The Boxer Rebellion Offer “No Harm” MP3 Download, Performing on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Wednesday, February 2




One of FILTER MAGAZINE’s “20 Anticipated Albums of 2011”

“Packed front-to-back with lush melodies, yearning vocals and swooning choruses that would tug at even Chris Martin’s heartstrings, the ambitious album is an epic, effortless offering from a quartet dead set on perfecting their pop-rock craft.” – BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

“The Boxer Rebellion should be proud it’s lasted this many rounds – ‘The Cold Still’ is, potentially, its knock-out punch” – RELIX MAGAZINE

London-based rock quartet The Boxer Rebellion is excited to offer opening song “No Harm” from their soon-to-be-released third album titled The Cold Still for download. “No Harm” is a track that highlights the band’s elegant musicianship and frontman Nathan Nicholson’s soaring and captivating vocals throughout. Also included is an exclusive live version of the band’s current single, “Step Out of the Car.” Grab the songs HERE

In addition to the band’s MP3 offering, The Boxer Rebellion will be performing on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, February 2, where they will be performing their epic alt-rock single “Step Out of the Car.” The upcoming late-night appearance will mark the band’s network television debut.

Released on February 1, 2011, and created in conjunction with legendary producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), The Cold Still is an exercise in master class performances and dark, sophisticated songwriting from a band that embodies the very definition of “independent.”

As the band’s most ambitious work to date, The Cold Still is certain to captivate an army of music fans around the world. Epic and intimate in equal measure, it is a breathtaking album bristling with tense passion, giant riffs and heartrending lyrics, all with an effortless grace that has become The Boxer Rebellion’s trademark. As a whole, The Cold Still embodies the band’s alluring approach to songwriting as well as their relentless live spirit.

An exclusive iTunes version of The Cold Still is now available for pre-order that features two exceptional bonus tracks (one live, one acoustic) available only through the online music store.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Announces Debut Full Length Album on Quite Scientific, Spring Tour Including SXSW

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Announces Debut Full Length Album on Quite Scientific, Spring Tour Including SXSW

“White hot band of the moment” – Brooklyn Vegan

“With guitar, bass, drum machines and samplers, the duo produce a full sound that melds rock, Motown, soul and electronic beats …the eclectic musical flavors jump out.”” – ESPN

“an inspired mix of hip-hop and folk”- NPR’s All Songs Considered

“Whether Dale himself would approve of his imaginary progeny is hard to predict, but there’s little doubt [Daniel] Zott and [Joshua] Epstein will come through as winners when critics compile their best-of lists of 2010.” – KEXP Live Session (Watch here!)

Oil portrait by Joanna Marie Care

Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have announced the release of their anticipated full-length debut, It’s A Corporate World on Quite Scientific Records on April 26th. The oil painting of Dale members Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein shown above will be incorporated into the album’s artwork.

Epstein said of the making of the album, “Daniel and I essentially met each other when we started this project, and over the course of 6 months we would meet in his basement and write and record and talk. I’m happiest that our friendship formed fast and grew, but I think we’re both really proud of the record that we made in the process. ‘It’s a Corporate World’ is really about two individuals existing in separate lives, and the ideas that can form or possibilities that can open up when one person starts to rely on another with a genuine sense of trust and mutual respect”

The band is also preparing for a spring tour with Tapes ‘n Tapes down through this year’s SXSW. The band’s debut Horse Power EP and My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1, featuring remixes from Deastro, Prussia and more, will be available on vinyl for the first time and sold on tour. The LP will feature the Horse Power EP on the front, Remixes EP on the back, and comes complete with a pair of Chroma-Depth 3D glasses! Click artwork below for hi-res versions.

Horse Power EP My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on Tour
Mar 1 – Kenyon College – Gambler, OH
Mar 4 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS *
Mar 5 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO *
Mar 7 – Neurolux – Boise, ID *
Mar 8 – Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA *
Mar 9 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR *
Mar 11 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA *
Mar 12 – Troubadour – W. Hollywood, CA *
Mar 14 – Cellar Door – Visalia, CA *
Mar 16 – SXSW
Mar 17 – SXSW
Mar 18 – SXSW
Mar 19 – SXSW
Mar 20 – Stickyz – Little Rock, AR
Mar 22 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
Mar 23 – The Bilken Club – St. Louis, MO
Mar 25 – Schubas – Chicago, IL

* with Tapes ‘n Tapes

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Eastern Conference Champions Finish New Album Speak-ahh Due Out April 26th

Eastern Conference Champions Finish New Album Speak-ahh Due Out April 26th

Eastern Conference Champions are returning with their first album of new material in four years. Speak-ahh will be released on April 26th on RockHampton Records.

The trio, which consists of Josh Ostrander, Greg Lyons and Melissa Dougherty, has kept quite busy since the release of their debut album (Ameritown) in 2007, releasing two critically acclaimed EP’s (Santa Fe & Akustiks).

Lead singer Josh Ostrander explains why it took four years to finish their second album: “We knew this was going be a very important record for us when we started demoing and collecting songs. Every record and EP we released up until this point was truly a stepping-stone to this record. We wanted Speak-ahh to hit on every level. For the most part the band has adapted itself to getting things on their first or second takes whilst recording. I cant for the life of me tell you why this is our darkest record to date, it’s not something we planned, we didn’t even realize it until we looked at what we had finished.”

Recorded in downtown Los Angeles, The ten-track album is a departure from the sound of their debut album. “After we recorded Ameritown with Owen Morris, we had a hell of a time pulling off some of the songs live, it just got away from us in the studio,” Josh reflected. “Since we began recording on our own, we always go into recording a song with a ‘are we gonna be able to pull this off live’ mentality. We never put two guitars down when one will do the job. We prefer the bones of it to an orchestra. We love the rawness.”

Eastern Conference Champions made waves last year when they were tapped to contribute an exclusive song “for the third installment of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The unsigned act was chosen from more than 400 bands competing for the coveted soundtrack slot, and the resulting song, “A Million Miles An Hour,” received rave reviews and raised the band’s profile considerably.

“Twilight was ridiculously good for us,” Josh commented. “If anything it showed a million kids out there that you don’t need a label or even proper representation to get a foot in the door. We had two songs in the running for the movie, but they just weren’t right. The band was taking me to Vegas for my birthday when we got the call that wanted something else. It was the night before we were leaving, nobody wanted to go in, but we did, we powered through, wrote, recorded, and mixed the song in about six hours, then left for Vegas. We would find out a week later that we got it.”

Eastern Conference Champions are planning to tour around the release of Speak-ahh. Dates will be announced shortly.

Speak-ahh_Full Track Listing
1. Attica
2. Hell or High Water
3. Hurricane
4. Bull in the Wild
5. Patience
6. How Long
7. Offkilter
8. Sunshine
9. Atlas
10. Where From Here

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O’Death To Release New Record, Outside, Via Ernest Jenning Record Co. On April 19th, Announce Spring Tour, Give Away New Song



“This raw and ragged New York band draws from the starkness and spiritual purity of Appalachian folk, the menace of punk and the rowdy theatricality of Tom Waits, jumbling sacred and profane.” – Ben Sisario, The New York Times

In late July of 2010, New York quintet O’Death – Singer/guitarist Greg Jamie, Gabe Darling on banjo and ukulele, drummer David Rogers-Berry, bassist Jesse Newman, and violinist Robert Pycior – returned to the stage after a year-long hiatus to play a critically-acclaimed set at the Newport Folk Festival. In many ways it was the perfect start to a new era in the band’s existence, and a logical precursor to their upcoming third LP. O’Death return to Ernest Jenning Record Co. for Outside, set for release April 19th.

