Crystal Castles Premiere New Video For ‘Affection’, Announce More Tour Dates

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WATCH ‘AFFECTION’ HERE

Today Crystal Castles revealed their official video for their new single ‘Affection’,

The video for the single is an abstract tour documentary filmed after shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Apr 4 2013) and Bogotá, Colombia (Apr 7 2013). Alice was filmed by Ethan, Crystal Castles filmed by Chris Chartrand (the bands live drummer), and Ashley McMinn was filmed by Marc Pannozzo (long time Crystal Castles video collaborator). The footage was then stitched together in London by Stephen Agnew (Editor & Video Glitch Artist), creating the perfect visuals to accompany the gorgeously melodic and haunting single.

‘Affection’ is set for it’s official release on May 28 in the U.S and will feature bonus material, soon to be announced.

Crystal Castles are currently on the road for their headlining tour accross North America and will be winding up at The Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza Festivals this summer. More dates for the Depeche Mode tour this fall have been added (see below).

Their current album titled (III) is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and in all good record stores across the U.S. (Casablanca/Fiction/Republic).

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
04/26 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
04/27 – Fox Theater – San Francisco, CA
04/29 – Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/30 – Moore Theater – Seattle, WA
05/02 – Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
05/03 – Liberty Hall –Lawrence, KS
05/05 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
05/06 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
05/07 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
05/09 – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
05/10 – NorVa – Norfolk, VA
05/11 – Ram’s Head – Baltimore, MD
05/13 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
06/07 – Governors Ball Music Festival – New York, NY
08/02,3,4 – Lollapallooza Festival – Chicago, IL
09/18 – CWM Pavilion – Houston, TX*?
09/20 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX*?
09/22 – Sleep Train Amphitheater – San Diego, CA*
09/24 – Santa Barbara County Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA*
09/26 – Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA*
09/28 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA*?
09/29 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA*?
10/02 – Staples/Honda – Los Angeles, CA*?
10/08 – Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ*
* with Depeche Mode

The Uncluded Announce Tour Dates

The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson) are excited to unveil the details of their upcoming US tour which will begin on May 28 in Washington DC and will find the duo taking their whimsical tunes from coast to coast. The tour includes dates in Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music on June 8 as well as stops along the West Coast in Los Angeles at the First Unitarian Church on July 25. For all dates, the band will be supported by Hamell On Trial. For the full itinerary, please see below.

The Uncluded are touring in support of their upcoming debut album Hokey Fright, out on May 7th on Rhymesayers.

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”.

Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University’s Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.

Upcoming Tour Dates

5/28 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

5/29 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

5/30 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

6/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

6/02 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

6/03 Toronto, ON @ The Blk Box

6/05 Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes

6/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol

6/07 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center @ Ohio State

6/08 Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music

6/21 Dallas, TX @ The Texas Theatre

6/22 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs

6/23 Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian

6/25 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

6/26 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar

6/29 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

6/30 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center

7/01 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

7/03 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

7/05 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre

7/06 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep

7/23 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic

7/25 Los Angeles, CA @ First Unitarian Church

7/26 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

7/29 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

7/30 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s

7/31 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club

8/02 Missoula, MT @ The Palace

8/03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

KASTLE’s Debut Album Out + Kastle May Live Tour Dates

KASTLE’s Debut Album Kastle Out Today, 4/23, on Symbols Recordings + May Live Tour Dates

Listen to ‘Kastle: Potato Mix Series – Episode 4’ on Potato Will Eat You

Kastle’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album Kastle drops today, April 23, on his label Symbols Recordings. The album features Kastle’s dynamic signature sound: a forward-thinking fusion of garage, house and bass music with R&B-style melodies from Ayah Marar, JMSN and many more. Listen to three album tracks — “Things We Can Do” ft. Reva DeVito, “Red Light” ft. Ayah Marar and “Make You Stay” ft. JMSN — on his mix for Skrillex, Diplo and A-Trak’s electronic music network Potato Will Eat You here.

