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Hey Ocean! Announce First Leg Of U.S. Tour Dates; "Big Blue Wave" Single Out Now

Vancouver-based indie pop trio Hey Ocean! have announced initial tour dates in support of their upcoming full-length album IS, out January 29, 2013. The first leg of their U.S. tour focuses on the west coast, kicking-off Saturday, February 2 in Seattle, WA. Midwest and east coast dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Hey Ocean!—Dave Vertesi [vocals/bass], Ashleigh Ball [vocals/flute], David Beckingham [vocals/guitar]—are three mischievous personalities who, when combined, form a dynamic live presence that keeps concertgoers captivated and on their feet. The band has been building their fervent live following since 2008 with countless tours across their native Canada. Whether headlining or opening for the likes of Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd and Bedouin Soundclash, the trio consistently enchant the initiated and uninitiated alike. Their electrifying live show has also wowed audiences at various festivals, including the Calgary Virgin Festival, Saskatoon Jazz Fest, Whistler Arts Festival and, most recently, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival.

In other news, “Big Blue Wave,” the first single from IS, is available now on iTunes. The track serves as the perfect introduction to Hey Ocean!, combing irresistible hooks and infectious melodies. Watch the video for the track above.

(Keep reading for list of tour dates...)

Wanting Receives 10 Nominations For China's Chinese Music Chart Awards

Nettwerk Music Group congratulates Wanting on her 10 Chinese Music Chart Awards nominations. The Vancouver-based, Chinese-born singer/songwriter released her debut album, Everything In The World, in her homeland during the summer of 2011, where it went Platinum in less than one week. Today, the album has erupted in and around the territory, going Triple Platinum in China, Double Platinum in Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia.

Wanting’s 10 nominations include “Album of the Year, Mainland China,” “Most Popular New Artist Of The Year, Mainland China,” “Most Popular Female Singer, Mainland China,” “Best Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, Mainland China,” “Best Female Singer, Mainland China,” “Best New Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Mainland China,” “Best Album Producer, Hong Kong and Taiwan.” Her stand-out single “You Exist In My Song” (which was featured in the Chinese indie cult film Love In The Buff) has been nominated for “Lyrics of the Year, Mainland China,” Melody of the Year, Mainland China,” “Best Music Arrangement, Hong Kong and Taiwan.” Watch the video above.

Wanting has achieved more than 10 million combined views on YouTube, 8 million combined views on Chinese YouTube (YouKu) and has more than 600,000 followers on Chinese Twitter (Weibo). She has also been featured in a slew of North American press, from CBC’s The Q with Jian Ghomeshi, The Atlantic, Billboard.biz and CBC’s The National, to major Chinese-language media like Sinovision, World Journal, Sing Tao and Epoch Times. Whether penned in her native tongue of Mandarin or English (which she only learned to speak at age 16), Wanting’s piano-swept music wins over the masses because her compositions—pop musings that plumb emotion—resonate universally.

Delerium Prepares To Release 'Days Turn Into Night' EP; Shares Seven Lions' Remix

To advance the December 18 release of Days Turn Into Nights EP, influential Canadian group Delerium share the remix from rising talent Seven Lions (aka Jeff Montalvo), exclusively at Beatport. Signed to Skrillex's OWSLA label, Seven Lions cites Delerium as one of his earliest inspirations and this fantastic remix brings early forms of electronic music together with new EDM trends.

The nine-song EP includes other great remixes by house impresario Andy Caldwell and English trance artist Richard Mowatt, better known as Solarstone.

More information to follow in the coming days!

Nettwerk Management Artist fun. Nominated For Six Grammy Awards!

Congratulations to Nettwerk Management artist fun. on their six Grammy® nominations - Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group - for their sophomore album Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen). The break-out album is the follow up to their 2009 debut Aim & Ignite out on Nettwerk Records. Fun. is the only act to land in all four top categories.

Performing at Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, the band was on-hand when the 2013 nominations were announced. Speaking with Rolling Stone backstage, guitarist Jack Antonoff sums it up, "People have said a lot of stuff to us this year about a lot of crazy things – some of them have happened, some of them haven't. We just put all the stock into the show; that's the only thing we've ever been able to count on as a band, is getting up there and playing for people and having control over what we do, so these things that we have no control over, we try not to think about them, and if they do happen, like tonight, it feels that much better because we didn't plan in any way."

Also up for the Best Long Form Video nomination is Big Easy Express, featuring Old Crow Medicine Show.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

BOY To Release Debut Album 'Mutual Friends' February 26; North American Tour Starts March 1 In NYC

Hamburg-based indie pop duo BOY is set to make their North American debut with the release of Mutual Friends on February 26, 2013. The album’s infectious first single “Little Numbers,” which has garnered more than 6.5 million YouTube views, is available today on iTunes, along with b-side “Skin (acoustic version).” In support of the release, the ladies of BOY will embark on their first proper tour of the States, starting Friday, March 1 in New York City at Joe’s Pub (full list of dates below).

BOY is comprised of Swiss-born Valeska Steiner and German-born Sonja Glass (neither of which are boys). The two met serendipitously when they participated in a prestigious music workshop in Hamburg. They immediately bonded over their classical-music training and a mutual love of the French band Phoenix. Before long, they decided to form a band and began writing what would become Mutual Friends.

