Alain Johannes Shares Two New Songs Solo Debut Spark to be Released October 5th on Joshua Homme’s Rekords Rekords

Alain Johannes Shares Two New Songs Solo Debut Spark to be Released October 5th on Joshua Homme’s Rekords Rekords

Click HERE to Stream/Download “Return To You” and
Click HERE to Stream/Download the Unreleased Track “Fall To Grace”

“Lock up your auto tune. Hide your American Idol dolls. Burn your dream journal. Alain Johannes is releasing his musical Kraken, Spark. It will destroy all manufactured, contrived, 2% music in the land. Spark is undeniable.”
-Joshua Homme

Alain Johannes’ gorgeous, unflinchingly raw album Spark hits stores this Tuesday, October 5th on Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures frontman Joshua Homme’s label, Rekords Rekords (co-released by Ipecac Recordings). However, as an early treat Alain is giving his fans not one but two new tracks for free. If you haven’t already caught it when it premiered over at SPIN.com, click HERE to stream/download “Return To You.” Though it’s anchored by deceptively sunny melodies, the track carries an immense emotional weight as Alain sings “Take me away / make me forget this is real.” The other song is a non-album bonus track called “Fall To Grace.” Click HERE to stream it, or download it for free by entering an email address or sharing it with friends through social networking sites. Starting @ 10am tomorrow you can also listen to Spark in its entirety on www.alainjohannes.com and www.rekordsrekords.com.

Having collaborated with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Brody Dalle’s Spinnerette, and Mark Lanegan to name a few, Alain already has a reputation as an inventive and highly expressive guitarist. With Spark he proves himself to be a soulful vocalist and skillful songwriter as well. The album also reveals flamenco, classical, and Indian music as a major influence on his playing and one of the reasons why his style is so unique.

After the passing of Natasha Schneider, Alain’s late wife and creative partner, he began writing solo material both as an homage to her, and as a means of wrestling with the complex emotions he was experiencing. The resulting songs that make up Spark take listeners on a breathtaking journey they will want to experience over and over again.

Funeral Party Announces Debut Album, Golden Age of Knowhere, set for release January 25, 2011 on RCA

Funeral Party Announces Debut Album, Golden Age of Knowhere, set for release January 25, 2011 on RCA

US Tour with Two Door Cinema Club Kicks Off This Month, CMJ Dates To Be Announced Soon

East Village Radio premiered the world debut of ‘Just Because’ by Funeral Party, remixed by Kids of 88 Last Night
The track aired on NYC Blogger Sheena Beaston’s show, ‘Belly of The Beast’, which airs Thursdays between 8 and 10pm EST. Download the track

Hear the original in the video for ‘Just Because’ here:

Funeral Party, a five-piece from the East L.A. suburb of Whittier, are pleased to announce January 25, 2011 as the new U.S. release date for their debut album Golden Age Of Knowhere.

Rising out of the East L.A. party scene, Funeral Party has made their presence known worldwide, earning a spot on NME’s 50 Best New Bands of 2010, a spotlight feature in UK’s famed Q Magazine and added to BBC Radio Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record in the World” playlist. The Los Angeles Times also proclaims that lead singer Chad Elliot “…[makes] a good case for being the best male vocalist in local rock right now.”

Soon after signing with RCA Records, Funeral Party, whose name was inspired by a Cure song of the same title, finished recording tracks for their full-length debut, Golden Age of Knowhere. The album was produced by Lars Stalfors (Matt & Kim, The Mars Volta) and mixed by Dave Sardy (Band of Horses, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis).

The first three songs on Golden Age of Knowhere – “New York City Moves to the Sound of L.A.,” “Carwars,” and first U.S. single, “Finale” – establish Funeral Party’s up-tempo onslaught. The recently released video for their UK hit “Just Because,” directed by Mike Relm, was praised by BBC’s Chart Blog, calling it “one hell of a pop song.”