After endless touring on the rollicking one-two punch of their debut Head Home (Ernest Jenning Record Co.) and sophomore barnburner Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin (Kemado), the band was sidelined in the midst of their 2009 tour when Rogers-Berry was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Ten months of chemotherapy and a shoulder replacement later, the group returned to the studio with a new outlook on life, and began work on their most fully conceived project to date – an affirmation of sorts. With the help of producer/engineer Billy Pavone (The Fall, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits), the result is a record that is both the most subtle and massive accomplishment of the band’s career. Outside is a darkly triumphant and free-flowing album that represents exactly where the songwriters have found themselves in this moment. As Pycior notes, “I love the dynamic disparity in the album: the fragile parts of ‘Bugs,’ ‘Ourselves,’ and ‘Don’t Come Back…,’ the huge endings in ‘Alamar,’ ‘Look at the Sun,’ and ‘Pushing Out.’

Listen to/Download “Bugs,” the first track off Outside, here.

O’Death will be touring extensively leading up to the record’s release on April 19th. Come see what Time Out Chicago calls “a Neil Young–fronted version of Murder By Death doused with banjos and speed.”


Saturday, Mar. 12 – Denton, TX @ 35 Conferette
Mar. 16 – Mar. 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Monday, Mar. 21 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
Tuesday, Mar. 22 – San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse w/ Franz Nicolay, David Dondero
Wednesday, Mar. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo w/ Franz Nicolay, David Dondero
Thursday, Mar. 24 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriets w/ Helado Negro
Friday, Mar. 25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Helado Negro
Saturday, Mar. 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Helado Negro
Sunday, Mar. 27 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project w/ Helado Negro
Tuesday, Mar. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern w/ Helado Negro
Wednesday, Mar. 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
Thursday, Mar. 31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Friday, Apr. 1 – Missoula, MT @ The Palace w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
Saturday, Apr. 2 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
Sunday, Apr. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
Monday, Apr. 4 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child
Tuesday, Apr. 5 – Pueblo, CO @ Red Raven Gallery w/ Sasquatch, The Haunted Windchimes
Wednesday, Apr. 6 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Thursday, Apr. 7 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Friday, Apr. 8 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ Grandchildren
Saturday, Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Grandchildren
Monday, Apr. 11 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ The Hollows, Grandchildren
Tuesday, Apr. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe w/ Grandchildren
Wednesday, Apr. 13 – Grantham, PA @ Messiah College
Thursday, Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Grandchildren
Friday, Apr. 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Grandchildren
Saturday, Apr. 16 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott

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Download Hot Sugar’s Innovative and Infectious Debut EP HERE

Click HERE to Download Hot Sugar’s Genre-Defying New EP, Muscle Milk, for FREE!

Click HERE to watch Hot Sugar make a beat using sounds constructed in his apartment

If you didn’t catch it when it premiered on Prefix, be sure to click above to stream or download Hot Sugar’s new EP, Muscle Milk. The refreshingly diverse collection of songs is the beat wizard’s debut release and touches on everything from futuristic funk to whimsical indie pop to glitchy IDM. The man behind the moniker, Nick Koenig, has harnessed his endless ambition and a restless creativity to make music with a distinct style and a truly chameleonic sound.

Dame Dash’s Creative Control recently caught up with producer Nick Koenig, a.k.a. Hot Sugar, to document his unique process of making beats and capture his charmingly awkward sense of humor. Click HERE to watch Koenig in action (and note that all the sounds used in this video were recorded live at this session.)

For the past several decades numerous musicians have created recordings using found audio. It is usually done in a manner that highlights the unusual nature of the source. Koenig, on the other hand, manipulates his samples until they’re tweaked beyond recognition. For example, if one of his kick drums sounds like it came from a drum set, it’s more likely to be the sound of a car running over a juicebox, if not a fire cracker pitched down and chopped up, etc.

Having mastered this experimental technique, Koenig has a nearly unlimited palette of sounds to work with and his beats cover a massive array of genres. “F**kable” is a slice of oddball digital funk while “Don’t Cut Down My Tree” is a grimy banger, and “Color Wars” features the soulful, lo-fi croon of Aaron Livingston (The Roots, RJD2). Muscle Milk is a mere appetizer for Hot Sugar’s forthcoming work. With multiple other projects in the works, including a full-length slated for later this year, he is already living up to the promise of being one of the most exciting and innovative producers on the scene.

