LA-transplant Madi Diaz is set to release “Stay Together” on June 17, 2014. The bouncy (and sing-along worthy) track is the lead single from her forthcoming full-length album Phantom (release date tba) and showcases Madi’s bold yet sophisticated brand of pop, delievered with her powerhouse vocals.
In June, Madi will join Wolf Gang for three Northeast dates (6/4 – NYC, 6/5 – Brooklyn, 6/6 – Boston) before linking up with Fitz And The Tantrums for another three dates (6/8 – Hampton, NH, 6/10 – Burlington, VT, 6/11 – Northampton, MA). She’ll also play LA’s Chinatown Summer Nights on July 12 (full list of dates and venues below).
Canadian roots rockers, Current Swell, premiered their upcoming album, Ulysses, in full on Relix.comfollwed by the Huffington Post and CBC in Canada.The record, which is set for release on May 6th via Nettwerk, was produced by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Giant Stand) at Vancouver’s iconic Greenhouse Studios. Pre-order is availble now on iTunes.
Ólafur Arnalds with award presenter Victoria Wood.
Nettwerk One Music composer Ólafur Arnalds was in London on Sunday evening, where he received the highest honour, winning the BAFTA (British Academy Of Film And Television Arts) for Original Television Music in recognition of his compositions for the crticially-acclaimed British TV series, Broadchurch.
On his Facebook page, Arnalds wrote of the win: ”Now that I’ve had a bit of time to process things. I need to give credit where credit is due. I was so nervous and shocked during my acceptance speech that I forgot anyone who wasn’t standing right in front of me. It’s pretty given that no one delivers four and a half hour of original music in the space of 4 months without some help. So I just want to give proper recognition to Bergur Þórisson, my genius little helper, who put just as many hours into this as i did myself. Also Viktor Orri Árnason, who not only transcribed and played the violin, but also provided some additional string arrangements in the later episodes. And of course Arnór Dan, who co-wrote and sung the end title theme. These people don’t get enough credit for their work, so here is to them! I am also in lifelong debt to the Broadchurch creative and executive team who gave me the freedom to express myself from the heart and encouraged me to be brave and bold. And yes, I will be doing Season 2."
“.. a terrific number that's bound to be on heavy rotation for tus this summer. 'Young Again' by Canadian dream pop quartet Young Liars will get stuck in your head immediately with it's woozy synths, triumphant drumbeats, and croosing vocals. " - The Wild Honey Pie
“...an uplifting ode to teenage romance...the band has also packaged it with an explosive synth-filled remix from ATG favourites Great Good Fine Ok. ” – All Things Go (re "Night Window" Remix)
“...the band is certaintly due to make a splash in 2014.” – Indie Shuffle
"Be sure to keep an eye on Young Liars as they are the kind of group that show
every sign of being on the verge of breaking through" – Earmilk
Vancouver indie pop-rock quartet Young Liars will release their debut album Tidal Wave on June 24 via Nettwerk Records. Formed serendipitously, bassist Andrew Beck, drummer Ty Badali, keyboardist Wesley Nickel and guitarist/singer Jordan Raine forged an album of effervescent melodies and synth textures laid over infectiously danceable beats.
The group shared the first energetic single "Night Window" and dance-floor starter "Young Again" earlier this month. They also released a remix by blogosphere stalwart, Great Good Fine Ok. Listen and share the full Night Window EP including the unreleased Boxed In remix below.
“Their electro-garage-rock wall of sound imagines The Velvet Underground force-feeding hallucinogens to The Ronettes… cold-blooded revenge pop that strikes like a shard of shattered plate to the heart.” - 9/10 NME
“Borrowing from fellow Reed-acolytes TJAMC, Mazzy Star and The Raveonettes, the debut album from Midlands boy-girl duo Coves ticks all the right boxes - primal drumming, razor-sharp guitars and lyrics that blur the line between romantic obsession and narcotic dependency… very good indeed.” – 4/5 Q Magazine
“a terrific debut full of scuzzed-up guitars, dirty synths, nihilistic lyrics and Wood’s magnificently bored - although never boring – vocals.” – Uncut
“There’s bits of Mazzy Star in here, bits of the Velvet Underground and hints of the Jesus and Mary Chain… atmospheric, distinctive and very enjoyable.” - DIY
“Languid vocals, reverb-treated feedback, narcotized echoes of 1960s girl groups via the Jesus and Mary Chain… a gripping debut album.” – 4/5 Financial Times
UK duo Coves will release their anticipated debut album, Soft Friday, in North America on September 2, 2014. Today sees the release of lead single “Beatings,” along with a remix from Lynchmob, available on iTunes.