Watch The Video For “Little Numbers” Here

Watch The Video For “Skin (Acoustic Version)” Here:

Mutual Friends is an autobiographical affair, comprised of smart, sharply-observed songs that resonate because they’re about everyday life. The hooks are contagious and the lyrics are straight from the heart. “It's about arrivals and new beginnings,” explains Valeska. “About hopes and dreams and aspirations. We want to make music that's positive and hopeful,” she says. “There is more to music than heartbreak and loss,” agrees Sonja. The album has already achieved Gold status in Germany, where it has sold more than 100,000 copies.

(Keep reading for more details, including tour dates.)

Current Swell Release Video For Album Title Track "Long Time Ago"; West Coast Dates Start Dec 7

VIctoria-B.C. roots rock foursome Current Swell have released a new video for the track "Long Time Ago" from their latest album of the same name  The band will continue their headline tour on the west coast starting this Friday, Dec 7 in Portland, OR and wrapping Saturday, Dec 15 in Spokane, WA (all tour dates below).  This marks Current Swell’s first official headline tour in the States; the band recently opened for Dispatch on a small run of west coast dates.

Since forming in 2005, Current Swell’s west coast influenced sound—an infectious combination of blues, roots, pop and rock—have earned the quartet scores of devoted fans from Canada to Brazil, where they recently returned from headlining two major festivals in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The independent band started with modest expectations, playing shows in settings that ranged from backyards to beaches and using social media to grow their audience. Since then, they have supported artists like Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, K-OS, The Beach Boys, The Tragically Hip and more. Last summer, Current Swell not only headlined a Canada Day concert in front of a crowd of 45,000, but they also earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project, a professional development program designed to help emerging artists.

State Radio Partners with IFC To Reveal "Big Man" Official Music Video, Featuring Unique Castrol Oil-Can Guitar; N. American Tour Continues

Partnering with IFC (Independent Film Channel), State Radio reveals the official music video for “Big Man” from their album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out now via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records.

Of the video’s subject matter, director Michael Gill says, “the video is aesthetically inspired by dystopian sci-fi movies like Brazil and Metropolis, and it is intended to satirize the myth that the wealthiest 1% of America are 'job creators'...and to just generally indict the exploitation of the working class.”

While he’s always brought it on tour, State Radio frontman Chad Stokes is seen playing the handmade 6-string African oil can guitar, also know as a ram kiekie. A gift purchased on the streets of Capetown, South Africa, the alternative to store-bought guitars is made from a Castrol oil can, bottle tops, plastic and salvaged copper. Nicknamed “Fidel Castrol,” the guitar often appears on album tracks.

Aaron Espe's "Through Frozen Forests" Featured In Sainsbury 2012 Christmas Day TV Ads

Nettwerk One Publishing client Aaron Espe has much to celebrate this holiday season. His song "Through Frozen Forests" is currently the soundtrack to a series of 14 Sainsbury 2012 Christmas Day TV ads in the UK (watch the ads HERE).  "Through Frozen Forests" and four other tracks have been released as a digital EP in the UK (here). Watch the lyric video for the track above.

Junkie XL Partners With UStream To Air Performance From Amsterdam Music Event; Album Out Now

“Dutch musician/producer JXL, who rose to fame remixing Elvis Presley's ‘A Little Less Conversation’ in 2002, creates EDM with a classic-rock sensibility. It's easy to hear his mind-altering soundscapes as contemporary acid rock.” - USA Today

“The Dutch born, LA-based uber-producer returns to stir up his dance-rock roots with some catchy hooks, courtesy of talent like Tears for Fears and Datarock.”
- Elektro (Winter Issue)

Hailing from Amsterdam but now based in Los Angeles, electronic music producer and musician Junkie XL celebrates the release of his new album Synthesized. Out now on Nettwerk Records, the 12-track offering marks his first album in four years and the sixth full-length LP in his 15-year career.

To Listen To The Full Album, Click Here: http://snd.sc/Qblybm

Today, Junkie XL’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) performance broadcasted on Nettwerk's Ustream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/junkiexl. Filmed on October 19th at Dutch electronic dance event VRIJ (www.vrij.nl) -- a sold-out event at the monumental Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam's city center - the performance captures Junkie XL presenting selections from Synthesized including his current single “Gloria,” a pulsating club track with tough, bass-heavy stylings featuring Fredrik of DATAROCK, as well as other album cuts, including “Off The Dancefloor,” “Love Machine” (a track he produced with Tommie Sunshine) and “Synthesized.” 

Hey Ocean! Joins Nettwerk Records To Release 'IS' On January 29th; Single "Big Blue Wave" Out December 11th

Vancouver-based indie pop trio Hey Ocean! are bringing their unbridled spirit Stateside with the release of their latest full-length album IS, out January 29, 2013 via Nettwerk Records. The album combines irresistible hooks and infectious melodies with dreamy keyboards and crystal clear guitars, all of which can be heard on lead single “Big Blue Wave,” available digitally on December 11, 2012 (watch the video above).

Hey Ocean!—Dave Vertesi [vocals/bass], Ashleigh Ball [vocals/flute], David Beckingham [vocals/guitar]—are three mischievous personalities who, when combined, form a dynamic live presence that keeps concertgoers captivated and on their feet. Whether headlining or opening for the likes of Cat Empire and Bedouin Soundclash, the trio consistently enchants the initiated and uninitiated alike, leaving crowds smiling every time.

Stay tuned for U.S. tour news in the coming weeks.