Woodpigeon, aka songwriter Mark Andrew Hamilton, premiered the video for the album track “Red Rover Red Rover” today off their fifth full-length record, Thumbtacks and Glue, which arrived in stores this week on Boompa. Woodpigeon continues to refine and expand upon his sound with Thumbtacks and Glue, recorded in Calgary, Alberta with producer Arran Fisher and mastered by Ryan Morey. Known for his stunning and heart-wrenching orchestral pop, Thumbtacks and Glue shows off Hamilton at his most diverse, from the crunching guitar of “Children Should Be Seen And Not Heard” and the pure pop of “As Read In The Pine Bluff Commercial” to the delicacy of “Little Wings” and the bitter sting of “Robin Song”. This is the sound of a songwriter just hitting his stride.
Praise for Thumbtacks and Glue:
“Hamilton writes very nice folk rock songs, the way a 1000 songwriters do, but he, unlike most of his competition, also wires them with dynamite and blows them sky high.” – BLURT, 8 out of 10
“sumptuous, harmony-heavy orchestral pop.” – UNCUT, 7 out of 10
“On Thumbtacks and Glue, Hamilton may finally gain an audience beyond the indie folk ghetto.” – NOW, 4 out of 5
“Thumbtacks and Glue packs more musicianship and ingenuity than your average modern-day folk artist might deliver.” – The Grid TO, 8 out of 10
“immaculate and endearing music.” – The Line of Best Fit, 8 out of 10
“a broader, more electrified sonic palate that’s unafraid to let some edges fray” – Chromewaves
BMI congratulates Alanna Royale on their win at Road to Bonnaroo round one. Their sultry, funky grooves stood out among the immense talent represented at the competition, earning them a spot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, held June 13-16 in Manchester, Tenn.
Pictured are (l-r): BMI’s Clay Bradley, Mercy Lounge co-owner Todd Ohlhauser, Alanna Royale’s Matt Snow and Alanna Quinn-Broadus, and BMI’s Mark Mason. Photo by Drew Maynard.
BMI’s Road to Bonnaroo 2013 (RTB 2013) brings Nashville’s indie bands and music fans together for the fifth consecutive year to select three homegrown artists ready to represent the city’s bustling music scene on a national stage. Round one was held on February 25, and Nashville-based Alanna Royale won over the crowd and judges, earning her a coveted spot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. See photo and info below. There are still two spots left, and 8 off 8th showcases on March 25 (lineup listed below) and April 15 will decide who goes to Manchester in June.
RTB 2013 will follow the rules established in previous years: As the live-action litmus test, eight bands will perform three-song sets during each installment of the series. To select the evening’s top contender, an industry panel comprised of local music journalists, bloggers, and 8 off 8th hosts will contribute one half of the verdict, while fan votes through onsite ballots determine the other half.
As the nation’s spotlight remains laser-focused on Nashville, more eyes bring greater expectations and up the five-year-old RTB’s already considerable ante. The lineup for the first round of RTB 2013 meets the challenge and sets the bar sky high.
The RTB 2013 is sponsored by BMI, the Mercy Lounge, The Nashville Scene and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Monday, March 25
9 p.m.; Free and Open to 21+
Songs from the Vanished Frontier, the second album from New York’s Yellowbirds, includes love songs and breakup songs, happy numbers and sad numbers, tunes about not believing in the truth and, alternately, tunes about delivering it. There’s bracing rock ‘n’ roll and bubbling folk, drifting jangle and swiveling R&B. But the thread that unites these nine instantly affecting songs is their search to find the signal amid the noise-that is, to understand the world and its whirlwind and to deliver just a little bit of clarity every three or four minutes. “What have I believed in?” Sam Cohen sings toward the end of the title track, his voice a near-murmur that peeks out from beneath the ashes of a smoldering empire. “How will I deceive me now?”
That quest for answers and assurance suits Cohen’s backstory: After the 2009 end of his longtime vehicle for wild, radiant anthems and experiments, Apollo Sunshine, Cohen thought his musical career might be over. But a clutch of songs he wrote in his bedroom soon found currency with a few New York musicians, and they started developing and playing them under the name Yellowbirds. The band’s 2011 debut, The Color, received favorable reviews, with Pitchfork noting that the record espoused “an endearing raggedness … as though Cohen invited you into his living room.”
Vanished Frontier hinges on the same intimacy, but you’d never mistake it for a living room project. Indeed, for the first time, Cohen and his now full-time band (drummer Brian Kantor, singer/bassist Annie Nero, her husband and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman) had their own studio in which to build the new songs and sounds.