“With an elevated sense of passion and drive, Young Liars have shown that they have
grown off of their previous experience with their latest release…they are the kind of
group that show every sign of being on the verge of breaking through” - Earmilk
Today, Vancouver-based electro, indie-rock quartet Young Liars partnered with Earmilk to premiere their upcoming EP Night Window (out April 29 via Nettwerk Records). The four track EP features two original songs "Night Window" and "Young Again" along with a remix of "Night Window" by Great Good Fine Ok and a remix of "Young Again" by the UK's Boxed In.
Pictured (L-R) AJ Burton (Nettwerk/Revelry), Shannan Hatch (SESAC), Mike Fiorentino, Greg Beeckman (Revelry), Mark Jowett (Nettwerk)
Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music Group have signed Nashville-based songwriter/producer Mike Fiorentino to its ever expanding roster of talented songwriters, which includes Jessie Jo Dillon,Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three) and Archertown.
Nettwerk/Revelry’s AJ Burton says, “I’ve worked with Mike for the past two years and watched him grow as a songwriter and producer. The timing could not be better to officially bring him into our growing family.”
Originally from the Tampa, FL area, Mike grew up attaining a love for the Beatles, early rap music and a healthy dose of country music. After moving to Nashville in 2007, he penned and arranged numerous songs for Hasbro, Inc. In 2013, he co-founded The Tennessee Recording Company (an independent record label/production team) with longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Cook, guitarist of Matchbox 20.
He’s recently began collaborating with Average Joes Entertainment production team, Phivestarr, writing for both Bubba Sparxxx and Colt Ford’s forthcoming albums. He loves writing with and developing new artists and doesn’t limit himself to any one genre. No matter what style of music, he believes in great songs that move people.
Check out this amazing use of "Hero" by Family of the Year in the trailer for the upcoming film from Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD. 12 years in the making, Linklater cast a child (Ellar Coltrane) as his protaganist and continues to build a story around him until he goes off to college. Rather than a documentary, the highly anticipated movie is a “complete, well-crafted character study,” (Entertainment Weekly). In theatres July 11th.
“Run River North stays the course – and finds success” – NPR “Weekend Edition”
“Snappy rock and chamber folk frames their tales of their parents' dreams and struggles to find purchase in America." – Wall Street Journal
"The eleven songs that make up this irrepressible effort come across as so exuberant, so effusive, so infused with freewheeling enthusiasm, that any attempt to typecast them inevitably comes up short. Veering from a quiet pluck to resounding refrains, the band catches fire each time out…" -- No Depression
“[Run River North] has a powerful alternative, folk foundation… The overall catchiness of the music being played is shadowed by the intimacy of their lyrical and instrumental intricacies. From fiddles to pounding base drum, this band builds, explodes, and soothes from one song to the next.” -- LA Record (live review)
Los Angeles-based sextet Run River North will hit the road this summer with a string of headline dates, following a successful run at this year’s SXSW, a Spring tour opening for the Goo Goo Dolls and soldout headline dates in Los Angeles, New York, Boston and more. Below is a partial list of dates, with more to announce in the coming weeks.
While on the road, the band paid a visit to Daytrotter to record four tracks from their debut self-titled album (out February 25). Daytrotter posted the special session HERE.
Recorded with record producer Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill,The Shins), Run River North deals with themes of hope, struggle and identity. Debuting on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #3, the overlap of Asian and American folk is subtle, reflecting the hyphenated existence of the band members.
During an interview for NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, guitarist Daniel Chae says, "our parents don’t have white collar jobs. My father worked at Wienerschnitzel; that was his first job when he came [to the US]. Our parents sacrificed their lives for us. I think that why there's such a strong sense of family in each of us. They wished for us to live the American Dream. And we finally find that in music.”
Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites return to North America for several headlining dates and summer festivals; including the famed Ottawa Blues Festival and Festival D’ete in Quebec. This is the band’s first return to North America since their debut last fall, which included support dates for City And Colour.
Below is the most ambitious video concept for album track “Young,” from their debut album States out now (Nettwerk Records). Oh Yeah Wow, an award-winning film and animation company, photographed 400+ different faces, each person was shot multiple times in a variety of facial poses, replicated various mouth shapes in accordance with the lyrics. Using stop-motion animation, the video cycled through the hundreds of people, who when edited together, sang the song. The video was featured by Yahoo!Music, Mashable, Huffington Post, MTV, Wall Street Journal, College Humor, Stereogum and more.