Scranton, Pennsylvania emo rockers TIGERS JAW kind of disbanded after their 2014 album Charmer. Members Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins kept making music and now have announced details of their new LP spin, which will be released May 19th on Black Cement Records. Check out the video for the first single, "Guardian" below. It's a fun look inside recording studio life and the track has a catchy melodic guitar hook. spin was recorded with producer and longtime collaborator Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA. It's the inaugural release from Black Cement Records.
Says the press release "Comprised of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, TIGERS JAW has gripped listeners and press across the globe with their candid compositions and alluring harmonies. spin (stylized all lowercase) sees Walsh and Collins trading off lead vocals which glow with sincerity on this collection of incredibly understated indie--pop classics. Tracks such as “Guardian,” “June,” and “Escape Plan” shine on spin, which follows TIGERS JAW’s 2014 critically adored LP, Charmer." The new TIGERS JAW will be on tour beginning in the spring. Dates are below.
spin USA TOUR 2017
5/19 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - ROCK & ROLL HOTEL
5/22 - RICHMOND, VA - THE BROADBERRY
5/23 - CARRBORO, NC - CAT’S CRADLE
5/24 - ATLANTA, GA - THE MASQUERADE
5/25 - JACKSONVILLE, FL - 1904 MUSIC HALL
5/26 - TAMPA, FL - THE CROWBAR
5/27 - LAKE PARK, FL - KELSEY THEATRE
5/29 - HOUSTON, TX - WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL
5/30 - AUSTIN, TX - THE MOHAWK
5/31 - DALLAS, TX - GAS MONKEY BAR & GRILL
6/2 - MESA, AZ - THE NILE
6/3 - POMONA, CA - THE GLASS HOUSE
6/4 - LOS ANGELES, CA - THE REGENT
6/6 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SLIM’S
6/7 - SACRAMENTO, CA - GOLDFIELD TRADING POST
6/9 - PORTLAND, OR - HAWTHORNE THEATRE
6/10 - SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON
6/12 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT - THE COMPLEX
6/13 - DENVER, CO - MARQUIS THEATRE
6/15 - CHICAGO, IL - METRO
6/16 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - CABOOZE
6/17 - DETROIT, MI - EL CLUB
6/18 - TORONTO, ON - VELVET UNDERGROUND
6/20 - CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH - GROG SHOP
6/21 - PITTSBURGH, PA - REX THEATER
6/22 - NEW YORK, NY - WEBSTER HALL
6/23 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - UNION TRANSFER
6/24 - BOSTON, MA - ROYALE
Kelly Lee Owens
Watch: “Anxi” Video
Mar 20, 2017
Up and coming London producer/vocalist Kelly Lee Owens' debut album is out this Friday, March 24th via Smalltown Supersound. She shared her first music video for “Anxi” featuring Jenny Hval today. It was directed by visual artist Kim Hiorthøy and features some very cool animation.
Hval murmurs and swoons into into the minimalist, syncopated pulse-wave submerged in tension. Owens says of working with her cohort in disquieted plunging, “It has been my most freeing and open collaboration so far, and my first time working with a female..It was a very powerful experience for me, I felt she brought something strange and quite beautiful.”
The debut album follows the release of herOleic EP this past fall. Owens produced the album herself, taking inspiration from Daniel Avery, who’s 2013 densely motorized Drone Logic, features Owens’ vocals. In the press release the album is described as one, “that bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and Krautrock’s mechanical pulse” Together, Kelly Lee Owens and Jenny Hval tap something absorbing.
Watch: “Prequel” Video
Mar 14, 2017
The husband-wife and friends group from Portland, Oregon, Reptaliens, just signed to Captured Tracks and yesterday announced the release of their debut single, "Prequel/Olive Boy", out March 31st. Check out the dreamily domestic video for "Prequel" below. Right after another husband and wife musical team Tennis released a new album of free and easy pop, Bambi and Cole Browning follow in their own step, with the help of friends Julian Kowalski (guitar), Bryson Hansen (synth), and Tyler Vergian (drums).
Captured Tracks had this welcome for their new artists: "Named in reverence for their interests in cult mentality, transhumanism, and conspiracy theories, Reptaliens quickly evolved from a bedroom-recording project to a full-fledged band that explores fringe pop culture through analog synthesizers, electric guitars, melodic bass lines, and Bambi’s lulling vocals. Inspired by science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick and FM-2030 and music ranging from Paul McCartney and Wings to African artists Francis Bebey and Nahawa Doumbia, the band creates lo-fi chameleonic dreamscapes that fall sonically and visually somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism."