Funeral Party’s energetic live act led to opening slots alongside the likes of Yelle, Trail of Dead, and Julian Casablancas, as well as appearances at South By Southwest and Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Fresh off a busy summer with stops at Reading and Leeds, the band will spend their Fall on the road with Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club. Stay tuned for details on their CMJ appearances.

US Tour with Two Door Cinema Club
October 25 Toronto, ON Phoenix
October 27 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
October 28 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street
October 29 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
October 30 Denver, CO Bluebird
November 2 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda
November 3 San Diego, CA Belly Up
November 4 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
November 5 Portland, OR Hawthorne
November 6 Seattle, WA Neumo’s

LEVI’S® AND URBAN OUTFITTERS Announce Venue for Boston ‘SECRET GENERATOR SERIES’ Neon Indian FREE Show!

LEVI’S® AND URBAN OUTFITTERS Announce Venue for Boston ‘SECRET GENERATOR SERIES’ Neon Indian FREE Show!

Neon Indian to Play 10/03 in Boston

The Levi’s® brand and Urban Outfitters are bringing Boston music fans a free concert with a twist – a show by Neon Indian powered exclusively by generators in a truly unique and top-secret location. The first show of the “Secret Generator Series” happened last weekend with Deerhunter playing a show below an underpass in downtown Chicago. Now it’s time to announce the secret Boston location for the Neon Indian show. . .

But first, a little back-story: earlier this month Deerhunter and Neon Indian were announced as the Secret Generator Series artists, but the cities (Chicago and Boston) as well as the show dates (September 25 and October 3) weren’t revealed until Urban Outfitters’ Facebook fans and Twitter followers figured it out.

However, one important question remained: Where would the concerts take place? Because the shows are powered exclusively by generators, the show locations could be anywhere. A series of photo clues of the Boston location were posted on the Urban Outfitters blog, kicking off wild speculation. A few savvy souls figured out the correct location, and today comes the official announcement:

Neon Indian will play the Levi’s® + Urban Outfitters Generator Series show Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Power Station at 540 Harrison Avenue in South Boston. Doors at 3pm, show at 4pm.

Cut Copy Release Limited Edition “Where I’m Going” 7” Single Today! NEW “Behind The Scenes” Video Premiered On Los Angeles Times “Pop and Hiss” Blog

Cut Copy Release Limited Edition “Where I’m Going” 7” Single Today! NEW “Behind The Scenes” Video Premiered On Los Angeles Times “Pop and Hiss” Blog

With Cut Copy’s third studio record on the horizon, the band is releasing a one-sided, limited-edition, etched 7” single for “Where I’m Going” in the US and Australia on Modular/ Universal Music Group Australia today! The limited run is divided between the US and Australia online stores.. get them while they last!

Krozm (Midnight Juggernauts, Architecture In Helsinki, Jet) has delivered a new installment of the “behind the scenes” video documentary which premiered on Los Angeles Times “Pop and Hiss” blog today. Though the new album is now recorded, mixed and just days away from being totally done this segment shows the early days of the process, stepping into Dan Whitford’s recording studio and music room as early inspiration strikes. Check out the video here. We encourage you to post and share.

Stay tuned for more news on the record and US tour dates!

Australian Tour Dates
10/02: Melbourne, VIC @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Parklife Festival
10/03: Sydney, NSW @ Kippax Lake, Moore Park, Parklife Festival
10/04: Adelaide, SA @ Botanic Park, Parklife Festival

HARDDRIVE LIVE Tour Launches Next Week

HARDDRIVE LIVE TOUR LAUNCHES NEXT WEEK

TOUR FEATURES SEVENDUST, 10 YEARS

with SPECIAL GUESTS SINCE OCTOBER, ARANDA & ANEW REVOLUTION

Contest Winners To Receive A Special Acoustic Performance By Since October

Trek Kicks Off Oct 4th in Augusta, GA

New York, NY — United Stations nationally syndicated radio shows HardDrive and HardDrive XL returns next week with the second annual HARDDRIVE LIVE TOUR 2010 branded and produced in conjunction with its’ weekend and nightly radio programs. The tour launches on October 4th in Augusta, GA at The Country Club.