Featuring 15 tracks, Kastle provides soulful, bass-infused music full of ethereal atmospherics, catchy vocal melodies, garage and house-inspired rhythms, and what has become the voice of Kastle: keyboard solo, which he will take on his first ever live tour of North America this May (see dates below). With Earmilk describing “Make You Stay” ft JMSN as “smooth as silk” and “Red Light” ft. Ayah Marar seeing play on KCRW, Rinse.fm and BBC Radio 1, Kastle is set to continue elevating his unique take on electronic music to otherwordly heights.

Kastle, who recently made his Coachella debut, is the tastemaking label boss behind Symbols Recordings. Last year, his track “Stay Forever” from the eponymous EP reached the iTunes Top 10 Best Electronic Songs of 2012, and he embarked on his highly successful ‘Stay Forever’ tour across North America, and into Australia and New Zealand. Kastle has garnished strong media attention from the likes of XLR8R, Resident Advisor, URB, MTV Hive, Fact Magazine and more.

Kastle’s debut album KASTLE drops today, April 23, followed by his first North America live tour. Buy KASTLE on iTunes.

KASTLE Tracklist

01. Stay Close ft. Austin Paul
02. Been A While
03. Without You ft. Austin Paul
04. Insatiable ft. Ayah Marar
05. Into The Night
06. Timeless ft. Armanni Reign & Domonique
07. Death From Above ft. JMSN
08. Red Light ft. Ayah Marar
09. Circles
10. Shouldn’t Say ft.. Austin Paul
11. Things We Can Do ft.. Reva DeVito
12. Must Be Crazy ft. Atlas
13. Respiration ft. Xavier
14. Make You Stay ft. JMSN
15. One Last Time ft. Starkey

KASTLE LIVE Upcoming Dates

May 2 Miami, FL @ Bardot
May 3 New York, NY @ 285 Kent
May 3 New Haven, CT @ After life (DJ set)
May 5 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
May 15 Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
May 16 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 17 Seattle, WA @ 1927 Events
May 18 Calgary, AB @ Hi-Fi Club
May 19 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound
May 22 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
May 24 Nelson, BC @ Spirit Bar
May 25 Edmonton AB @ Starlight Ballroom
May 28 Orange County, CA @ Focus (DJ set)
May 29 Los Angeles, CA @ Low End Theory
May 30 Mexico City, Mexico @ Club Rhodesia (DJ Set)

Chromeo to launch collection with Frank & Oak

DAVE 1 OF CHROMEO TO LAUNCH COLLECTION WITH FRANK & OAK

MENSWEAR BRAND AND E-TAILER FRANK AND OAK HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW COLLABORATION WITH DAVE 1 OF PROMINENT ELECTRO-FUNK DUO CHROMEO. TOGETHER, THEY’LL RELEASE A CAPSULE COLLECTION OF ELEGANT ESSENTIALS MAY 21.

“I had never designed a capsule collection before, and when Frank & Oak approached me, there were three reasons why I couldn’t refuse,” David Macklovitch (aka Dave 1) explained. “First, they’re a brand from my hometown of Montreal. Second, their background is traditional men’s tailoring. And lastly, they’re accessible and democratic.

“The inspiration here was the disheveled elegance of the South of France: the Stones recording Exile at Nellcôte, manly gents who aren’t afraid to pose next to a bouquet of flowers, the morning after a wedding…” Macklovitch said. “I like to think of it as a complete wardrobe: essential pieces that can all be effortlessly combined.”

The 18-piece collection-imbued with midnight blues, whites, and olives-blends Dave 1’s raw rock & roll aesthetic with Frank & Oak’s classic and minimal approach to design. The faded, low-cut tees ($30), minimal button-ups ($65), crisp white jeans ($75), and bold summer blazers (starting at $155), are all impeccably tailored with extra-skinny silhouettes (echoing Dave 1’s personal style).

