"This Chinese-born, Canada-based singer-songwriter put on an unparalleled set thick with emotion, energy and musical chops…with a soulful, expressive voice, vulnerable lyrics and striking looks.” – Billboard.biz (2012 Live Review)
Vancouver-based, China-born singer/songwriter Wanting has announced a North American tour in support of her sophomore album, Say The Words. The tour will launch on Thursday, February 20th in her current home city of Vancouver, B.C. and wrap on Tuesday, March 25th in Seattle, WA (all dates below). This marks Wanting’s largest tour of North America to date, following a short run of sold-out dates a year ago in support of debut album Everything In The World.
Wanting is currently making her way around Asia, where Say The Words debuted at #1 in China, Hong Kong,Taiwan, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia, and shot to #1 on QQ, a Beijing-based music streaming service boasting more than 780 million members. Additionally, album track “When It’s Lonely,” one of three album trucks sung in her native of Mandarin, is featured on the Chinese version of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie soundtrack.
From left to right: Kelby Ray, Jaren Johnston, Connie Britton (from Nashville), Neil Mason
The Cadillac Three, featuring Nettwerk One/Revelry publishing client Neil Mason, stopped by the set of ABC hit series Nashville yesterday. The band, pictured above getting cozy with Nashville star Connie Britton, shot a scene where they performed their song "The South," which will be featured on the band's upcoming album. Keep an eye out for their episode, set to air in early 2014!
Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face, spent much of October on tour in support of his latest release, The Family Tree: The Branches. While in San Francisco, he stopped by the Haus of Hipstamatic for an intimate interview and fireside performance of "Always Gold," presented by Filter Magazine.Watch it above!
The Pack A.D., the Vancouver-based band NPR described as a “fantastically gritty rock duo” and RCRD LBL said ”pound punk and garage rock into a fuzzy pulp,” have announced the first leg of their 2014 tour, which stretches across North America and kicks off January 31 at Barboza in Seattle.
Becky Black (vocals/guitar) and Maya Miller (drums) recently announced the Jan. 28 release of Do Not Engage, their full-length Nettwerk Records’ debut, which was produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki, Dirtbombs) and recorded in a Motor City chicken-processing plant.
“He’s very easy to work with,” said Miller. “He really gets us. All his instincts are very much anything that we would think of at any given time. We’re all sort of organically working together and it’s really easy. It’s just like friends hanging out. We didn’t go out looking for a producer, let’s put it that way. That came naturally. We were friends first and it kinda went from there, and that’s how we try to approach everything with our music.”
Last Call with Carson Daly caught up with The Pack A.D. while they were in Los Angeles for Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. The segment, which includes both an interview and live performance footage, can be viewed HERE. AXS Live aired two songs from the band’s recent Los Angeles performances: “Animal” and “TheWater." Watch the "Animal" performance above.
After several years abroad, Australia’s Boy & Bear announce their much-anticipated return to North America to support their sophomore effort and Nettwerk debut Harlequin Dream (available now at iTunes).
Known for their remarkable live performance, Boy & Bear made their first appearance on North American shores in 2011 at Lollapalooza, where they impressed the crowd with beautifully crafted songs infused with guitar riffs, mandolins, keys, banjos and lush vocal harmonies.
Lead single "Southern Sun" is a shining example of that dreamy pop panache and vivid storytelling. Coasting along on a lilting acoustic guitar, it builds into an undeniable hook. "It's a really simple song," says lead vocalist Dave Hosking. "I was always fascinated by something like America's 'Horse with No Name'. The song is only two chords, but it's completely captivating. That was in my mind. The longer I do this, the more I appreciate subtlety in music." Watch the official music video for "Southern Sun" above.
Harlequin Dream was recorded at Australia's legendary Alberts Studio, produced by Boy & Bear and ARIA-award winner Wayne Connolly and mixed by Seattle-based Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, The Shins, Sea Wolf, The Walkmen, Father John Misty). Certified Gold and already #1 in Australia, Harlequin Dream is nominated for several ARIA Awards, including Best Group, Best Rock Album and Producer Of The Year. This follows their award-winning debut LP Moonfire, which won five awards at the 2011 ARIAs, including the coveted album and group categories: Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Album, Breakthrough Single and Best Adult Alternative Album.