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Alcoholic Faith Mission Releases First Single off EP, Adds Dates in NYC, Montreal and Austin

Alcoholic Faith Mission Releases First Single off EP, Adds Dates in NYC, Montreal and Austin

“Brooding lyrics and crying-in-your-beer folk-balladeer singalongs…these Danes are out to wreck your heart with carefully calibrated bombs of acoustic sorrow.” – MTV (International Artists to Watch at SXSW ’11)

Download the “Running with Insanity” mp3

Danish sextet Alcoholic Faith Mission have released the first single off their forthcoming And the Running with Insanity EP, for mp3 download. Check out the FILTER premiere or download the track direct from SoundCloud. The EP follows the group’s recent tour of sold out shows last year throughout Europe, which propelled Alcoholic Faith Mission to return to the US on tour this year, after becoming one of the stand out acts of CMJ ’10, featured in The New York Times and Esquire amongst others.

The band has now added several new shows in North America, including the Under the Snow Festival in Montreal on March 10th and the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on March 15th. There will also be plenty of opportunities to check out the band at CMW in Toronto and SXSW!

And The Running With Insanity EP Track Listing:
1. Running With Insanity
2. Legacy
3. When They Bleed
4. Drowning (In Myself)
5. Dancing Fools

Tour Dates
Mar 9 – Canadian Music Week – Toronto, ON
Mar 10 – Casa Del Popolo (Under the Snow Festival) – Montreal, QC
Mar 11 – Canadian Music Week – Toronto, ON
Mar 12 – Canadian Music Week – Toronto, ON
Mar 13 – Littlefield – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 15 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 16 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 17 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 18 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 19 – SXSW – Austin, TX (Paper Garden / YYZ Showcase)

Their EP may still be a few months away, but the band has a brand new 7-inch thanks to Ampeater Music. Both the A and B side feature exclusive, unreleased tracks available for free download.

Panda Bear unveils album cover art for Tomboy Street date moved up to April 12

Panda Bear unveils album cover art for Tomboy Street date moved up to April 12

STREAM: “Slow Motion

Panda Bear – Tomboy album cover art by Scott Mou

Panda Bear is the project of Animal Collective member Noah Lennox. Tomboy, his long-awaited fourth album as Panda Bear, and follow-up to Person Pitch, is now complete and will be released on his own label, Paw Tracks on April 12, 2011. This is one week earlier than the originally announced release date – it was moved up so that the record will be available for Record Store Day on April 16.

Over the past six months or so, Panda Bear has released a series of vinyl singles on different labels, including Domino, Paw Tracks, and Fat Cat, with the final single forthcoming on Kompakt. The Tomboy album is a compilation of these songs, along with new ones that have not been released. Additionally, all the songs have been added to and newly mixed with help from Sonic Boom to give the album a wonderfully rich and warm sound.

The cover art for all of the singles leading up to Tomboy, as well as the album cover art (pictured above) are by Scott Mou. Mou is also a member of another band, Jane, with Lennox.

More about Tomboy:
Both as a member of Animal Collective and as the solo artist, Panda Bear, Noah Lennox spent the aughts helping redefine the aesthetics and methodology of experimental and independent music. With work ranging from splayed but lyrical noise, florid acoustic arrangements, and guitar-centric psychedelia, he and his bandmates have covered a vast musical territory that blurs the line between pop and experimentalism.

But while Panda Bear and Animal Collective have garnered acclaim with each successive sonic venture, their music really started to take hold when they began working with electronics. In 2007, Lennox released the milestone Person Pitch, a mélange of loopy samples, ethereal textures, and dubby echoes all bound together by his soulful tenor. Hailed by many as an instant classic, the album’s influence was almost immediately recognizable. He continued work with Animal Collective, releasing another landmark album Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2009.

