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Jay Brannan Announces 27-Date U.S. Tour; New Album 'Rob Me Blind' Out Now

With his sophomore album Rob Me Blind out this week, NYC-based singer/songwriter Jay Brannan has announced a U.S. summer tour in support of the release. The 27-date trek starts in Boston at the Brighton Music Hall on July 18th and wraps in his home city of New York at the Highline Ballroom on August 25th.

Listen to Jay's cover of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" live from Eddie's Attic:

Jay’s rabid online following combined with his penchant for connecting with live audiences has allowed him to tour the world multiple times in the past few years, often playing to sold-out rooms across the globe. Usually performing alone with guitar, each show is peppered with a healthy amount of commentary, often expounding on the observations, adventures, and frustrations of his daily life. Jay has also been know to throw in a few covers of his favorite songs, ranging from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Adele and (as linked to above) Nicki Minaj.

For the follow-up to his 2008 critically acclaimed debut album goddamned, Jay teamed up with his dream producer, David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Bangles, Lana Del Rey). Rob Me Blind maintains the signature qualities of a Jay Brannan album--brutal honesty, sharp wit and sparkling melodies--while showcasing Kahne's thoughtful production abilities.

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Junkie XL Releases New Single EP, "Off The Dancefloor" (Available Now)

Junkie XL - Off the Dancefloor by Junkie XL

Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg) releases a new single EP for the track “Off The Dancefloor” featuring Isis Salam (Chinese Flash Mob, Thunderheist). “Off The Dancefloor” (OTDF) is from the Dutch-born musician, remixer and producer’s forthcoming studio album, set to drop in 2012. The EP features the album track, along with remixes from NT89, TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES and Deniz Koyu.

NT89 starts off the EP with his benchmark “future techno” stylings. Better known for their mindf*ck performance art (eggs, glitter, feather bombs, mud, liquid latex, spaghetti) Tokyo’s electropop band, TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES, renders OTDF anew with their stylized tweaks. MTV’s “EDM [Electronic Dance Music] Artist To Watch in 2012” Denis Koyu rounds out the EP with his signature progressive and electro house production.

In other news, Holkenborg collaborated with Hans Zimmer to remix the theme song to the The Academy Awards®. Holkenborg is the first Dutch recording producer involved in the awards. Titled “D_Generation,” the remix is one of six interpretations included on the collection, aptly named The 84th Academy Awards – Celebrate The Music. Other artists who contributed to the compilation are musician/producer/composer Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes), Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding, percussionist/composer Sheila E., three-time Oscar winning Giorgio Moroder, and two-time Oscar winner A.R. Rahman.

This is not the first time Holkenborg and Zimmer have worked together. In 2010, Zimmer enlisted the talents of the Dutch-born producer/musician to remix the original score to the hit film, Inception.

Julia Stone Releases Video For Latest Single "It's All Okay"

Julia Stone has released a new video for her latest single "It's All Okay," from her forthcoming solo album By The Horns, out May 29.  "It's All Okay" is available now in iTunes (here). 

Great Lake Swimmers Drop By CBC Music For Up Close Session

Tony Dekker Talks To CBC About New Wild Everywhere, Out April 3

Great Lake Swimmers stopped by CBC Music last week to record an Up Close Session, a live, in-studio sneak peak of some songs from the band's fifth studio album New Wild Everywhere, out April 3. Listen to the session here: http://bit.ly/GTa8ha.

The band also unveiled their entire new album live last Tuesday, March 20 with a very special show from The Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Toronto hosted by Radio 3's Craig Norris. Video footage from the concert will be available on the newly launched cbcmusic.ca in the coming days, but check out CBC's interview with Tony Dekker from soundcheck at Glenn Gould above. 

