"['The Great Exhale'] exudes a somber quality, built from an orchestra of violin, shimmering cymbals and frontman Tony Dekker’s morose baritone." -- MTV Hive
Yesterday, MTV Hivepremiered a new video for the song "The Great Exhale" from Toronto indie-folk darlings Great Lake Swimmers. The track is from the band's fifth studio album, New Wild Everywhere. GLS frontman Tony Dekker and video director Christopher Mills spoke with MTV Hive about the making of the video. Said Mills, “I found the song to be really haunting and beautiful, so the original concept for the video was based on a very loose idea of exploring empty, dissonant places, and to more of a visual essay that put ‘the music on the wind that passes through. The plan was to fill these spaces with these drawings, and ‘ghostly light and effects’ in ways that complimented the music.” Read more at MTV Hive here: http://mtvhv.com/QDVRN2.
Today, State Radio release Rabbit Inn Rebellion via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records.
State Radio’s Chad Stokes (of Dispatch & Chadwick Stokes), Chuck Fay and Mike “Mad Dog” Najarian serve up rock n’ roll realism that weaves together stories of the downtrodden and the oppressed, but never loses its sense of hope. Demonstrating the band’s versatility, Rabbit Inn Rebellion is raw and gritty, rolling with thunderous drumming and delectably grimy guitars, moving away from the previously reggae- and ska-tinged productions on 2009's Let It Go.
To celebrate the album release, State Radio kick off their North American tour today in Carrboro, NC. The 2-month tour will include two dates - October 26th and 27th - at the Calling All Crows' 4th Annual Northampton Halloween Weekend. The weekend includes the CAC Northampton Halloween 5K, where 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, ME. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/Ol650d. For full tour dates, see below.
After much anticipation, Los Angeles electro-rock outfit Shiny Toy Guns have released their new album III (Five Seven Music). It features the first new material by the original line-up in five years.
Production on III, courtesy of Mirror Machines (the band’s Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson), is lush and dramatic, ranging from driving tracks like the first single due January 2013 “Somewhere To Hide,” “Waiting Alone” and “Speaking Japanese” into a sonic pendulum swing to the genre bending current release “Fading Listening.” The band teamed up with legendary mixer Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keyes) to finalize and sharpen the new 2012 sound of the band. Unlike any other group out there today, Shiny Toy Guns music is driving rock and electro spearheaded by a male and female vocal courtesy of Chad Petree and Carah Faye.
Today, VEVO premiered the video for “Fading Listening” starring Tiny Toy Guns, a play on the band recording the song as kids. Carah Faye is played by Ally Petree, eight year old daughter of Chad Petree. Chad Petree is played by Jesse McClintock, son of GUNS longtime indie music publisher Steve McClintock. Drummer Mikey Martin is played by Maximus Morse, son of Toby Morse, singer of punk/hardcore band H20. Jeremy Dawson on keyboards is played by Noah Castro, the six year old son of friends of Mikey Martin. The two girls engineering at the mixing desk are Isabella Petree (age 6) and Stevie Jane Petree (age 5), daughters of Steven Petree ex-member of SHINY TOY GUNS and brother of Chad Petree. The studio owner in played by Tony Maserati.
"Rosenberg’s wordplay, clever rhymes and deadpan humor distinguish him from fellow musicians lumped into the expansive ‘singer/songwriter’ category." - Paste Magazine
"This man is brilliant and humble. He’s troubling and hilarious. He’s lighthearted and full of heart. His performance mirrored these contrasts...Passenger’s live performance is an experience. " - The Owl (live review)
"[Passenger's] command of the venue was obvious, as he was the only performer that night able to completely silence the crowd." - ConcertBlogger (live review)
" All the Little Lights sees Rosenberg shine at his brightest as both a songwriter and performer." - ArtistDirect
UK-born troubadour Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, will return to North America for a two week solo tour starting Thursday, December 6 in Boston and wrapping Friday, December 14 in Los Angeles (all tour dates below). Rosenberg will perform songs from his latest album All The Little Lights, which features standout track “Let Her Go” and has been on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart for seven straight weeks, where it peaked at #17. The album has also spent five weeks on the Canadian Top 200 Albums Chart, with nearly 4,000 albums sold.
2012 has been a landmark year for Passenger. With his unique blend of the humorous and the heartbreaking, he has won the hearts and minds of audiences around the globe, performing live and selling-out venues across the UK, Europe, Australia and most recently North America with Ed Sheeran. The December solo tour mark Rosenberg’s largest North American tour to date. (Keep reading for more information and tour dates.)
Julia Stone has unveiled a new video for the track “Justine” from her acclaimed solo album, By The Horns. The video, which premiered on HitFix.com (here: http://bit.ly/RaBKWe), co-stars actor Quinton Aaron of the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side as Julia’s love interest.
Director Jessie Hill told HitFix: "I wanted give the viewer an opportunity to experience something different to the ‘normal’ images of lovers in video clips. I set out to make a video that depicted a heartfelt romance in a distant time...a love story in its purist state. My casting agent suggested Quinton, and I immediately contacted him to have a coffee. The contrast of Julia being so tiny and Quinton being a larger character was something I wanted to explore visually."
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. Julia has previously released two albums as one-half of the award-winning Aussie sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone (Down The Way; A Book Like This), as well one previous solo full-length (Julia Stone in The Memory Machine).
On October 22, State Radio will release their upcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records.
Today, the band shares the "Freckled Mary" official video (see above). As an extra bonus for fans, Find Freckled Maryposters will be hidden across the country and rewarding fans who find them with passes to watch a soundcheck and meet the band. The search begins today in Carrboro, NC. All clues and news will be posted on the band's Twitter and Facebook.
To further celebrate the release of Rabbit Inn Rebellion, State Radio performs a free acoustic in-store performance at Newbury Comics in Norwood, MA on Monday, October 29, starting at 6PM EST.
On October 11th, Family Of The Year partnered with TOMS Shoes for "World Sight Day." As part of the "Today I Am Happy To See..." campaign, the band took photos from the road during their current tour with White Arrows.
TOMS are known for shoes and their One For One campaign - for every person who buys a pair of TOMS, a child in need also receives a pair. They've recently launched a sunglass line with the same theme. For ever pair purchased, TOMS gives sight to a person (whether that be with reading glasses, eye surgery, etc).
State Radio reveals the lyric video for “Big Man” from their forthcoming album - Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out October 22 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records).
As the largest international protest, The Occupy Movement inspired the story behind “Big Man.” A song about the social and economic inequality within the financial structure -- with a shout out to the late Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire) as well as references to Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom).
"With the one year anniversary of The Occupy Movement approaching, I'm proud of our contingent here in Boston on the front lines. The song is about the economic disparity between Wall Street and the rest of us, while referencing Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom). Playing at Boston's Dewey Square was a dream for me. I was so honored to be there, let alone play music, for our brothers and sisters who are making a stand against injustice and corruption," – says lead singer/guitarist Chad Stokes.
Nettwerk Management artist Stereophonics share with fans a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming studio album. Directed by lead guitarist and vocalist Kelly Jones, the 5-minute short film for “Violins and Tambourines” is the first time that Jones steps behind the camera.
“I've loved film and music ever since I was a kid. When I first started writing songs I realized they could paint pictures in your mind, which inevitably leads to telling stories. I've always wanted to combine them both. Directing for the first time with a fantastic crew and cast was a great experience. Here's an appetizer of film and new music from our 8th album - listen with headphones!” says Jones.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional information about the album and touring plans.