The 2010 lineup for the fall concert tour features headliners Sevendust, 10 Years, with special guests Since October, Aranda and Anew Revolution. The excursion will begin in Augusta, GA on October 4th and is currently scheduled to arrive in 28 cities across North America by November. Tickets and additional information regarding the tour are available now at www.harddrivelivetour.com. Trojan Condoms are now an official sponsor of the tour.

In addition local station meet and greets and ticket giveaways at all the stops, two major national contests are tied in with the tour. On October 7th, five winners, with guests, of the HARDDRIVE HIGH ROLLERS BONANZA contest will attend the Atlantic City stop of the tour. It will include a VIP reception, celebrity poker with the bands, as well as a special post-show acoustic performance from Since October, all hosted by Lou Brutus. There will also be a flyaway to the last stop of the tour at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL to catch the final show of the trek on November 10th. Lou will be on hand to MC the night and there will be a pranks galore as it’s Lou’s birthday-all part of HARDDRIVE LIVE BRUTUS BIRTHDAY BASH!

Last year’s inaugural outing of the HARDDRIVE LIVE TOUR featured All The Remains, Lacuna Coil, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, From Sword to Sunrise and Taking Dawn. The tour was a major success for all involved. As was the case in 2009, local affiliates of HardDrive programming will be involved in promotional activity surrounding the concert dates by giving away tickets, artist meet and greet passes and VIP packages, and HardDrive host Lou Brutus will be on-hand for some of the concerts. Details on the contests, and information about the tour, including tickets, the official tour shirt, bios of the bands, videos, fan picture postings and more can be found at www.harddrivelivetour.com. The HardDrive Live Tour is produced by Mike Childs and Ledge Entertainment.

Regarding their participation in the HardDrive Live Tour 2010, the members of Sevendust issued the following statement, “We couldn’t be more excited to be on the HardDrive Live tour this Fall. Roxy (Myzal, HardDrive producer) has been there since the beginning and HardDrive have been huge supporters of the band over the years. It will also be great to be on tour with our friends in 10 Years and, of course, as always – playing for our Sevendust family.”

HardDrive host, Lou Brutus added, “We know our radio shows touch people daily, but with a live concert tour we can REALLY reach out and touch both our affiliates and our listeners. It’s always been about the music for us, and there’s nothing that tops a live concert experience for fans, especially hardcore fans like me and the rest of the HardDrive staff.”

HardDrive with Lou Brutus debuted on July 5, 1996. With 125 radio stations broadcasting the show, HardDrive is America’s longest running new rock show supporting the careers of hundreds of groups from Korn to Five Finger Death Punch. Multi-platinum metal band Slipknot received some of their first national airplay on the two-hour week-end syndicated show. United Stations acquired the series in 2001, and in 2007 originator / producer Roxy Myzal developed the Monday through Friday spin-off HardDrive XL, also featuring Lou Brutus.

The complete itinerary for HardDrive Live 2010 is as follows:

OCT
4: Augusta, GA @ The Country Club
5: Fayetteville, NC @ Jester’s Pub
7: Atlantic City, NJ @ HOB
9: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10: Fitchburg, MA @ Fitchburg Trade -Bay State Metalfest
12: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
13: Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
15: Indianapolis, IN @ 8 Seconds Saloon
16: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
17: Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre
19: Sault Sainte Marie, MI @ Dream Makers Theater At Kewadin Casino
21: Chicago, IL @ Joe’s Bar (SEVENDUST with special guests TBA!)
22: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
23: Radio show TBA
26: San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
27: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
29: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont East District
30: Fresno, CA @ Woodward Park (KRZR Halloween Show!)
31: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (last show with Since October)

NOV (Aranda joins tour & replaces Since October)
2: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
3: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5: Minneapolis, MN @ TBA (Radio show)
6: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
9: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor (Special Guests Since October)
10: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Special Guests Since October)

Miami Horror Featured on NPR, Releases Memory Tapes Remix of “I Look To You”

Miami Horror Gets Remixed by Memory Tapes

“Holidays” w/Alan Palomo (Neon Indian/Vega) featured as NPR Song of the Day

Fresh off their successful summer tour and US debut, Melbourne-based group Miami Horror was featured on NPR this week, and released a Memory Tapes remix of their second single “I Look to You.” The original track is the second single from Miami Horror’s recently-released debut album, Illumination, which features contributions from Swedish singer MAI, Melbourne-based chanteuse Kimbra, Dappled Cities’ Tim Derricourt, and Neon Indian/Vega’s Alan Palomo.