While the interval since Person Pitch has seen plenty of work from the Animal Collective camp, Panda Bear activity has been rare. He has toured sparingly, done intermittent remix work, and appeared on a few peers’ releases while rumors circulated about his next full-length, Tomboy. The second half of 2010 saw the record’s first offerings: a string of 7″s containing tracks from the album, each released on a different label. With one more due before the album’s release on April 12th, the singles have revealed Tomboy’s palette while helping Lennox gauge his progress and focus on individual songs.

Recorded at his studio in Lisbon, Tomboy sees Lennox stepping away from the sample-based parameters of his previous record and incorporating more guitar and synthesizer. Still prevalent, though, is the interest in texture that made Person Pitch such a dense record; crashing waves and cheering crowds bounce against the gurgling arpeggios and give the tracks an immense sense of space. Soaked in reverb and punctuated with inflections of delay, the album’s drums reveal a dub influence which gives them a visceral punch that lingers after each hit. Lennox’s lofty, self-harmonizing vocals smooth out the songs, and Sonic Boom’s mixing gives the work a large dynamic range. With Tomboy, Lennox has created a more plaintive atmosphere, but in accordance with the conflicting image of its title, the highs of the album balance out its lows. The record, massive in its span of emotion, genre, and sound, is the welcome return of one of the most prolific and consistent audio pioneers in recent memory.

Panda Bear
(Paw Tracks)
Street Date: April 12, 2011

Track list:
01 You Can Count on Me
02 Tomboy
03 Slow Motion
04 Surfer’s Hymn
05 Last Night at The Jetty
06 Drone
07 Alsatian Darn
08 Scheherezade
09 Friendship Bracelet
10 Afterburner
11 Benfica

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Swedish atmospheric rock group Jeniferever announce third album borne of tragedy and motion

Swedish atmospheric rock group Jeniferever announce third album borne of tragedy and motion

“It’s personal, every song, every note – it moves out and reaches into you, and you just know that you didn’t find this band, they came looking for you.” — The Red Alert

“The kind of heart-swelling soundscapes that beg to be described in terms of glaciers and geysers.” — Uncut

The sound of Uppsala, Sweden’s cult-beloved Jeniferever is often described in epic terms: majestic, soaring, atmospheric, careening, sweeping. And, the quartet’s forthcoming third album, Silesia (Monotreme Records) is a fitting example of their masterful meld of melodic pop songcraft with post rock’s expansive sonic wanderlust. It is an album borne of tragic loss and motion.

Silesia will be available worldwide this April on CD, vinyl and digital download.

Jeniferever – Kristofer Jönson, Martin Sandström, Olle Bilius and Fredrik Aspelin – have previously been compared to some truly otherworldly outfits like The Appleseed Cast, Explosions In The Sky and Immanu El. But every second of Silesia is tied to place and time, bound by reality and borne by experience. It’s less about escape, more confronting the unexpected trials that send one’s life into undulation.

The album’s title is taken from the former name of Berlin’s Ostbahnhof. It was near here, while on tour in 2009, that Kristofer learned that his father had passed away. Reality bit where there was so often release; the structure of life on the road collapsed, and the band canceled their remaining dates. Several months later, a third album began to form; while not wholly informed by the recent tragedy, nevertheless the collection bears its title with no little relevance. Said Kristofer, “I liked the idea of naming it after a railway station since it’s a place of motion, a place where people arrive and depart and sometimes maybe depart never to come back…” And, the end product is Jeniferever’s brightest, most immediate long-player yet. From pain, confidence; from darkness, light.

Two previous albums – 2006’s Choose a Bright Morning and 2009’s Spring Tides – earned the band the affections of in-the-know admirers. It was easy to be charmed by their soft-focus dynamics, their soaring climaxes and emotions-stirring textures. But it wasn’t so easy to chance upon their fare, and word of mouth has largely driven the group’s reach. Whether Silesia breaks through the invisible divide between underground and mainstream is out of the band’s hands. But there are moments of snappy accessibility that will surely tick relevant radio boxes, given the chance.