Watch: “Bet She Looks Like You” Live ATO Session Video
Mar 11, 2017
Fresh nightingale out of Brooklyn by way of D.C. Nick Hakim has breathed some life into the soul game, stepping in like the introduction of a sick new member of The X-Men. “Bet She Looks Like You” is the deeply echoing, vivacious and throwing first single from his upcoming debut album Green Twins and the live video was released today. The swing step of the live video version throws it up a few tics in tempo from the album recording. Shot in B&W, it looks like they found the perfect room for acoustics, shut the windows that framed passing subway cars in the background and filled it with a groove that moves with the mood of their good spirits.
Hakim is about to lift spirits at SXSW with a number of performances and then set out on a North American / Canadian tour. This should build plenty of anticipation for his debut full-length album Green Twins, out May 19th on ATO records.
As described in the press release, “Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.”
Nick Hakim SXSW Performances:
Mar 15 Noisetrade x CLIF Bar @ Blackheart Bar - 2:00 PM Mar 16 Urban Outfitters @ Space24 - 1:00 PM Mar 16 South By San Jose @ Hotel San Jose - 3:00 PM Mar 16 ATO Records @ Cedar Street Courtyard - 9:00 PM Mar 17 Laneway @ Mohawk - 12PM Mar 17 Austin Oasis @ Hole In The Wall - 1:50PM
Nick Hakim Tour Dates:
Mar 10 Blueberry Hill - St. Louis, MO Mar 11 Proud Larry’s - Oxford, MS Mar 13 Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, LA Mar 14 White Oak Music Hall Upstairs - Houston, TX Mar 19 Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ Mar 21 Voila! Gallery - Los Angeles, CA Mar 22 Brick & Mortar - San Francisco, CA Mar 24 Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR Mar 25 Alexander Gastown - Vancouver, BC Mar 26 Barboza - Seattle, WA Mar 29 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN Mar 30 The Back Room - Milwaukee, WI Mar 31 Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN Apr 01 Club Café - Pittsburgh, PA Apr 19 The Dome - London, UK (Sold Out) Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label - Paris, FR Apr 22 Studio 672 - Cologne, DE Apr 23 Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, NL Apr 25 Berghain Kantine - Berlin, DE May 11 The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD - Montréal, QC May 13 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA May 17 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
Mar 09, 2017
The momentum for Charlottesville, VA's Gold Connections has been building like his song structures. Led by songwriter, guitarist and lyricist Will Marsh and produced by fellow Virginian turned global rocker Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, the band has systematically rolled out its introduction through releases of songs from the self-titled debut EP out March 31st on Fat Possum.
"Isabel" is the third single, following the recently released “Faith in Anyone" and "New Religion". It’s further evidence that the songwriting of Marsh combined with the production of Toledo - who also plays drums, electric guitar, bass, and backing vocals throughout the EP - yields something substantial. Marsh calls out from the contained rage of guitar feedback and distortion. The press release characterizes it as “(building) from interlocking guitar patterns into an acid-drenched sonic storm rich in the tradition of the very best road-ready indie rock.”
Marsh says: "'Isabel' is not a song about a girl, but a blurred portrait of the circus we call love. It took two years to write because I kept on finding new bizarre angles...If Isabel is a girl then she's parading somewhere out of view." Take a listen:
Gold Connections also announced an expansion of its US tour. After appearances at SXSW, The band will embark on a short east coast run with Philadelphia's Suburban Living before joining Car Seat Headrest for a trio of summer dates in Virginia, Ohio and Vermont. A full itinerary is listed below.
Gold Connections Tour Dates:
3/09 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement * 3/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi * 3/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway * 3/17 - Austin, TX @ Rachael Ray's Feedback House, 6pm (1102 East Cesar Chavez St.) 3/18 - Austin, TX @ ROSQUATCH ~ A Hairy & Sweaty SXSW Day Party @ Swan Dive, 4PM (615 Red River St) 3/18 - Austin, TX @ NME Showcase, 11:20 PM (Barracuda - 611 E 7th St) 3/30 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (Record Release Party) # 3/31 - Charlottesville, VA @ Sidetracks Music (In-store) 4/06 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge % 4/04 - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Artful Dodger (Macrock) 4/09 - Washington, DC @ DC9 ^ 4/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's ^ 4/11 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^ 4/12 - Raleigh, NC @ Neptune's ^ 4/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery ^ 4/15 - Norfolk, VA @ Charlie's Cafe ^ 6/30 - Richmond, VA @ Brown's Island (Final Fridays) $ 8/01 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom $ 8/03 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom $
* = w/ The Districts # = w/ Angelica Garcia and The Winstons % = w/ Active Bird Community ^ = w/ Suburban Living $ = w/ Car Seat Headrest
Listen/Watch/Learn – “Oblivion” Lyric w Guitar Tabs Version
Mar 08, 2017
Alex Knight is a new artist releasing through Godmode and I Oh You as Brightness. The lead single “Oblivion” is a great entry point. Check out the lyric and guitar tabs version, along with the video here.