Check out their previously-released video for “I Look To You,” featuring Kimbra, here.

“Influenced by pop artists of the 1970s and ’80s like ABBA and Prince, [Miami Horror] from Sydney are poised to become every disco balls’ new bestie.”- New York Post, ‘You Must Know’

“…Miami Horror, the Aussie outfit who make music so beautiful it hurts…sound so robust it makes the disco it emulates almost pale in comparison.” – Black Book

“…they’re a synthesis of so many sounds ranging from disco, prog rock like ELO, some 80’s like Talking Heads, trip hop and so many other sounds to neatly pigeon hole.” – Examiner.com

“Miami Horror manages to stand out among the clutter, though, by doing it just as well, if not better, than everyone else.” – The Dallas Observer

“As a debut album, ‘Illumination’ is a wonderful start of something we hope to be around for a long time.” – Chicagoist

Class Actress Prepares For Tour, Releases Extended EP

Class Actress Prepares For Tour, Releases Extended EP

“Unabashedly slick electro-pop beats juxtaposed with coy, romantically
depressed vocals courtesy of star-in-the-making Elizabeth Harper.” – New York Magazine

“[Harper’s] passion proves to be the same kind of compelling counterweight
to frosty sonics that helped make the music of her influences so memorable.” – Pitchfork “Rising” Artist

“[Class Actress’] super 80s vibe made the scene feel like the climax of a John Hughes movie, aka awesome. At the end of their set, I had hearts in my eyes.”- BUST

Brooklyn’s Class Actress is preparing for an extensive fall tour in support of their debut, Journal of Ardency EP, available now on Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Ethan Silverman’s Terrible Records. After tours with Little Boots and The xx, Elizabeth Harper and the gang will head out across North America with Small Black, Delorean, and Matthew Dear among others.

A special extended version of Journal of Ardency, featuring Class Actress’ cover of Neon Indian’s “Terminally Chill,” will be available digitally and on CD at these shows. Don’t miss them!

“Journal of Ardency” Video

Class Actress Tour Dates:

10/1 Pittsburgh, PA – University of Pittsburgh – William Pitt Union Assembly
10/3 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
10/7 Northfield, MN – Carleton College – The Cave
10/8 Sapringfield, MO – The Outland
10/9 St. Louis, MO – The Gramophone
10/11 Chicago, IL – Metro
10/12 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
1013 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
10/21 New York, NY – Pianos (CMJ I Guess I’m Floating Party)
10/22 Baltimore, MD – Golden West Café*
10/23 Washington DC – DC9*
10/24 Raleigh, NC – Kings*
10/26 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn*
10/27 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder*
10/28 New Orleans, LA – The Saint*
10/29 Austin, TX – Emo’s Alternative Lounge – Inside*
10/30 Dallas, TX – The Cavern*
11/2 Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space*
11/3 San Diego, CA – Casbah*#
11/5 Los Angeles, CA – Echo*#
11/6 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
11/8 Portland, OR – Holocene*#$
11/9 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project*#
11/10 Vancouver BC – Media Club*
11/11 Missoula, MT – The Palace*
11/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*
11/13 Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis*
11/15 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*
11/16 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre*
11/17 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop*
11/18 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club*&
11/19 Montreal QC – Le Belmont*&
11/20 Middlebury, VT – Middlebury College*
11/21 Allston, MA – Great Scott*

* w/ Small Black
# w/ Young Prisms
$ w/ Matthew Dear
& w/Delorean + Lemonade