters. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium studios in Nashville (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; REM's Document; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand).
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. "Ted Hutt asked us to really dig deep as artists, as songwriters, to get to the heart of the matter of these songs and, especially, not to settle for anything less than their greatness," recalls Ketch Secor of the band. Secor is also very proud of the result of the band's songwriting efforts on the album, saying "For me, Carry Me Back is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners, and promenade home. Each of these songs was an accident waiting to happen."
Keep reading for more information, including tour dates.