“After meeting Dave and looking at his music and his personal aesthetic, I knew he shared Frank & Oak’s values and modern design philosophy,” said Frank & Oak co-founder and creative director Ethan Song. “This collaboration has worked so well because we’re aligned creatively, but we also both have something unique to bring to the table.”

To celebrate the collaboration, Frank & Oak will host an official launch party on May 15 in New York City. From April 29 – May 10, fans can enter to win a trip to meet Dave 1 at the NYC event at www.frankandoak.com/dave1/nyc.

The Frank & Oak x Dave 1 collection launches May 21, available exclusively through frankandoak.com

Mad Decent Block Party 2013 expands to 13 cities

EARLY BIRD TICKETS TO ALL BLOCK PARTIES AVAILABLE NOW

MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY 2013 PREVIEW

The always expanding and incredibly successful expedition that is the MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY will continue its ascent to outdoor festival extravaganza across North America this summer. Starting July 19th in Calgary and ending September 15th in San Diego, 2013’s Mad Decent Block Party will be setting off on its largest festival undertaking to date, bringing a full day of musical performances and tons of fun on-site activities to 13 different cities. In an effort to bring the most exciting talent to 13 stages across the continent while ensuring entry, the Mad Decent Block Party will now be a ticketed event – a limited number of discounted early bird tickets are available starting today for $20, which also come with a FREE 30 day premium Mad Decent membership to their subscription service at https://drip.fm/mad-decent/. A statement from Mad Decent below:

“The Block Parties have grown exponentially in the last few years, both in the number of cities we are visiting and in the number of people who would like to attend. Due to the continual need to expand venues and book bigger artists, the best solution for all involved was to make the Block Parties ticketed events. This will not only help ensure a smooth, guaranteed entry for all ticket holders, but also allow us to bring you the best and brightest talent within the Mad Decent universe at the biggest and coolest locations! We look forward to seeing you all this summer!”

Mad Decent Block Party 2013 is partnered with PUMA, Serato, Red Bull Music Academy and The FADER.

MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY 2013 DATES

7/19 Calgary – venue TBA

7/20 Las Vegas – Encore Pool – 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. S

7/26 Toronto – Fort York – 100 Garrison Rd.

7/27 Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – 601 N Columbus Blvd.

8/2 Baltimore/Washington DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion – 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

8/3 Ft. Lauderdale – Revolution Outdoors – 200 W. Broward Blvd.

8/9 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park – 695 North Avenue NE

8/10 Brooklyn, NY – Willamsburg Waterfront – 110 Kent Ave.

8/31 Dallas, TX – Club Zouk Outdoors – 703 McKinney Ave.

9/6 Detroit, MI – Elektrik City Outdoors – 2040 Park Ave.

9/7 New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Music Amphitheater – 11860 FM 306

9/14 Los Angeles, CA – venue TBA

9/15 San Diego, CA – Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd.

Swollen Members Release Video For Death Warrant & Announce European Tour With Peter Jackson

As Vancouver based Swollen Members continue to tour in support of their new album, “Beautiful Death Machine”, which debuted at number three on the Canadian Billboard Charts. The group have announced the dates for their upcoming European tour with Peter Jackson throughout May. Swollen Members have also launched a brand new video for the track “Death Warrant” online

Swollen Members “Death Warrant” Official Music Video

To create their latest opus, “Beautiful Death Machine”, Swollen Members regrouped with a revitalized energy and a vision to record an album that strengthens the group’s musical legacy. Armed with their signature brand of dark, sinister, spellbinding hip-hop, Swollen Members emerged with an album that is aggressive, confident and commands listeners attention with its in-your-face attitude.

Madchild from Swollen Members take part in this summer’s Vans Warped Tour along with Goldfinger, Forever the Sickest Kids, Big Chocolate, The Black Dahlia Murder, Mac Lethal, and MC Lars.

SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES:

Apr 18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

Apr 19 – Port Alberni, BC – Argyle Showroom

Apr 20 – Whistler, Canada – World Ski Snowboard Festival

Apr 25 – Langley, BC – Jimmy Liks

Apr 26 – Victoria, BC – Club9one9 Nightclub

May 03 – Frankfurt am Main, Germany – Batschkapp

May 04 – Zurich, Switzerland – Stall6

May 06 – Munich, Germany – Backstage

May 07 – Linz, Austria – Stadtwerkstatt

May 09 – Basel, Switzerland – Sommercasino

May 10 – Lyss, Switzerland – Kulturfabrik

May 11 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – Olma Areal

May 14 – Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert

May 15 – Bodo, Norway – Sinus

May 16 – Trondheim, Norway – Familien

May 17 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Club MIXTAPE 5

May 18 – Krauchenwies, Germany – No Stress Festival

May 19 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – StahlgieBerei

May 08 – Vienna, Austria – B72

Jasiri X – Raise Your Flag video

Jasiri X – Raise Your Flag video

Pittsburgh MC and Activist Jasiri X releases his new video for his single “Raise Your Flag” off his debut album “Ascension” which hit stores March 26th. The album features Brother Ali, Rhymefest and is produced by Rel!g!on.

Porter Robinson to release Easy single with Mat Zo on May 7th

PORTER ROBINSON TO RELEASE “EASY” SINGLE WITH MAT ZO ON MAY 7

After producing one of last year’s biggest dance hits “Language” , which sold more than 250,000 copies, Porter Robinson has teamed up with UK producer Mat Zo to officially release their single “Easy”. The house anthem with feel-good soulfulness will be released in North America via Astralwerks on May 7th. The track – which hit #1 on Beatport and Hype Machine, and premiered to great acclaim on Radio 1 by Pete Tong – will feature a range of new remixes including Belgian producer Modek, indie darlings Lamaitre, and drum n’ bass legend Andy C.

“Easy” began as a demo for Mat Zo’s album until Porter fell in love with it while the two were touring together. Porter had brought Mat on the road with him for last year’s “Language Tour”, where the solo effort turned into a collaboration and together, Porter and Mat created one of the most incendiary crossover dance records of the year.

“a well-produced, feel good, and universally catchy track.” Dancing Astronaut

“…beautifully brings together the styles of both producers. ‘Easy’ supplies a sound that is both melodic and energetic, bringing shiny piano progressions that combine with powerful synth behind a pounding beat to create an uplifting track that is sure to put hands in the sky at the biggest of EDM events.” – Elektro

“Easy” Remix E.P. Tracklisting:

1. Radio Edit

2. Andy C Remix

3. Modek Bright As Day Remix

4. Botnek Remix

5. Lemaitre Remix

6. Extended Remix

Pigeon Hole – June audio

Pigeon Hole are two Vancouver Island based producer/mc’s with a constant evolving sound and ability to crank out next level music. Their output as members of Sweatshop Union is evidence of leaps in style, delivery and approach from album to album. ‘Chimp Blood’ the group’s second record out now on Urbnet, delivers a sound so powerful it’s impossible to ignore.

In 2010, Pigeon Hole released their critically acclaimed debut LP, ‘Age Like Astronauts’. Using the MPC 2000, they pieced together a mix of samples, analogue synths, live instruments, and sharp lyricism – their debut outing spoke to listeners from the opening note to its final fade out. The audio translated to the stage, sending Pigeon Hole on a ruthless touring schedule, annihilating audiences across North America. Along with Sweatshop Union their energetic live show invaded the festival circuit, notably Shambhala, Rifflandia, as well as the world-renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

Trading in their original blueprint for a heavier bass-driven electronic sound, Pigeon Hole attack with all new artillery. ‘Chimp Blood’ thrashes over a foundation of grimey synths, sampled and chopped over machine gun drum programming, 808s, and massive bass. An epic hybrid of music, ‘Chimp Blood’ will make you feel like you can levitate.