Available today, Australia’s Boy & Bear release their sophomore effort and Nettwerk debut album Harlequin Dream.
Their bold and brave new album 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).
From the current album, "Three Headed Woman" explores a fraying relationship with a slow drum beat and soulful delivery. "It's a simple breakup love song," admits lead singer/guitarist Dave Hosking. "I was hurt and I was on the road. The song was nothing but therapy for me. We really embrace that super simple structure.'" Directed by Melvin Montalban, the video was filmed on location in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Watch the official music video for "Three Headed Woman" above.
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 2011 ARIAs, including the coveted group and best album prizes for their acclaimed debut – Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Album, Breakthrough Single and Best Adult Contemporary Album.
"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
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