Jul 26, 2017

Town Meeting

(New York) Having shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Third Eye Blind, Tancred,  Jill Andrews and The Avett Brothers, Town Meeting continues to carve out their place alongside the greats in their genre. Soon after the lineup was solidified, the band played shows with Sturgill Simpson, Willie Nelson, and Old Crow Medicine Show and dropped their debut, If I Die (2016).


The group was formed in 2014 by brothers Luke (vocals/guitar) and Russ Condon (vocal/cajon). Dean Adrien(vocals/lead guitar), formerly of Orphan, joined in April of 2013. With years of music experience under his belt alongside the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush and several others from the Boston Folk scene. Tim Cackett (guitar/bass/mandolin player) joined the band in October 2013. Tim had spent several years prior playing guitar in the various hardcore bands (Anchorlines, Hope Prevails) and his solo acoustic folk project, Poor Soul. Brendan “Babe” Condon (vocals/harmonica/percussion), the youngest brother, rounded out the group’s vocal harmonies in 2014. Over the past year, the five have been putting the finishing touches on the Geography series.


Town Meeting, and their upcoming EP, Geography: Part 1, due out this Friday, July 28, 2017.



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Jul 24, 2017

Andy Pratt

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(New York) Chicago singer-songwriter Andy Pratt has released his solo debut titled Horizon Disrupted. It was engineered by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago and incorporates elements of Americana, jazz, and folk with stylistic nods to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Bill Callahan.
“Andy Pratt (Not That One)”

-Steve Albini

This is what was scribbled with a sharpie pen onto a CD of mixes handed to Andy on July 16th, 2016. After receiving an email from Pratt in January of the same year, legendary recording engineer Steve Albini quickly realized that he was not dealing with the Boston rock icon of the ‘70s, but a new & different Andy Pratt.

Photo Credit: James Martin


As a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter & photographer, Pratt loves the fuzz, blur, grain, & beautiful imperfections of live music and art. With an affinity for analog recording, vintage instruments, film cameras, string quartets, & brooding melodies, his music lives within a modern impressionist world of his own creation.



Pratt sings with a dry vocal and a touch of vibrato unaltered by any synthetic effects. He saves most of the reverb for his guitar. He is a storyteller who sings to clearly evoke a mood, space or time. He brings his listeners into the world he’s created.

The winter of 2017 found Pratt preparing for the spring release of his debut record, Horizon Disrupted. After handing his band members a few solo demos that he recorded on a 4-track Tascam cassette recorder, he knew that he’d want the same tape/analog sound on the final product. Pratt naturally sought out Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago and asked him to track and mix the album. Horizon Disrupted is a collection of eight haunting songs written over the past five years. The topics dig deep into love, sex, relationships and an overall sense of longing for what could lie ahead. The album features a vocals/guitar, bass, & drums trio, augmented by a string quartet on six of the eight selections. With the music, lyrics, arrangements, and artwork for the album all created by Pratt, there is a cohesive thread that ties these elements together, proving they are one and the same.


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Jul 23, 2017

Conventioner

(Philadelphia, PA) “Open up my eyes so I can see the way to go” is the opening line of “Trouble”, the stunning lead-single from the enigmatic Philadelphia songsmith Conventioner. With these prophetic words, Conventioner invites the listener to a world that is gentle, tender, and intensely personal. “Trouble” possesses that effortless ability to transport the audience to another universe. Conventioner’s simple, enchanting voice seemingly floats on top of delicate ivory strokes only hinged to reality by the heartbeat of a scooped kick drum. Produced and performed in its entirety by the Philly artist, this ethereal track succeeds in showing us exactly “the way to go”.     

James Chester, the artist behind the project, hails from Jacksonville, FL. He grew up playing in church and in various bands, surrounded by gospel music and the classic rock of the south. By the time he reached college, Chester’s family had relocated to the Philadelphia area, and he found a love for pop and electronica. The Conventioner project was born in late night producing sessions, as Chester wrestled with a bout of writer’s block and experimented with beats, filters, and samples.

