"Their tracks are filled with an incredible energy that just lets loose with each performance" – Filter Magazine
"Their teeth-gnashing fury is more drama than sex; you don’t listen to their new song “Big Shot” as much as you are confronted by it. " – Buzzbands LA
“A fantastically gritty rock duo.” – NPR “All Songs Considered”
The Pack A.D., the explosive Vancouver duo featuring Becky Black (vocals/guitar) and Maya Miller (drums), release their full-length Nettwerk Records’ debut Do Not Engage, on January 28. A three-song sampler is available now via Soundcloud, see below.
Black and Miller were recently profiled on Last Call with Carson Daly, who caught up with the band when they played Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. Footage, which includes both an interview and performance clips. Watch the Last Call With Carson Daly "Spotlight Feature" above.
The female outfit, whose music has been described by hometown alt-weekly The Georgia Straight as “frenzied freak pop, unvarnished punk, and desert-shimmer shoegaze,” reunited with Detroit-based producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki) for the 11-song release. Diamond, a friend-turned-collaborator, also produced the band’s 2011 album, Unpersons, which earned The Pack A.D. a Juno nomination for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year.”
Watch Passenger Perform "Let Her Go" On Later...With Jools Holland
Entertainment Weekly Premieres “Patient Love”
From Passenger’s iTunes Session, Out November 12: http://bit.ly/1igyK6x
In its 12th consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, international smash single “Let Her Go” from Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has entered the Top 20 at #19, and also climbed to #8 on the iTunes main singles chart. The single, which is already #1 in 16 countries, was certified Gold by the RIAA a few short weeks ago, and is quickly approaching the Platinum mark. Additionally, after 59 consecutive weeks on the New Artist Albums Chart, All The Little Lights cracked the Top 100 of the Billboard 200, where it lands at #96.
The accompanying music video for “Let Her Go” continues to garner views by the millions, now over 115 Million YouTube views. YouTube took notice of the video’s enormous growth since the beginning of the year, and nominated Passenger for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year, as part of this year’s inaugural YouTube Music Awards. Passenger is nominated alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Naughty Boy and Rudimental. The video also continues to climb the VH1 Top 20 Countdown, reaching #5 this week. At radio, “Let Her Go” is Top 10 at both Hot AC and Triple A formats, and continuing to climb the Top 40 chart.
Earlier this week, The Format announced they'd celebrate the 10 year anniversary of debut album Interventions + Lullabies with the release of various limited edition vinyl, including The Format Ultimate Vinyl Bundle, Interventions + Lullabies Limited Edition 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl, and Dog Problems Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl. Within 24 hours, the band's cult following had claimed every piece of the 1,000 pressed of each.
Due to the overwhelming response from fans, The Format has pressed additionalDog Problems 12" Deluxe Black Double Vinyl, as well asInterventions + Lullabies 12" Black Vinyl. This also marks the first time Interventions + Lullalbies has been available on vinyl.
Also still available is "Swans" 7" Die-Cut Bone Vinyl, shaped as, you guessed it, a swan. The song has never been released commercially, let alone on vinyl. It was originally recorded for a 2007 Mila Kunis film called Moving McAllister, and a live version appeared on the band's Live At The Mayan DVD, but it has never been available for purchase otherwise.
Brooklyn-based duo Savoir Adore has just been announced as part of the Communion's November Night Club Series, which will kick off on Tuesday, November 5 at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall.
The series, which brings different artists to nine cities each month, will also feature Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, On An On, and additional support from local artists. Tickets are on sale now at www.communionmusic.com.
Communion November Club Night Series:
Tue, Nov 5 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
Wed, Nov 6 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Thur, Nov 7 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Tue, Nov 12 Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Wed, Nov 13 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Thur, Nov 14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge/The High Watt
Tue, Nov 19 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
Wed, Nov 20 Madison, WI @ Frequency
Thur, Nov 21 Rock Island, IL @ Ribco
This week, Vancouver-based, Chinese-born singer/songwriter Wanting has released her sophomore album, Say The Words. Within 24 hours of its Universal Music China release in Asia (via a licensing deal with Nettwerk), the album, which Wanting co-produced with Grammy-award winning producer Ron Aniello, debuted at #1 on iTunes China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. Additionally, “Love Ocean,” the lead single in Asia, shot to #1 on QQ, a Beijing based music streaming service boasting more than 780 million members.
With Say The Words, Wanting takes her piano-swept pop melodies to the next level, introducing elements of jazz and hip-hop on such tracks as Latin-groove tinged “Time, My Friend” (featuring Far East Movement), retro-soul “Exit This Way” and empowering rock-pop anthem “STHU.” Rounding out the album are two breakout ballads, “Love Ocean” and “When It’s Lonely,” sung in her native Mandarin, and upbeat “Us Under The Sunshine,” in both Mandarin and English.
