Priory – Priory album review

Priory is a quartet hailing from that lovely pocket of the Pacific Northwest, Portland, to be exact, and they make the kind of songs one would expect to hail from Portland: folky pop songs.

What sets Priory apart from their contemporaries, or such a group as Band of Horses (that was my first impression upon first listen)? Oh, just their lovely vocal melodies weaved in; and maybe their way of crafting super catchy sing-along songs stuck on repeat in your head, like Kings of Troy, Lady of Late or White Coat.

And how could I not mention the touch of warm synth sounds?
I can think of a few bands who have infused their folky songs with synthesizers, but I haven’t heard a folky band from up North, without trying to be cutesy, adding synths to their slightly melancholy sounding songs in quite some time, so it’s fair to say that this self-titled piece is quite a breath of fresh air in terms of the genre of indie pop folk (if that’s even a genre).

Most will be quick to judge their sound and write them off as another indie-folk band, but it’s the poppy sound that truly sets them apart, making you want to keep listening.

Maybe it’s because I know where this band comes from, but I can’t help but to feel compelled to take this album along with me on a hike through Runyon Canyon, or some other lovely hike trail here in Los Angeles (yes, we have quite a collection of lovely hiking trails here).

This album pairs well with a lovely, foresty setting and comfy hiking shoes, and since we have plenty here in LA, the warm embrace of the sun to balance out that poppy element I can’t stop talking about.

Seether – Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray album review

I have to admit I was hesitant to spend time with South African alternative rock band’s fifth album. This hesitance derives from my previous accidental listenings on small town rock radio and the fact they they toured with my least favorite band ever (whom I will leave to your imagination). After spending time with Holding on The Strings Better left to Fray, I am reminded why I feel this way but was given a chance to find a glimpse of understanding towards the appeal of Seether and bands like them (whom I will leave to your imagination).

Seether, particularly front man and guitar player Shaun Morgan has the ability create a wall of sound with power chords, distortion and guttural singing backed up with heavy yet primitive drum and bass playing. This style is understood as “post-grunge” which I don’t recognize as a proper genre title because I am still in denial about grunge ever dying. This affect is easy to listen to when your into this style. It fills up your brain via ears with sweet shiny nothingness. The album begins with “For Cue” which starts heavy, flashy and contains ridiculous lyrics. The style is continued for some time until the single “Country Song” which is slightly charming in a hillbilly bar in the deep south kind of way.

More mindless lyrics that conveniently rhyme are sung in the throaty manor for the remainder of the album which contains little diversity. The song “Down” is the strongest as it contains more complex instrumentals that compliment Morgan’s voice . That stated, if you like Seether this album will most likely fulfill your Seethery senses as the solid sense of the band is carried all the way through the album.

The War On Drugs Tour Midwest & East Coast In Support of Slave Ambient, out 8/16 on Secretly Canadian

THE WAR ON DRUGS TOUR THE MIDWEST & EAST COAST IN SUPPORT OF SLAVE AMBIENT, OUT AUG. 16 ON SECRETLY CANADIAN

Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs are releasing their excellent sophomore album, Slave Ambient, on August 16th on Secretly Canadian. Slave Ambient is a brilliant 47-minute sprawl of rock ‘n’ roll – every song instantly identifiable; a latticework of ideas and energies building into mile-high rock anthems.

The War On Drugs will be touring extensively in support of this new album, at times re-creating and at times re-interpreting the fuzz-fueled awesomeness of Slave Ambient. For anyone who recently caught them supporting Destroyer in the states, or across the globe the last few years, you know what I’m talking about. For everyone else, now’s the time to find out! Catch The War On Drugs on their first run of dates right after Slave Ambient’s release. More dates to be announced in the coming weeks!