The songs glow with spectral harmonies and interwoven textures, decorative percussion and brilliant guitar playing; but, these are songs that could stand on their own, stripped of all that. In the end, the noise supports the signal. Listen to album track “Young Men of Promise,” premiered today on Pitchfork. Songs from the Vanish Frontier is out May 28th via Royal Potato Family. Catch Yellowbirds live at Mercury Lounge on Friday, March 15th and in August at Pickathon near Portland Oregon. More dates to follow.
SONGS FROM THE VANISHED FRONTIER TRACKLISTING:
1. Stop Tonight
2. Mean Maybe
3. Love Stories
4. Young Men of Promise
5. The Ceiling
6. The Vanished Frontier
8. For Girls Who Love To Sing
9. What’s Out There
PRAISE FOR THE COLOR
“It’s a good album that manages to construct a unique world in just a half hour, and I get the sense that making it was a learning experience for Cohen. It will be interesting to see what he does with the lessons in the future.” – Pitchfork
“His “solo” debut finds the Brooklynite and a loose collection of his musician friends charting a daring path… Yellowbirds has claimed its own patch of the sonic landscape.” – Relix
“a richly textured affair, glistening with graceful, spooky, and existential songs about vanishing time, the shifting tones of nature, and “tumbleweeds [that] trip through the sky … the warm shudder, dusty sprawl, and collective sweep of the music feels like a soundtrack to an imaginary film about an invitingly strange world reimagined with gravity-defying, Escher-like dimensions.” – Boston Globe
“I’m loving their latest album, called The Color.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music
Secondhand Rapture Out May 14th On Columbia Records
New York’s MS MR share a brand new remix from their track “Fantasy” by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party. You can hear the dark dance track HERE.
Last weekend, the band saw their song “Bones” set to the Games of Thrones season 3 trailer, which can be seen HERE.
Earlier this month, MS MR revealed their first official music video for their new track “Fantasy” The band explained: “Shot on location in Jamaica, Queens with our dear friend and talented director Austin Peters, the video for “Fantasy” stays true to the main themes and questions behind the track: things we imagine or think we understand are not as they appear. This video presents a world filled with fantasies gone wrong where the mundane, the surreal and the supernatural are all intertwined and what is real becomes a matter of perspective.”
The song is off of the band’s debut album Secondhand Rapture out May 14th in the U.S. on Columbia Records.
MS MR continues to enthrall fans around the world with their compelling blend of pop. With “Fantasy” quickly rising to #2 on the Hype Machine ‘Popular’ charts. MS MR is the moniker for Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow. The duo’s debut Secondhand Rapture is comprised of 12 tracks and was produced by Hershenow, with additional production and mix by Tom Elmhirst. The duo recently played a handful of new songs during their sold-out stints at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and headline debut at the Echo in Los Angeles. You can catch the band performing at this year’s SXSW.
MS MR live:
Wed 3/13: C3 – Lamberts, 401 W. 2nd Street. @ 3:30pm
Thu 3/14: Hype Machine – Hype Hotel, 301 Brazos/3rd Street. @ 12am
Fri 3/15: Filter/Columbia – Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W 4th Street @ 2:30pm
Sat 5/11: Columbia, MD @ Sweetlife Festival
Sat: 5/25: Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
Fri 6/7: New York, NY @ Governors Ball
Biffy Clyro won the prestigious “Best British Band” award at last night’s NME Awards. This is the third NME award for the Glasgow trio; they won “Best Music Video” in 2010 and “Best Live Band” in 2011.
2013 has gotten off to a great start for Biffy Clyro. Their new album, the Garth Richardson-produced Opposites, debuted at #1 in the UK with over 70k sold, and they have been confirmed to headline the Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.
Opposites, which Kerrang! called “a vastly original, exquisitely-produced, fully-realised and creatively outstanding piece of work,” will be released in the US on March 12, 2013. Biffy are performing at Coachella this year and have confirmed a slot opening for Muse on their US tour, which includes two nights at Madison Square Garden. First single, “Black Chandelier” is climbing the charts at Alternative Radio now.
For those in the US still not familiar with Biffy, Stereogum recently summed up their sound: “guitars as loud and mechanically precise as a Decepticon fighter jet; a pub chorus big enough to fill a stadium; and (front man Simon) Neil’s opium-addictive voice, front and center. Listen.”
“UP IN THE AIR” FIRST SINGLE FROM THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS NEW ALBUM ROCKETS INTO SPACE TOMORROW
First Copy Of Single Travels From Cape Canaveral To International Space Station In SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule
“Up In The Air” Set For March 19 Release
Thirty Seconds To Mars new single “Up In The Air” will be launched into space tomorrow. The band members will be in Florida to watch the launch of the second SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying its Dragon cargo capsule is scheduled to lift off on Friday, March 1, at 10:10 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The capsule will be filled with more than 1,200 pounds of scientific experiments and cargo – and the first copy of “Up In The Air.” Fans can watch the launch at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html. Full details and updates on the mission are also available on NASA’s website at http://www.nasa.gov/station.