There’s a crack and strut to “The Beat of Our Own Blood”, the album’s third track. “Goodbye to bright spotlights,” sings Kristofer, taking the listener into the belly of the urban beast, through a city’s trains and tunnels. “Deception Pass” might be the band’s heaviest song yet, drums and bass combining to kick up a turbulent maelstrom of menace. “Hearths” threads elegant atmospherics like satellite trails across a starry sky, and the title-track’s sentiment, while stemming from a single heart, is truly universal.

Leaves fall, ice builds, the sun breaks cover, flowers blossom. Everything’s part of a cycle, every aspect has its beauty. Silesia is an album of similar changes and contrasts, of life and death, and just as fascinating as the forever-changing nature of what’s outside your window.

Artist: Jeniferever
Album: Silesia
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: April 19th, 2011

01. Silesia
02. Waifs And Strays
03. The Beat Of Our Own Blood
04. A Drink To Remember
05. Deception Pass
06. Cathedral Peak
07. Where The Hills Fall Towards The Ocean
08. Dover
09. Hearths

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Tour North America in March in Support of their latest critically acclaimed album “History Of Modern”

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Tour North America in March in Support of their latest critically acclaimed album “History Of Modern”

Plus free MP3 download of “If You Want To (Marsheaux Remix)”

O.M.D. – If You Want It (Marsheaux Remix)

With just one week on the market, OMD tickets are selling out fast in the US!
General Admission tickets for Los Angeles are officially sold out and only Gold VIP tickets remain! But don’t fret, due to this phenomenal demand O.M.D. have just announced a SECOND L.A. show for March 29th! Additionally, San Francisco’s show formerly at Mezzanine has now been moved to Oakland’s Fox Theater to accommodate the high demand for tickets! (All San Fran tickets will be honored)!

VIP and Gold packages which include Meet and Greets and Soundcheck experiences with OMD are available in all cities, but please note, VIP packages have sold out fast in LA (for the first show), SF, NY, and Chicago.

Details are below and special VIP tickets can be purchased at:

VIP package $150
Admittance to show, intimate soundcheck experience AND band meet and greet. Exclusive autographed 8×10 photo and exclusive t-shirt. Plus tour program and your choice of “History of Modern” CD or 180-gram vinyl w/ digital download. Limited to 30 people per venue.

GOLD Package: $100
Admittance to show AND intimate soundcheck experience. Exclusive autographed 8×10 photo and exclusive t-shirt. Plus tour program and your choice of “History of Modern” CD or 180-gram vinyl w/ digital download. Limited to 70 people per venue.

All tickets are general admission.

‘Cause for exaltation’ – NPR

‘Synth pop icons re-emerge with ’80s allure intact… Andy McCluskey’s ageless croon still conjures ghosts in the synth pop machinery, as vintage Mellotrons weep quasi-operatic tears.’

‘OMD has the dignity that made them huge first time’ – News of the World

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, one of the UK’s most iconic bands, are back with their first new album in 14 years. The appropriately entitled ‘History Of Modern’ via Bright Antenna Records through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group, has already sold over 100,000 copies. And what a return!

Andy McCluskey has called it ‘our best album since Architecture and Morality’ – and few would disagree. The album was produced by OMD and mixed by one of the UK’s most in demand producers Mike Crossey (Artic Monkeys/Blood Red Shoes/Razorlight).

Last autumn the classic OMD line up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper (keyboards) and Malcolm Holmes (drums) embarked on their sold-out ‘History of Modern’ European tour. The press raved. The Times praised their “well-crafted song structures, lush arrangements and energetic stage performance” while Q Magazine declared them ‘soaring synth-pop of the highest order’.

The tour is now officially heading stateside this March with North American stops including Boston, NY, LA, SF, Toronto and playing select shows at this year’s SXSW. It will be the group’s first US outing with the original line up since their 1988 stadium tour with Depeche Mode. After three years of critically acclaimed sold- out concerts in the UK and Europe these dates will feature the band mixing their most celebrated and classic hits; ‘Enola Gay’, ‘So In Love’ ‘If You Leave’ and ‘Souvenir’ with new songs, creating a distinctly contemporary live show.