THE WAR ON DRUGS TOUR DATES:
Thu. Aug. 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri. Aug. 19 — Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
Sat. Aug. 20 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sun. Aug. 21 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Tue. Aug. 23 — Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Aug. 24 — Toronto, ON @ TBD
Thu. Aug. 25 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Fri. Aug. 26 — Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
Sat. Aug. 27 — Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Sun. Aug. 28 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue. Aug. 30 — St. Louis, MO @ Billiken Club at St. Louis University
Wed. Aug. 31 — Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
Thu. Sep. 1 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Fri. Sep. 2 — Washington, DC @ Red Palace
Thu. Sep. 8 — Lisbon, Portugal @ Terraza Hotel Regency
Fri. Sep. 9 — San Sebastian, Spain @ Club Victoria Eugenia
Sun. Sep. 11 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso w/ Megafaun
Mon. Sep. 12 — Tilburg, Netherlands @ Incubate Festival w/ Megafaun
Tue. Sep. 13 — London, UK @ Lexington
Wed. Sep. 14 — Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Thu. Sep. 15 — Sheffield, UK @ Drowned In Sound presents at The Harley
Fri. Sep. 16 — Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sat. Sep. 17 — Brussels, Belgium @ AB club
Tue. Sep. 20 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
Wed. Sep. 21 — Stockholm, Sweden @ Lilla Hotelbaren
Thu. Sep. 22 — Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
Fri. Oct. 14 — Pensacola, FL @ DeLuna Festival

“On ‘Baby Missiles,’ lead-off track to the project’s second LP, Granduciel’s knack for writing songs that really mooooove has only sharpened with time. Because once it warms up, it really flies. Sheets of fleet-footed acoustic guitar are strummed to a blur. Synths whir. A piano purrs. Granduciel hoots and hollers out bus windows. But, above all else, this song’s backbone is the kind of drumbeat that begs to be tapped out on a steering wheel.” – Pitchfork

“at once driving and laid back. Not sure how they manage to do both, maybe it’s the wall of sound approach, or the piano that rises and falls in the background at the tail-end of the song, or maybe it’s just the haze that blankets this and every War on Drugs song.” – TheFADER.com

“We Can’t Stop Listening To The War On Drugs’ ‘Baby Missiles’ And Our Life Is More Livable For It . . . the way it is able paint the day with an optimistic hue has been exceptionally impressive.” – Philadelphia Weekly’s Make Major Moves

“steeped in psychedelia, classic rock and stoner jams that has an amazing depth of musicality and excellent songwriting.” – XPN.org’s “My Morning Download”

Cass McCombs Announces Summer Tour In Support Of WIT’S END & Shares New Video For County Line

CASS MCCOMBS ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR IN SUPPORT OF WIT’S END & SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “COUNTY LINE”

We are pleased to announce, after playing just a few select dates this past May in support of his new album, WIT’S END, Cass McCombs will be doing an extensive North American tour this July. A full list of dates is below.

Also, we have a brand new video for Cass McCombs’ “County Line,” produced by Malcolm Pullinger, directed by Cass, himself, and starring various locations across the South.

WATCH CASS MCCOMBS’ “COUNTY LINE” VIDEO:

CASS MCCOMBS’ TOUR DATES:
Thu. July 7 — Tucson, AZ @ Plush
Fri. July 8 — Marfa, TX @ Crowley Theater
Sat. July 9 — Austin, TX @ Lambert’s
Mon. July 11 — Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree w/ Lower Dens
Tue. July 12 — Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Lower Dens
Wed. July 13 — Nashville, TN @ The Basement w/ Lower Dens
Fri. July 15 — Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Lower Dens
Sat. July 16 — Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Café w/ Lower Dens
Sun. July 17 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Lower Dens
Mon. July 18 — Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears w/ Lower Dens
Tue. July 19 — Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse w/ Lower Dens
Thu. July 21 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Lower Dens
Fri. July 22 — Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Lower Dens
Sat. July 23 — Toronto, ON @ Rivoli w/ Lower Dens
Mon. July 25 — Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s w/ Lower Dens
Wed. July 27 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry w/ Lower Dens
Fri. July 29 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Cass McCombs’ WIT’S END is now out on Domino Records.