Chinese-Born, Vancouver-Based Artist Wanting To Release Debut Album April 24, 2012

Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting has joined Nettwerk’s label, management and publishing rosters, and will release her debut full-length studio album Everything In The World on April 24, 2012. Whether penned in her native tongue of Chinese or English (which she only learned to speak at age 16), Wanting’s piano-swept music has already won a following because her compositions—pop musings that plumb emotion—resonate universally. Without a label behind her, Wanting’s tunes have already sound-tracked the upcoming Chinese film Love in the Buff, appeared on a Mercedes Benz sampler, and amassed combined views of millions on Chinese YouTube.

Listen to new single "Life Is Like A Song" and other selections from the album here:

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The Cadillac Black To Release Self-Titled Debut On April 17; Tour Dates Announced

NW 1/Revelry client and Nashville-based trio The Cadillac Black will release their self-titled debut album on Tuesday, April 17th via all major digital retailers; there will be a small run of physical album and vinyl available through he band’s website: www.thecadillacblack.com.

The band, who recently brought their infectious live show to SXSW in Austin for the ASCAP showcase, will celebrate the release of the album with a Nashville show on Friday, April 20th at The Basement. They’ll be hitting in the road in May as support for Lynyrd Skynyrd on select dates before spending the rest of the month out with Dierks Bentley & The Eli Young Band.

The Cadillac Black—Jaren Johnston (Lead Vocals & Guitars), Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Backgrounds) and Kelby Ray (Guitars, Lap Steel & Backgrounds)—describe their sounds as “a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll and a whole lot of whiskey soaked fun.” They’ve already had songs from the debut album featured in a number of television shows including three songs in both Vampire Diaries and Hart Of Dixie, as well as tracks in CSI Miami, Baseball Wives and House.

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Josh Hyslop Releases "What Have I Done?" From Forthcoming Debut Album; Canadian Tour Announced

Joshua Hyslop - What Have I Done? by nettwerk music group

“One of those superbly talented performers that seems to come from out of nowhere. Young Mr. Hyslop has a singer-songwriter maturity far beyond his years.” – CBC Radio

In anticipation of his first full-length album, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop released “What Have I Done?” (feat. Anna Scouten) via Nettwerk Records.

“What Have I Done?” features the vocal and musical talents of a young man with a mature and measured voice. Despite his youth, Hyslop’s music deftly explores the complicated conversation between the battle and brilliance of life.

“What Have I Done?” is the first new song since last year’s six-song EP, titled Cold Wind.  EP received early support from CBC, Earshot Magazine, Penguin Eggs, Exclaim! and others.

Angus Stone Releases "Bird On The Buffalo" From Forthcoming Solo Release

Angus Stone - Bird On The Buffalo (Radio Edit) by nettwerk music group

Available today, Angus Stone – of critically acclaimed sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone - shares lead single, “Bird On The Buffalo,” from his forthcoming summer solo release titled Broken Brights.

While on the road in Europe, Stone sat in a hotel room, musing on the symbiotic relationships between the bird and the buffalo, the co-operative behavior between two very different species, working together for mutual survival.

This is Stone. In order to challenge himself as both a musician and performer, Stone draws upon a variety of unexpected sources – instrumentation, vocal stylings, genres – to create his song, “to let the conversation of the energy unfold into a creation,” says Stone.

Idolator Hosts Jay Brannan Exclusive Album Listening Party!

In anticipation of the release of Jay Brannan's sophomore album Rob Me Blind next week, entertainment website Idolator is currently hosting an exclusive listening party. Check it out here:  http://bit.ly/GDlWpp

Jay will be celebrating the album's release with special shows this Friday, March 23 in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge and Thursday, March 29 in Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe. Stay tuned from a big tour announcement from Jay next week.

The BBC Posts Photo Gallery Of Admiral Fallow's Music Video Shoot In Scotland

Scottish indie-folk band Admiral Fallow recently shot a video in Glasgow for their upcoming single "The Paper Trench" from their forthcoming sophomore album and Nettwerk debut Tree Bursts In Snow, out May 22nd. The BBC posted a photo gallery from the video shoot; check out the pictures here: http://bbc.in/wAluoD.