The band will visit Mission Control Houston for a Q&A with Tom Marshburn, one of the astronauts aboard the space station. The Q&A, scheduled for Monday, March 18, will be broadcast live online with details available shortly at www.thirtysecondstomars.com. “Up In The Air” will premiere worldwide that day and be commercially available at all digital retailers the following day, March 19.
“Up In The Air” is the first single from the band’s fourth studio record, which will be released later this year. The album follows This Is War, which contained the No. 1 Modern Rock radio hits “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens.” In the course of its two-year tour in support of This Is War, the band sold out arenas around the globe, playing over 311 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to an astounding three million people – and breaking the Guinness World Record® for most shows played during a single album cycle. This Is War was hailed as “an artistic triumph” (Alternative Press) and “a shimmering epic” (MTV.com). Entertainment Weekly observed: “[Lead singer] Leto doesn’t just shoot for the moon, he practically colonizes it.”
Thirty Seconds To Mars – comprising brothers Jared Leto and Shannon Leto as well as Tomo Milicevic – has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and the band’s videos have more than 300 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards, including a dozen MTV awards worldwide, a Billboard Music award and honors from NME, Kerrang! and Fuse. Artifact, a documentary about the making of This Is War, won the People’s Choice documentary award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards. The film will be screened at SXSW on Wednesday, March 13.
Six Week Tour Includes Headlining Dates at Three Major Festivals Plus Residencies at Intimate Venues in New York City and Los Angeles
Concerts Are Scheduled As The Heartbreakers Break From Recording Their Latest LP To Be Released in 2014
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will play shows throughout North America this summer, including headline appearances at major festivals, arenas and amphitheaters, plus multi-show residencies at the intimate Beacon Theatre in New York City and The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
Festival stops include headline appearances at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, The Hangout Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival.
The very special New York and Los Angeles residencies are composed of five concerts at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre and six concerts in the cozy confines of Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre.
Over the years Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have enjoyed returning to the intimacy of small venues such as their historic twenty show run in 1997 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, their five night stand at Chicago’s Vic Theatre in 2003 and, more recently, two nights in 2011 at the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall at Cal State Northridge to benefit LA local public radio station KCSN.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 2013 Summer Tour comes as the band takes a break from the studio where they are recording their highly anticipated follow up to 2010’s Mojo. The as-yet-untitled new record will be released on Reprise Records in 2014.
Members of The Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Highway Companions Club will have special opportunities to purchase tickets to concerts on the upcoming tour. Club members will have access to exclusive ticket lotteries for the New York and Los Angeles shows and exclusive presales for the shows in other cities.
Premium Ticket Packages, which include premium seating and exclusive band merchandise, will also be available for all upcoming Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers concerts. For more information about Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Premium Ticket Packages please visit TomPetty.com.
LA rock quartet Dawes are excited to announce their upcoming tour supporting the legendary Bob Dylan. Beginning immediately after the band’s recently announced two-week tour of independent record stores across the U.S., the Bob Dylan support tour will begin on Friday, April 5 at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY. Dawes will be traveling the country performing songs off their forthcoming full-length album, the Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones)-produced, Stories Don’t End.
Being released on April 9, Stories Don’t End is Dawes’ first release on their own label, HUB Records. The album’s first single, “From A Window Seat,” recently premiered on RollingStone.com and will also be performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, May 16. Check out in-studio footage from the recording of the album along with an interview with the band via Paste Magazine online HERE.
Photo: Noah Abrams
While the city of Los Angeles has been both an inspiration and a home to the four members of Dawes – Taylor Goldsmith (lead vocals, guitar), Wylie Gelber (bass), Tay Strathairn (keyboard), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals) – they found themselves traveling East last fall to record their third album in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The tracks they laid down at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studio have yielded a 12-song disc of tremendous sonic and narrative clarity, book-ended in classic album fashion by two very different versions of the wistful “Just Beneath The Surface” – a misleading title, really, since the songs stacked in between dig so deep. Stories Don’t End is not so much a departure from the quartet’s previous efforts as a distillation of them. It spotlights the group’s maturing skills as arrangers, performers and interpreters who shape the raw material supplied by chief songwriter and lead vocalist Taylor Goldsmith into an artfully concise and increasingly soulful sound.