Last month, indie blog Made of Chalkcaught up with BOY in Chicago at Lincoln Hall. Check out the video they put together of the band performing their infectious single "Little Numbers" with the full six-piece band above!
Acclaimed U.S. producer/DJ and two-time Grammy Nominee Morgan Page releases new single “Against the World” with Michael S. - out now on Beatport and November 19 via all other DSPs.
"It's all about the song," says Page. “Against The World” combines one of the genre's best vocal producers with one of its strongest vocal performers to deliver an emotionally charged and uplifting song.
The track comes out just in time for the November leg of the Morgan Page Presents 3D tour. Since October, the tour brings Page’s acclaimed performances to over 50+ US and Canadian cities and features a revolving roster of handpicked developing talent from around the world. Morgan personally sought out the brightest rising stars from around the world, each making a name for themselves within the dance music genre. Special guests for the remaining dates are Beltek and Topher Jones.
“12 Stories is one of those rare albums whose every song is worth hearing — every one is that striking, that textured and finely detailed.” – NPR
“Brandy Clark, [Kacey] Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Jessie Jo Dillon and Mark Stephen Jones are among a friendly gang of co-conspirators who are finding fresh ways to write successful contemporary country songs.” – USA Today “Find this record and listen to a dozen dazzlingly witty and insightful takes on…neglected and/or mistreated women (‘Crazy Women,’ ‘The Day She Got Divorced’)… and the pros and cons of chemical mood enhancers (‘Hungover,’ ‘Get High’).” –LA Times
Country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark is taking Nashville by storm with her acclaimed debut album, 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records), which reached #5 on the iTunes Country Chart, #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #28 on the Billboard Country Chart.
A talented songwriter herself (she recently received a CMA nomination for Song of the Year with Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), Clark also enlisted the help of some of Nashville’s finest young writers, including Nettwerk One/Revelry client Jessie Jo Dillon. Dillon contributed three tracks to 12 Stories: “Crazy Women,” “Just Like Him,” and “Hungover,” the album’s second single.
Tastemakers across country music are chiming in on 12 Stories, including some famous friends. Kelly Clarkson admitted via Twitter that Dillon-penned song “Just Like Him” made her “tear up like a baby”…”great song” she says. See more tweets below.
"If you can get people dancing as early as noon. You're good. They did." - NPR ‘All Songs Considered’
"Channeling the groove-driven hooks of Steve Winwood and the raw emotion of Tears for Fears, Brooklyn “tropical grit-pop” duo Ghost Beach manage to tap into urban synth-pop zeitgeist without sacrificing traditional musicality or authentic feeling."
– American Songwriter
"On the official Miracle remixes EP, Le Youth takes the original’s contagious pop hooks and tropicool vibes and twists them into a silky smooth nu disco output that flutters and swings with impeccable precision." – Dancing Astronaut
Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach release Miracle (Remixes) EP via Nettwerk Records today. Formed in 2012, the duo of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn have perfected a blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth pop that can best be described as Tropical Grit Pop.
Miracle (Remixes) EP will include the album version, as well as several remixes of the title track by Le Youth, DallasK and Nathan C. East coast meets west coast when Los Angeles-based Le Youth does a funky disco remix of “Miracle.” Nathan C remixes the track into a driving progressive house track while DallasK takes the synth-heavy route, pairing lush saw sounds with guitars.
On February 18, William Fitzsimmons will release Lions, his follow-up LP to 2010’s well-received Gold In The Shadow. Produced by Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie with previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists and The Postal Service among others), Lions is a career-defining album that explores Fitzsimmons’ personal transformation over the last few years.
“The last couple years have been...full (kind of difficult to describe years in a single word). They have been wonderful, painful, long, incredibly brief, and more educational and rewarding than any I've ever lived before. ‘Lions’ is something I'm terribly proud of and utterly connected to,” says Fitzsimmons.
In advance of the album, Fitzsimmons partnered with Paste to reveal an acoustic performance of the first track from the album, called “Centralia.”