“what might be his best LP yet . . . a gorgeous album of despair, the most believable evidence yet that McCombs is living up to his own legend” — Pitchfork [Best New Music]

“Songs so unassuming they sneak up and slay you” — SPIN

“’Buried Alive,’ and parts of ‘Saturday Song’ and ‘Memory’s Stain’ — creepy-lovely processionals held together with major-minor movement — could go up against anything in pop so far this year.” – The New York Times

“His fifth album, ‘WIT’s END,’ is his darkest yet, but also his most graceful and gorgeous. It’s deserving of a wider audience—perhaps one still gripping its old Leonard Cohen records? Who else can sing the chorus of ‘Buried Alive’ so that it sounds like the loveliest fate imaginable?” – The Wall Street Journal

“Introspective and dark, sadness permeates eight melancholic songs that boast gorgeous melodies and poetic lyrics.” – Boston Herald

“some of his slowest, sweetest and most punishing songs yet.” – Washington Post

“ This record will blow the cobwebs from the darkest corners of your brain and, at times, render you inconsolable. But with great tact, McCombs draws the beauty from that place, translated into lonely waltzes and the starkly vulnerable imagery he invokes . . . “ – Portland Mercury

SAVES THE DAY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM DAYBREAK ON SEPTEMBER 13TH ON RAZOR & TIE

SAVES THE DAY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM DAYBREAK ON SEPTEMBER 13TH ON RAZOR & TIE

Band Kicks Off Tour With The Get Up Kids on June 2nd

Saves The Day, the seminal band that helped create and define the emo pop punk genre, returns with their new album, Daybreak, on September 13th through Razor & Tie. The song “Living Without Love” from the new album is available on iTunes for purchase. Pre-Order the album now and get two free tracks instantly – “Living Without Love” and “Undress Me”. Various bundles available for purchase. Saves The Day continues to tour and is currently on the road with The Get Up Kids (Dates Below) with future tour dates to be announced soon.

Produced by Marc Jacob Hudson (Two Tongues, Chiodos) and Saves The Day, the much-anticipated Daybreak is the final piece of a three album concept trilogy that started with the 2006 release Sound The Alarm and the 2008 release Under The Boards. Unlike the discontent and remorse ofthe previous two albums, Daybreak is eleven tracks of growth, acceptance and evolution.

“Daybreak wraps up all the turmoil and misery of the previous two albums and transcends the pain by facing the fear and angst that comes in this life and turning it into growth and positive change,” explains singer-guitarist and songwriter Chris Conley.

Saves The Day formed in 1997, releasing their debut album Can’t Slow Down in 1998 and followed by Through Being Cool in 1999. 2001’s Stay What You Are spawned the memorable “At Your Funeral” as the band continued to evolve and grow. 2003’s In Reverie peaked at #27 on the Billboard Top 200, becoming the third Saves The Day album to chart on the Billboard Top 200. In 2006, the band began its concept trilogy, which is now being completed in 2011 with Daybreak. Saves The Day is Chris Conley (Vocals/lead guitar), Arun Bali (Guitar), Rodrigo Palma (Bass) and Claudio Rivera (Drums).

Often cited as one of the most influential bands of their time, Saves The Day has stayed at the forefront of the emo punk scene for almost fifteen years.

Hayley Williams of Paramore cites the band as one of her greatest influences adding, “Saves The Day have been around since before I slipped into this side of the music pool. A friend introduced me to them and I remember wishing I had known the words to “Through Being Cool” while I was still in junior high being picked on for being totally UNcool. Even now, at 22, their music picks me up when I’m down and they remain relevant in a scene that’s swim or you’re sunk.”

Click Video below to listen to “Living Without Love”

SAVES THE DAY TOUR DATES
June 2 — Palatine, IL — Durty Nellies
June 3 — Lansing, MI — The Loft
June 4 — Toledo, OH — Headliners
June 5 — Pittsburgh, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
June 7 — Clifton Park, NY — Northern Lights
June 8 — Farmingdale, NY — The Crazy Donkey
June 9 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
June 10 — Providence, RI — Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
June 11 — Sayerville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
June 12 — Allentown, PA — Crocodile Rock Cafe

THE FERVOR & BAEBLE MUSIC ARE CRAZY FOR THE FEELING

THE FERVOR & BAEBLE MUSIC
ARE CRAZY FOR THE FEELING

**Louisville band’s new video opus debuts on
BaebleMusic.com today!**

“I had a dream I was being chased by two lions…their manes shining in the sun and blowing in the breeze as they chased me across an African plain with no end in sight or shelter of any kind. Hoping I could outwit them, I dove into a stream (thinking perhaps they could not smell me if I was underwater) but they dove right in after me and sank their teeth into my neck…and I remember laying there in the water watching the life force flow from my body into the stream with a beautiful rainbow-like quality…almost the same way motor oil looks in a puddle of rain…and it just felt so peaceful… I understood it was all so natural…survival of the fittest…and I got the same feeling when I first heard the liquid strands of The Fervor’s “Arise Great Warrior” flow thru my ears. It all feels so natural and peaceful…a necessary part of life, new born and floating freely in the cosmos forever now.” – Jim James, My Morning Jacket

