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Sharon Van Etten Peels Away The Layers For “New Stage” Series At The Chapel

Sharon Van Etten Peels Away The Layers For “New Stage”...

30 July 2014

San Francisco - Hearing a favorite artist or band perform a stripped-down or acoustic set is a rare thrill.  When it does happen, it...

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly and Daniel Armbruster

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly...

27 July 2014

Chicago – Ready to update your summer playlist? Start with one of the hottest tracks from Joywave: “Tongues.” This New York indie electronic-pop band...

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And...

25 July 2014

New York - On Real Friends' new album, their first full length, the intro/opening track “Maybe This Place Is The Same…” sets the tone....

Features

The Last Internationale Plays Lollapalooza - Debuts On Letterman

The Last Internationale Plays Lollapalooza - Debuts On Letterman

30 July 2014

Los Angeles - Fresh off a European tour that included shows with Kings of Leon and Neil Young and performances at numerous festivals, including British Summer Time in Hyde Park, The Last Internationale will perform at U.S. festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago (August 2), the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento,...

Acclaimed Seattle Artist Fences Unveils “Arrows” Featuring Macklemore And Produced By Ryan Lewis

Acclaimed Seattle Artist Fences Unveils “Arrows” Featuring Macklemore And Produced By Ryan Lewis

28 July 2014

New York - Elektra Records has announced the label debut from acclaimed singer/songwriter Fences. “LESSER OCEANS” – which includes the new single, “Arrows” featuring Macklemore and produced by Ryan Lewis – arrives everywhere on October 14th.  “LESSER OCEANS” is available for pre-sale beginning today (see below), with all...

Bleachers' Debut Single "I Wanna Get Better" Hits #1 at Alt Radio + Tour Dates

Bleachers' Debut Single "I Wanna Get Better" Hits #1 at Alt Radio + Tour Dates

27 July 2014

New York -  Bleachers' debut hit single "I Wanna Get Better" hits #1* at Alt radio after only 20 weeks on the chart and is the #3 Greatest Gainer. Since its launch in February "I Wanna Get Better" has sold over 200 thousand singles and streamed over 4 million times;...

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly and Daniel Armbruster

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly and Daniel Armbruster

27 July 2014

Chicago – Ready to update your summer playlist? Start with one of the hottest tracks from Joywave: “Tongues.” This New York indie electronic-pop band melds punk, funk, house, and hip-hop on the irresistible How Do You Feel? EP.  Back in 2011, the band sprung onto the scene...

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing

25 July 2014

New York - On Real Friends' new album, their first full length, the intro/opening track “Maybe This Place Is The Same…” sets the tone. Primarily instrumental, with only a line or two of vocals, it introduces the themes of change and interpersonal relationships. The album isn’t simply...

Album Review: When I Was Younger by Colony House

Album Review: When I Was Younger by Colony House

24 July 2014

New York - After Franklin, Tennessee's CALEB reinvented, renamed and re-imagined themselves to create Colony House, band members Caleb Chapman (vocals), Scott Mills (guitar) and Will Franklin Chapman (drums) released their debut, When I Was Younger, off of Descendant Records. A lengthy fourteen tracks long, the album...

Rey Pila Announce Interpol Tour And Austin City Limits Festival

Rey Pila Announce Interpol Tour And Austin City Limits Festival

24 July 2014

Los Angeles - Rey Pila has announced they will be supporting Interpol on their upcoming tour, starting September 15 in Vancouver, BC and have been added to this year's incredible Austin City Limits Festival line up. The Mexico City quartet released a new track, "Blast", earlier this month, in conjunction...

Tame Impala Release "Live Versions", A 9 Track Live EP

Tame Impala Release "Live Versions", A 9 Track Live EP

23 July 2014

Los Angeles - Tame Impala has released Live Versions, an album of songs selected from a 2013 Chicago Tame Impala concert on Interscope Records. Chief songwriter Kevin Parker chose the 9 tracks for the record based on how different the live versions are from the album versions....

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The second day of Bumbershoot had some pretty big names. It was “Barsuk Records Day” (celebrating the label’s 15th birthday) so we were treated to The Joy Formidable, David Bazan and Death Cab for Cutie playing Transatlanticism straight through. Oh, and the Zombies and the Breeders also played so it was definitely a big day for big names. Had you...
The word “Bumbershoot” is apparently defined as a combination of umbrella and parachute and in the early 1970s it was used to describe a Seattle festival that celebrated northwest arts – performing arts, visual arts, musical arts. Today the same holds true as the 2013 Bumbershoot, in its 43rd year, is already covering a vast array of music. Just ...

Album Preview: Star Anna - Go to Hell

Published in Previews
Friday, 30 August 2013 08:49
Star Anna is at it again. September 24th will mark the release of her fourth studio album, Go to Hell. Yes, the album’s title might seem a bit abrasive but it’s only because it is a bit abrasive and appropriately so. It’s reflective of the mood, process and events that surrounded the record’s production.  Anna admits that “There were a lot of bat...
Well, we managed to find enough time to get well rested and ready for the second round of Capitol Hill Block Party after a wholly entertaining kick-off day; the day two party rivaled the first and gave us a wide range of musical tastes from local punk act Naomi Punk to the stardom of Canadian dream-pop duo, Purity Ring (above). Olympia/Seattle’s...

Sub Pop Records Throws the Best Birthday Party

Published in Live Reviews
Monday, 15 July 2013 16:12
Dearest Sup Pop Records: Happy 25th Birthday. You throw one hell of a party. On July 13, Sub Pop hosted its own Silver Jubilee in the Georgetown neighborhood.  It was an all day party with food, drink and, of course, tons and tons of live music. It was a time for us to celebrate some of the original Sub Pop titans including Mudhoney who also in c...
Surf rock is perhaps one of the most imagery-generating music forms. The country guitar solos that accompany the beach riffs have the ability to inspire simultaneous pictures of driving through a bleak desert in the hot sun and under the hot sun by the water. In the aftermath of a sunny city day, then, a night of surf rock at Neumos sounded just ...