Frazey Ford, best known as the co-leader of beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean (October 14) -- a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound. There's affirmation in its 11 songs, as Ford's self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones. Lead single “September Fields,” which premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered, is available now on iTunes.
Australia's Boy & Bear celebrated the end of their summer tour by making their late night debut on CONAN. Watch them perform "Southern Sun" from their critically acclaimed album Harlequin Dream above or here: http://bit.ly/1nF3dDb.
The quintet returned to North America in June following a sold-out spring tour that launched at SXSW, their first time in the States since 2011. The past month has been spent hitting the festival circuit, including Firefly Music Festival and The Forecastle Festival. They'll be back for a fall headline tour, starting Monday, October 6 at Los Angeles' The Fonda Theatre with support from Nettwerk label-mates Run River North. All dates are below.
Caroline Pennell is an 18 year old indie-pop/ alternative singer from Saddle River, NJ who is currently working on her first full length album. With an ecclectic sound she's represented her sound in the past on NBC's the voice and has independently released an EP, The Race, at the age of 16 before signing with Nettwerk One Music and Nettwerk Records.
"Having developed over 100 new types of musical instruments, installation artist and experimental musician William Close is most recognized for the largest stringed instrument in the world – The Earth Harp. “It’s an instrument unlike anything Bach or Beethoven could have ever imagined,” writes The New York Times (July 2013). Developed and built by Close, the body of the instrument rests on the stage, while the strings travel over the audience, attaching to the back of the theatre, concert hall and/or festival ground, turning every space into an instrument. Close studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago.
"Scars On 45 released their self-titled debut in 2012, which landed at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Already a favorite among film and TV music supervisors, the band’s gorgeous melodies, driving instrumentation and boy/girl harmonies caught the attention of VH1 who chose them as a coveted You Oughta Know Artist. They made their national TV debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and received media support from the likes of USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Spin, Billboard and more. Scars On 45 is Danny Bemrose (vocals/guitar), Aimee Driver (vocals), David “Nova” Nowakowski (piano/keyboard) and Chris Durling (drums). Stay tuned for more news on the band’s upcoming full-length release."
"The Newfoundland-based band has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada, having collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album. In the coming year, however, the rest of the world will get to discover the joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music that have made them such favorites in their homeland.
"The band delivers solid, no-nonsense sets full of grizzled pub-rock, gritty power-pop and mod-influenced classic pop, with with a dash of self-effacing humor and humility thrown in for good measure."
- Annie Zaleski, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Electric ultra-pop… Guitars and keyboards grind in time to the big buzzy heart-bleeding vocals."
Canada's The Trews released their self-titled, Nettwerk debut digitally in April and supported it by heading down from the Great White North for a run of shows in the States. The quartet follows up with a jaunt through the mid-west starting August 10th in Michigan. Two of the shows (Cincinnati & Louisville) are make-ups for postponed gigs when singer Colin McDonald came down with a broncial infection and the band had to cancel their 2nd and 3rd performances ever in 1000+ gigs over 12 years.