It’s nearly thirty years since OMD first harnessed their creative and commercial powers, and 2010’s comeback album ‘History Of Modern’ proves they still have a way with a warm melody and interesting lyric. For all their love of experimental German music, the Wirral duo remains at heart, slaves to the pop song. History of Modern is a powerful, pulsating, vibrant testament to their shared pop sensibility. Tracks such as ‘Pulse’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Sister Marie Says’ and ‘The Future’ are huge dancefloor fillers while downtempo gems ‘Bondage Of Fate’, ‘If You Want It’ and ‘Sometimes’ are simply beautiful, classic OMD songs that invoke their pioneering and influential electronic roots. Many of today’s electro artists such as LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Mark Ronson, The XX, MGMT and The Killers have repeatedly cited OMD as a massive inspiration.


March 5 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 6 Montreal, QC Le National
March 7 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 8 New York, NY Webster Hall
March 10 Washington, DC 9.30 Club
March 11 Pontiac, MA Crofoot Ballroom
March 12 Chicago, IL Park West
March 14 Atlanta, GA The Loft
March 16 Houston, TX House Of Blues
March 17 Austin, TX SXSW
March 18 Austin, TX SXSW
March 19 Austin, TX SXSW
March 20 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
March 22 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
March 23 Salt Lake City, UT Depot
March 25 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
March 26 Oakland, CA The Fox
March 27 San Diego, CA 4th & B
March 29 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box

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Emilie Simon The Big Machine (Le Plan, April 12; vinyl April 16) Announcing New Album, The Big Machine, Out April 12 “Rainbow” MP3 Premiered On PopMatters!

Emilie Simon The Big Machine (Le Plan, April 12; vinyl April 16) Announcing New Album, The Big Machine, Out April 12 “Rainbow” MP3 Premiered On PopMatters!

– The New Yorker

“… songwriter with a demure crackly voice whose music is rooted in Bjork-esque notions of how technology and nature stream together.”

“… an electro-pop singer with a thump, purr, and sizzle.”
– Interview

“Upbeat stomping epics that build and build”
– The Independent

One of France’s most renowned artists, Emilie Simon, launched her career in 2003 and immediately captured the imagination of a large audience with her sprawling and elegant musical fantasies, earning three Victoires de la Musique (France’s Grammy equivalent) during the course of her first three albums. She gained international acclaim for scoring the smash documentary March of the Penguins and saw her first US release in 2006 with The Flower Book. In 2008, she relocated to Brooklyn where she recorded her new album The Big Machine surrounding herself with talented guests such as Kelly Pratt and Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) as well as Jon Natchez (Beirut) or Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Brazilian Girls).

The Big Machine is full of Emilie’s powerful and seductive voice, inventively playful arrangements, driving synths and rhythms, and prodigious melodies. “The Ballad of the Big Machine” driving piano and horns punctuate Emilie’s plea to let her in. The percolating rhythm of “The Cycle” commands you to dance as Emilie’s voice wraps itself around the beats and soars until the song explodes. “Rocket to the Moon” takes us back to an era that didn’t quite exist, it’s big band sound is reminiscent of the 1920s is also decorated with futuristic flourishes. “This is Your World” ends the adventure with a command to reclaim the world.

Her iconic style has made her a respected voice in fashion. She is often seen donning dresses by Yeojin Bae, Jean-Paul Gauthier or Vivienne Westwood and collaborated with Paule Ka to design her stage attire. She blazes her own trail aesthetically, incorporating vintage clothing or up and coming designers to more established names, toying with fashion as she does with sounds.

Emilie Simon is equal parts breathtaking grandeur and bewitching intimacy. Have an early listen to album track “Rainbow” where it premieres on PopMatters or HERE and watch her re-imagine the sprawling track HERE as part of her “Bedford Avenue Sessions”, a series of solo performances in her house. You can see her use “the arm” a custom instrument built for her that encases her left arm and allows her to trigger effects on her voice and samples.