The Fervor invite you on a thrilling cat and mouse journey. With their villainous band mates hot on their tail, Natalie and Ben Felker elude capture in their vintage, plum sedan. Natalie’s charming bellows contrast the song’s tormenting rock n’ roll vibe, which gives both the tune and the plot a quirky veneer. Get “Crazy For the Feeling” on BaebleMusic.com now!

Sondre Lerche to release new album and Sondre Lerche tour dates

SONDRE LERCHE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM JUNE 7TH SONDRE CURRENTLY ON HEADLINING TOUR VIDEO FOR SINGLE “PRIVATE CALLER” NOW ONLINE AMAZON “DEAL OF THE DAY” CONFIRMED FOR JUNE 7th KEXP, KCRW, KFOG, WNRN & MORE JUMP ON “SONDRE LERCHE”

Sondre Lerche is gearing up for the upcoming release of his self-titled album out June 7th on Mona Records. In support of the album Consequence Of Sound praises for “showcasing Lerche’s best traits as a songwriter,” Sondre is currently on a North American headlining tour. Tour dates below.

With an overwhelming response, Sondre’s new album will be Amazon’s “Deal Of The Day” on June 7th and radio stations across the country are jumping on first single “Private Caller.” In addition, Sondre will perform on KEXP, KCRW, KFOG and WNKU, among others, throughout June. Stay tuned for more details.

An artist The Los Angeles Times calls “one of the most talented names in contemporary pop” with “a live performance that should not be missed” Sondre is extremely excited to hit the road and premiere his new songs.

To get fans excited for the upcoming dates, Sondre is streaming single “Private Caller” and new song “Domino.” Links below (approved to embed).

The official video for “Private Caller” premiered on Stereogum last week. Check it out here: http://stereogum.com/712392/sondre-lerche-private-caller-video-stereogum-premiere/video/

Along with Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, Elle, USA Today, BlackBook, Redbook, Filter, Paste and countless others, early praise comes from Bust Magazine who raves, “Sondre is at his hook-heavy best here, stripping each melody to its barest bone. Will 2011 be the year of Sondre Lerche? Here’s hoping.” NY Magazine adds SONDRE LERCHE is “worth the wait. On the self-titled release, the follow-up to 2009’s wonderful Heartbeat Radio, Lerche trades sonic variety for candid directness, maintaining throughout his knack for sweet, hummable melodies.”

Not only can fans hear new songs below but one can also listen to an intimate session Sondre recently did with Daytrotter, which drew rave reviews. “He’s a writer who’s able to nimbly tackle the worrisome questions that we all have, spinning them into golden streamers, pieces that we’d enjoy listening to as the antidote to all that ails us … He’s a popsmith with enough pure genius and innovation in his arrangements and melodies to confuse the matter – of not knowing what’s supposed to be bringing us down or cheering us up. He’s not just another pretty song songwriter. He’s a modern day Burt Bacharach, whose raindrops aren’t causing any depression.”

TOUR DATES:

June 1st Sala Rossa Montreal, QC
June 2nd Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
June 3rd World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
June 4th Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
June 7th 9:30 Club Washington, DC
June 9th Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
June 10th 12th & Porter Nashville, TN
June 11th The Variety Atlanta, GA
June 12th Workplay Birmingham, AL
June 14th Southgate House Newport, KY
June 15th Old Rock House St Louis, MO
June 17th Fine Line Minneapolis, MI
June 18th Schubas Chicago, IL
June 19th Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
June 21st Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
June 22nd Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
June 25th The Croc Seattle, WA
June 26th Doug Fir Portland, OR
June 28th Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
June 29th El Rey Los Angeles, CA
June 30th Belly Up San Diego, CA

Porcelain Raft signs to Secretly Canadian

PORCELAIN RAFT SIGNS TO SECRETLY CANADIAN

We are incredibly excited to announce that Porcelain Raft, aka Rome native Mauro Remiddi, has signed with Secretly Canadian, the venerated label responsible for launching the stellar likes of Antony and the Johnsons, Here We Go Magic and Yeasayer into the wider consciousness.