Listen To “Time, My Friend” (Featuring Far East Movement):
LA-based singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw recently appeared on AXS Live to perform her single "As It Seems" from debut albumMidnight In The Garden. Kershaw is currently on tour with fellow Nettwerk label artist Radical Face, and also just announced a few more November dates with Mason Jennings. See all dates below, as well as a second AXS performance of album track "Saved."
Lily Kershaw on tour:
October 21 Portland, OR @ Mission Theater*
October 23 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall*
October 24 Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge (Hollywood Forever) - SOLD OUT*
November 8 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre**
November 13 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern**
December 7 Hollywood, CA @ Hotel Cafe
With CMJ Music Marathon just around the corner, Nettwerk Records is excited to share details on its label artists who will be appearing in NYC: Ghost Beach and Run River North. Keep reading for information on each artist and their schedules.
"If you can get people dancing as early as noon. You're good. They did."
– NPR ‘All Songs Considered’
With their self-titled debut EP and follow-up EP Modern Tongues, the New York-based duo of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn has set the Internet ablaze with consistent number ones on Hype Machine. With a natural gift to serve up 80’s-inspired melodies with innovative and chic beats, Ghost Beach is never purely electronic or purely a band, but a brilliant realization of what lies in the middle. Bringing together dance music and a live performance band is the ethos of a duo whose songwriting is heavily influenced by the Eighties, but record with twenty-first century technology and draw live inspiration from the likes of Daft Punk, Empire Of The Sun and fellow New York brethren, St. Lucia.
Ghost Beach is set to release their debut album Spring 2014 via Nettwerk Records.
Friday, October 18
All Things Go + Neon Gold Records Showcase at Westway (75 Clarkson Street)
Set Time: Midnight
RUN RIVER NORTH:
With only a 6-song demo, newcomers Run River North (formerly Monsters Calling Home) have already garnered a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, been shortlisted at Cannes Film Festival, performed at the Grammy Museum for its members, sold out LA’s famed Troubadour andgarnered over 1.5 million YouTube views.
This past Saturday, Run River North was featured on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon to discuss the various themes of hope, struggle and identity reflected on the album. All band members came from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and the overlap of Asian and American folk is subtle, reflecting the hyphenated existence of the band members.
"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,” says guitarist Daniel Chae.
Run River North is set to release their self-titled debut on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records.
Friday, October 18
Radio.com Presents Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street)
Set Time: 7PM
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of UK-based duo Coves to its worldwide label and publishing rosters.
The highly buzzed about 60’s infused, indie psych-rock duo released their debut EP Cast A Shadow and follow up single “Last Desire” in 2012, and quickly won the support of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Nick Grimshaw and more, as well as attention from influential press outlets like NME, The Fly, Clash, Dazed & Confused and The Guardian, who featured Coves in its coveted “New Band Of The Day” column. They also peaked the interest of industry legend James Endeacott, who A&R’d The Strokes and signed TheLibertines. Endeacott signed the band to a management deal with his current company, Oh Mercy Management. Coves caught Nettwerk’s attention when they played to a ravenous crowd earlier this year at Latitude Festival.
Coves, comprised of singer Rebekah Wood and multi-instrumentalist John Rigard, will headline London’s Electrwerkz on November 7 to celebrate the official release of “Beatings” (November 11 in UK; North American release date TBD), the first single from the band’s forthcoming debut album. Mixed by Brendan Lynch (Primal Scream, Paul Weller), Clash Magazine says of the track, “With those driving, Spector-esque drums and that sweeping grandeur, theirs is a teenage melodrama fuelled by a passion for noise…swirling psychedelia with a visceral edge.”
Coves In The Press:
“‘Coves are catchy and cavernous, and in Nico-esque singer Rebekah Wood they have a cruel chanteuse crushing indie hearts with a mere sneer.” – NME
“Presenting a sparkling set of silvery pop songs, Coves exude a similarly grizzled attitude to The Kills, bolstering their sassy spirit with tinges of 60s psychedelia…”- The Fly
“It's music that's as tense and urgent as it is brooding and pensive, with savage and sweet lyrics wound around shredded guitars.” – Dazed & Confused
"Prayer of the Woods may be a modest release, but it puts Dekker's talent into sharp focus." - Exclaim!
"Georgously hushed..." - The Georgia Straight
"...ghostly vocals and acoustic guitar picks and strums..." - Filter Magazine
This week, Great Lake Swimmers' frontman Tony Dekker releases his debut solo album Prayer of the Woods. A self proclaimed "music interlude" between Great Lake Swimmers' albums, Prayer of the Woods is described by Canada's Exclaim! as "a ten-track collection that pares everything down to the bare minimum, with haunting results. Working within elegant acoustic guitar frameworks, augmented by subtle hints of fiddle, keyboards and harmonium, Dekker's preoccupation with the Canadian state of mind flourishes in his lyrics."
Dekker will be supporting the solo release with intimate live performances throughout Canada and Europe. All dates are below.