Dawes will be making the following appearances during March and April, which will include SXSW, their independent record store tour, and supporting Bob Dylan. Tour dates below.
11 – Austin, TX – The Parish – Rocket Fuel Party
12 – Austin, TX – Cedar Street Courtyard – DYN Music Meets Tech Party
13 – Austin, TX – The Stage on Sixth – Paste Magazine Party
13 – Austin, TX – Billy Reid Party
13 – Austin, TX – Moody Theatre
14 – Austin, TX – Antone’s – Pandora Discovery Den
Ólafur Arnalds Debuts New Video for ‘Old Skin’ with Paste
For Now I Am Winter Out on April 2 With Mercury Classics
“the same patient minimalism…almost regal… The best cuts find Arnalds unafraid to blend genres
and mix in the electronic flourishes.”- Pitchfork
Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds has debuted his first ever live action video for the song ‘Old Skin’ with PASTE, directed by Magnús Leifsson. The track features vocals from Icelandic singer Arnór Dan and is taken from Arnalds’ forthcoming studio album, For Now I Am Winter, due out on April 2nd with Mercury Classics. Composer Nico Muhly provided orchestral arrangements, and Arnalds introduces vocals to his songs for the first time through Arnór Dan. A 4-song sampler of the album, called The Winter EP, is available digitally this week on iTunes to tide fans over until the album release. After a lauded set at this year’s Iceland Airwaves, including an intimate KEXP live broadcast performance, Ólafur will return to the US with laptop and string section in tow for several live performances at this year’s SXSW [Dates Below].
Arnalds continues to steadily build a reputation as one of the world’s most bright and able young composers. Purveying a neo-classical style with an array of influences which range from electronica to minimalism, Arnalds is an artist who draws from a variety of sources whilst maintaining his own unique sound. Since the release of his 2007 debut, Eulogy for Evolution, the 26-year-old, has put his name to a variety of projects. Since 2009 he has scored films and TV shows including Another Happy Day, ITV’s upcoming drama Broadchurch and the Vanessa Hudgens-starring feature film Gimme Shelter, as well as having tracks featured on the soundtracks to Hollywood hits The Hunger Games and Looper. He’s also released two EPs each composed in a week; Found Songs in 2009 and Living Room Songs in 2011. Both of these collections featured works written and recorded in a day, the former innovatively released through Twitter and the latter released to his fans with accompanying videos through his social media channels and website.
For Now I Am Winter Tracklisting
1. Sudden Throw
3. For Now I Am Winter
4. A Stutter
5. Words of Amber
7. Hands, be Still
8. Only The Winds
9. Old Skin
10. We (Too) Shall Rest
11. This Place Was A Shelter
12. Carry Me Anew
Ólafur Arnalds at SXSW
Wed. 3/13 – Official Universal Music/Decca Label Group Showcase @ Yellow Lounge – 10pm
Thur. 3/14 – FILTER x Iceland Airwaves Day Party – 12:20pm
Thur. 3/14 – Equinox Mish Mash Party – 3pm
Thur. 3/14 – KEXP – 5:30pm
Fri. 3/15 – SONOS Performance House – 6pm
Music For Cars, the third in a series of EPs from Manchester natives
The 1975 is currently premiering in full at RollingStone.Com a week prior to it’s official release via Vagrant Records in the U.S. The EP’s single “Chocolate” recently peaked at Number One on the Hype Machine charts – with an accompanying music video that premiered via Fader.
The 1975 are currently at work completing their much anticipated debut full-length album, co-produced by Mike Crossey (Artic Monkeys, Foals, The Kooks), which will be released in early summer. The band recently announced their first ever live dates in the United States. The headlining run will kick off in Chicago, IL on March 20th at Subterranean and wind down on March 31st at the 96X Spring Fling in Norfolk, VA.
The 1975 – comprised of Matthew Healy (vocals), Adam Hann (guitar), Ross MacDonald (bass), and George Daniel (drums) — have already taken the UK by storm – a result of their amorphous drifts between brooding art rock, crisp electronica, dancefloor R&B, and 80s gloss pop – channeling a diverse range of influences including Joy Division, Alt-J, Peter Gabriel, Phoenix, and more.
See below for all announced live dates and stay tuned for additional dates to be announced including appearances at Austin’s SXSW festival.
The 1975 — Live Dates
March 20, 2013 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
March 22, 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – 6119
March 23, 2013 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
March 25, 2013 – Albany, NY – WEXQ-Miller Light Concert
March 26, 2013 – Boston, MA – Radio BDC
March 27, 2013 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
March 28, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
March 30, 2013 – Washington, DC – DC9
March 31, 2013 – Norfolk, VA – Jewish Mother 96X Spring Fling