Currently writing and recording his debut LP, Remiddi attracted attention and acclaim in 2010 when he released his debut single, “Tip Of Your Tongue” and the “Gone Blind” EP, both on the taste-making label Acephale. Winning plaudits on both side of the pond (Pitchfork lauded the “intimate sounding, homespun guitar pop that seems to be in short supply these days,” while the Guardian named him their “favourite abstract-computer-kid-sings-heart-out of 2010”), Remiddi went on to support the likes of Blonde Redhead, Yuck, Perfume Genius and more, before leaving audiences at SXSW spellbound by his distinctive vein of ethereal, mesmeric love songs. A full-length album is expected soon, but for now, you can listen to the brand new track, “Amateur’s Feeling,” below.

MOOGFEST 2011, OCTOBER 28-30 IN ASHEVILLE, NC, ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINEUP

MOOGFEST 2011, OCTOBER 28-30 IN ASHEVILLE, NC, ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINEUP!

THE FLAMING LIPS, PASSION PIT, STS9, GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY, CRYSTAL CASTLES, CHROMEO, BATTLES, UMPHREY’S MCGEE, MAYER HAWTHORNE & THE COUNTY, M83, TIM HECKER, TORO Y MOI, AUSTRA, MATTHEW DEAR, GOLD PANDA & more to play this year’s festival.

German electronic/spacerock explorers TANGERINE DREAM to present exclusive US performance.

Punk/electronic iconoclasts SUICIDE to perform their legendary first album in its entirety.

Electronic pioneer HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS to perform solo.

More CONCERTS, WORKSHOPS, TALKS, INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES, ART INSTALLATIONS to be announced in coming weeks.

WEEKEND PASSES ON SALE SATURDAY, JUNE 4, AT 12:00 NOON EASTERN

Asheville, NC – AC Entertainment is proud to announce the initial lineup for Moogfest 2011, the annual festival of electronic and visionary music, celebrating the innovative spirit of Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Taking place Oct. 28 – 30, in beautiful Asheville, NC, Moogfest’s Halloween harvest of musical delights builds on the tremendous success of last year’s reinvention of the Moogfest concept in the city that Bob Moog called home.

This year’s Moogfest lineup highlights a remarkable synergy of classic electronic music pioneers, contemporary groundbreaking artists, and young upstarts who are further pushing musical boundaries. ‘70s innovators, including Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Suicide, will present rare US performances as they join a lineup that includes the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, STS9, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, Chromeo, Battles, Umphrey’s McGee, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, M83, Holy F**k, Matthew Dear, Twin Shadow, Toro y Moi, The Naked And Famous, Tim Hecker, Anika, Austra, Causing A Tiger, and Gold Panda, with many others still to be announced.

The final Moogfest 2011 lineup will ultimately feature performances by over 60 internationally acclaimed artists in numerous venues throughout downtown, including the Asheville Civic Center Arena, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and world-renown Orange Peel Social & Pleasure Club. The festival will also host workshops, talks, interactive experiences and art exhibitions and installations.

“Last year’s reinvented Moogfest – the first to take place in Asheville – was an amazing experience – and the response from artists and fans alike was extraordinary,” says AC Entertainment founder, Ashley Capps. “We’re very excited and inspired to build upon that success for the 2011 festival.”

Weekend passes for Moogfest 2011 will go on sale on Saturday, June 4, at 12 Noon Eastern exclusively at www.moogfest.com.

Visit the official festival website, www.moogfest.com, for more information.

Moogfest 2011 Confirmed Artists:
Flaming Lips
Passion Pit
Tangerine Dream
STS9
Ghostland Observatory
Suicide (performing their legendary first album)
Crystal Castles
Chromeo
Battles
Umphrey’s McGee
M83
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
Adrian Belew Power Trio
Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Holy F**k
Matthew Dear
Toro Y Moi
Twin Shadow
Oneohtrix Point Never
The Naked And Famous
Tim Hecker
Brandt Bauer Frick
Cant
Gold Panda
Austra
Little Dragon
Anika
Causing A Tiger
Ford & Lopatin