The Aussie turned out to be more of a country boy after all. After a stint in London, Knight returned to his home town a couple of hours outside Sydney and between cleaning windows and sailing large boats for their owners, Knight writes down home rocking tunes. You can get a sense of the place in the video for “Oblivion” directed by Mclean Stephenson.
Knight's way of finding balance is to record music, playing all the instruments himself on Teething, Brightness's forthcoming debut LP out later this spring. The album looks to be a statement of resilience after the songwriter lost his way a bit in London. As the label puts it: “Anybody who's brushed up with the grind of city life will find comfort and companionship in (the record) "
"Oblivion" is out now via I Oh You and Godmode. The ebullient fuzz of warmed-up gutiar pushes forward behind Knight’s tenuous vocals, giving it projection. In some ways it feels like a grittier version of early Death Cab for Cutie.
Knight describes it this way: ”It’s about witnessing somebody mentally unravel and being unable to help them. I’d sat with a different version of this song for a long time and was never really sold on it until I had the idea to replace the chorus with one from another song and move the instrumental breaks to the beginning and end. While I was recording it I often referred back to the production style of a track by Blake Mills called ‘Hey Lover’.”
– Charles Steinberg
Methyl Ethel: Stream New Album – Everything Is Forgotten
Mar 06, 2017
The upstarts from Perth, Australia, Methyl Ethel have mounted a steadily building buzz since their debut last year, Oh Inhuman Spectacle.Their anticipated second full-length, Everything is Forgotten, dropped Friday and has been getting rotation since. The trio has somehow seemed to strike a balance between Hall & Oats, George Michael and a spiral of glam rock and syth pop of their own that feels both pleasantly dated and fresh. Stream it below.
The Band's label 4AD had this to say about the new album: "Methyl Ethel’s second full-length, the record is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents. Written and recorded by Perth-based frontman Jake Webb, it was brought to life by acclaimed British producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). The pair’s collaboration has infused Methyl Ethel’s shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic and polyrhythmic flourishes, allowing Webb’s keening, gender-fluid vocals and searing poetry to take centre stage."
Pantha du Prince
Listen – “Islands In The Sky” Ambient Version
Mar 03, 2017
Last year, German producer Hendrik Weber, known by his electronic super hero alias as Pantha du Prince, returned to the scene with the highly textural and far reaching TheTriad, a collaboration with NYC’s Scott Mou and Norway’s Bendik Kjeldsberg of Bell Laboratory.
Today, Weber announced a limited edition, “totally reworked ambient re-envisioning” of the album. The hypnotic and escapist ambient version of “Islands In The Sky” was shared as well, along with the announcement on the Rough Trade site. Take it on a spin here:
Along with the ambient reinterpretation, there will be a digital EP of remixes of the album’s songs from a selection of other electronic auteurs including “deep-house royalty Solomun, Berlin acid house adventurer Recondite, eclectic minimalist Efdemin, Amsterdam-via-Nigeria house innovator Shinedoe, experimental polymath Alva Noto, and more.” This is quite the roster to go in on a signature Pantha album and the whole bundle seems too good to be true.
Weber describes the concept behind 'The Triad - Ambient Versions':
“The Triad Ambient Versions bring the listener into a free space, as music consists of strictly folded sonic spaces that can be structured for the dance, for body-movement: the heart beat synchronizes the movement. The ambient versions have no beats and the listener gets a more transparent musical picture, an image full of light-atmosphere non-defined and free, for the human spirit to unfold its own way of receiving space folded into time. The straight columns of rhythm were taken away for a light wind of silence and non-structured fluid movements."
To support both versions of The Triad, Pantha du Prince will make his long-awaited return to this US this May. His last US shows took place in 2014.
Wed, May 17 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
Thu, May 18 – The Ground - Miami, FL
Fri, May 19 – Together Festival at Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
Sat, May 20 - Flash Factory - New York, NY
Sun, May 21 – Marble Bar – Detroit, MI
Thu, May 25 - The Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA