Beloved husband/wife indie folk duo The Weepies – Deb Talan and Steve Tannen – return with Sirens, their first full-length release in five years, on April 28, 2015. The pair will hit the road with a full band starting May 29 in Madison, WI for a 28-city U.S. tour. Yesterday, Billboard.com premiered the album’s title track (here: http://bit.ly/1zyLPVz).
Of Sirens, Steve tells Billboard, "This was a helluva a year for us Weepies. Frightening dire diagnoses, hospitals, and helping angels everywhere, but it seemed like maybe this was also the end of everything -- like the journey was over. Sirens were mermaids that led sailors to their doom with their sweet voices. It's also a reference to an ambulance siren, and together they summed up the feeling of the year: otherworldly, hopeful, terrible.”
At 16 songs and nearly an hour long, Sirens is an album that runs the emotional spectrum. Just before Christmas 2013, Deb was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. While she was in treatment, the band continued to write and record from their home studio in Iowa, where they now live with their three children. In the summer of 2014, Deb beat cancer. Coming back from the edge sharpened the duo’s skills and focus. SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.
Berlin duo Schwarz Dont Crack have released their first official music video for “All My Love” from their self-titled debut EP, which was released last week. The video saw its worldwide premiere last week on Vice’s Noisey; watch it above or here: http://bit.ly/1Ck6C1a.
The EP, which is currently streaming in its entirety on Soundcloud, serves as an introduction to the Schwarz Dont Crack signature sound – rich with pop hooks and melodies that never skirt too far into the mainstream, backed with luscious beats that combine the entrancing snare of a well-produced sound palette without distracting from the thrust of club propulsion.
In the past, Xavier Rudd’s onstage one-man-band setup included a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. Starting April 30, Rudd will endeavor on the next adventure of an already extensive musical career…as frontman to Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, a band of international musicians with diverse musical influences coming together for the forthcoming album, Nanna (out March 17 via Nettwerk Records). See full dates below.
Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals, the aptly titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. Today, the band shares the first taste from the album called “Come People.”
The 2015 JUNO Nominations were announced yesterday, and Nettwerk Music Group clients received nods in multiple categories.
The Once (Nettwerk Records, Nettwerk One Publishing) are nominated for "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group" for their 2014 release Departures, which took them on a worldwide tour with label mate Passenger and is their second nomination in this category. Bobs & LoLo (Nettwerk Records, Nettwerk Management and Nettwerk One Publishing) are nominated for "Children's Album of the Year" for their latest album Wave Your Antlers, also a second time nomination in this category. Nettwerk One Publishing client Chromeo was nominated for "Group of the Year" and "Dance Recording of the Year" for their latest acclaimed album White Women.
Congratulations to all nominees! The 2015 JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV on March 15 from Hamilton, Ontario.
"Vagabond is a Kerouac-esque, declaration of living in the moment, because tomorrow there's a bag to pack, a car to gas up, and an unknown, cash-strapped highway to explore." – Baeble
“…wind-blown folk songs...See him now before he blows up” - Seattle Weekly
Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen announced his return to North America for a headlining tour this spring. The run will launch on April 20 in Vancouver, Canada and will bring Stu across the continent before it wraps up on May 10 in Atlanta, GA. Sharing the stage with Larsen will be Japanese harmonica genius Natsuki Kurai. Stu first met Natsuki Kurai by chance in a little venue in Tokyo four years ago. This was the start of a special friendship, which has seen them play shows across Europe, Australia and Japan together. The duo are excited to play together again in April. See below for a complete list of dates.
Stu Larsen released his debut full-length album, Vagabond, on July 15, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. The album was recorded at Sydney’s esteemed Linear Studios and was co-produced by Chris Vallejo and friend/label-mate Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger). It was only a few years ago that Stu left his small town Australia and embraced a life as a vagabond taking opportunities as they came. Since then he has been touring, recording, driving friends tour vans and pretty much anything else that allows him to continue his travels. In 2014, Larsen spent the bulk of the year touring the globe as a headliner in support of his aptly named debut and as the opener for Multi-Platinum singer Passenger’s sold-out worldwide tour.
“The debut album from Boxed In will enhance your life…Oli Bayston is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds.” — NME
“…a beauty, capturing Bayston’s housed-up, lo-fi appeal, which involves locked-in, Hot Chip recalling grooves, world-weary, Bernard Summer-like vocals and simple-as-pie melodies that worm their way into your soul and claim squatters rights. Stunning.” — Sunday Times “Debut Of The Week”
"Boxed In…hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again.” — The Line of Best Fit
“A charming blend of electronic and indie sounds bolstered by witty songwriting …a winning debut that's often more consistent than the work of their better-known contemporaries.” – All Music
"'All Your Love Is Gone’ is one of those motorik rave-ups that just keeps building intensity, and Michael Rother has given it a makeover that maintains the brisk urgency while significantly changing its sound.” — Stereogum
After garnering rave reviews from around the UK, Boxed In will see the North American release of his self-titled debut on March 31st. Single “All Your Love Is Gone,” along with a special remix from Neu!’s Michael Rother, will be available on January 27th. Listen to the remix here: http://bit.ly/1yOT3CR.
Boxed In is the first solo endeavor from sought after UK songwriter/producer Oli Bayston, who got his start in indie band Keith and has since collaborated with the likes of 2 Bears, Steve Mason, Willy Mason, Lianne La Havas, Lily Allen and more.
Guster's seventh studio album, Evermotion debuted this week at #1 on the Independent Record Label Current Albums chart, #2 on the Current Alternative Albums chart and #3 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The quartet released the album independently for the first time since their debut, as a joint release with Nettwerk and their own label, Ocho Mule. Evermotion, produced by The Shins' keyboardist and The Black Keys' touring bassist Richard Swift, offers up Guster's most experimental instrumentation and layered arrangements to date with The Wall Street Journal praising its "synthesized ambience, clever percussion, [and] unexpected addenda" and AllMusic saying the band "discovers electricity" on the 11 songs.
Listen to Evermotion in this series of postcard-esque videos featuring the band--don't take your eyes off them!
Influential Canadian outfit Delerium are set to release the Glimmer EP on January 27, 2015. The EP includes the recently recovered, self titled single “Glimmer” featuring Emily Haines (of Metric). Originally recorded in 2005, the track has recently resurfaced from the stacks, and will also be featured on an upcoming rarities and b-sides release (date TBA). The Glimmer EP includes remixes by New Orleans-born, Connecticut-based DJ Emjae and a collaboration with Stereojackers and Mark Loverush.
Listen And Share “Glimmer” Feat. Emily Haines:
"Glimmer reads a bit like a Hollywood mystery having been lost for years, has resurfaced by happenstance" says Bill Leeb of Delerium. "When our music engineer and mixer, Greg Reely, was pilfering through some recordings, he stumbled upon this song that features Emily Haines of Metric. As it turns out, this track comes from the Chimera album sessions when I collaborated with Carmen Rizzo and Jamie Muhoberac. The song's words remind us even in the darkest moments when it seems all is lost, with perseverance and a little luck, we can find our own place and keep that glimmer of hope."
Nettwerk recording artist William Close & The Earth Harp Collective – a team of musicians, dancers, aerialists and artists - will bring their unique performance-based experience to the official NFL Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party, alongside fellow musicians Dierks Bentley and Gavin DeGraw. In the past, the Tailgate Party has boasted a talent lineup that included Phillip Phillips, Lenny Kravitz, The Fray, OneRepublic, Jersey Boys and more.
Installation artist, musician and America’s Got Talent finalist William Close has built over 100 one-of-a-kind musical instruments, including the world’s largest string instrument, The Earth Harp. Developed 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. By rubbing violin rosin covered gloves along the strings, Close delivers The Harp’s signature bowed sound. “It’s an instrument unlike anything Bach or Beethoven could have ever imagined,” writes The New York Times.