In 2015, Conventioner released his debut EP Legacy, with the song “Trouble” immediately catching fire with the Soundcloud community. Now, James is preparing to release a follow up to Legacy later in the Fall. Check out the link to hear “Trouble”, and stay tuned for his brand-new single “Never Breaking” - out later this Summer! 



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Jul 19, 2017

Upright Man


(LOS ANGELES, CA) New York City-based rock band Upright Man - Aidan Dolan (guitar/vocals), Nick Katz (bass/vocals), Max Yassky (drums/percussion/background vocals) - is set to release their dynamic self-titled debut album on August 18th.

The album’s ten shimmering tracks were produced by Marc Copely (Roseanne Cash, B.B. King, Billy Squire) and Zev Katz (Jeff Beck, Hall & Oates, Aretha Franklin) and engineered by Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh) at Avatar Studios and Sear Sound in NYC and at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.

Upright Man has crafted an exciting, ambitious, formidable album that immediately captivates and holds tight. The magnetic songs boast the hulking riffs and spacey twists of the eponymous “Upright Man” while the bombastic tribal beats of “Animals” and “Checked Out" throw you into a hypnotic frenzy. “Three Easy Pieces” mesmerizes with propulsive piano-driven swagger, “Agorognostic” paints a lush soundscape via sharp lyrics and vibrant instrumentation and “Designer Mind” and “Say What You Mean” offer sultry distortion-drenched stomps.


The band met while studying classical music composition at New York University where they played together on various projects ranging from classical ensembles to rock bands. Their strong writing chemistry spurred the formation of the band. Combining elements of alternative, psychedelic, roots rock and classic rock with complex harmonies and time signatures, Upright Man seamlessly intertwines influences like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Crowded House, Little Feat, Led Zeppelin and XTC into a unique sound all their own.


Aidan explains, “Our different musical backgrounds make for an explosive chemical reaction that creates something none of us would have alone.” “We have an intense compulsion to write songs together, and do so constantly,” says Nick. “Our goal is to write great songs, play genuine music and share it with the world,” adds Max.



Upright Man currently on the road:
7/20 New York, NY @B.B. King Blues Club (w/ The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
7/22 Boston, MA @Cabot Theatre (w/ The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
7/23 Long Island, NY @Amityville Music (w/ Bad Rabbits)
8/17 Ocean City, MD @Fager’s Island
8/23 New York, NY @Bowery Electric
8/24 Sellersville, PA @Sellersville Theater (w/ The Fabulous Thunderbirds)

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Jun 23, 2017

Juiceboxxx

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(New York) Mass Appeal has shared the second single from Juiceboxxx's forthcoming LP, entitled "Go To The Club Alone". When talking about the track Juiceboxxx said, "“Go To The Club Alone” is about being a pathetic loser sleeping on the floor of a basement and taking the bus to some boring DJ night because you don’t have anything better to do with your dumb life. I also just wanted to make a sick punk rap song. It is inspired by everyone from Cypress Hill to The Modern Lovers. You can change your life.”  The track, along with the previous single "Freaking Out", will be featured on the new LP 'Freaked Out American Loser', out 7/28 on Dangerbird Records.  


Out of my mind but I’m a hell of a guy, I got the PMA, that’s just an FYI / I got a J-O-B and that’s to stay alive, 24/7 not 9 to 5… So begins “Freaking Out” on Freaked Out American Loser, the latest album from Juiceboxxx, the Milwaukee-bred punk rap artist who is quite simply the first and last of his kind all at once. Juiceboxxx grew up in the ‘2000s within the noise, punk rock, and underground rap communities of Wisconsin, and while those banners still fly high independently today, there are very few other artists who not only understand that Venn diagram but who are also actively attempting to merge those sounds cohesively.


Juiceboxxx might be out of his mind, but in all the best ways—he owns it and commits to this unstoppable onslaught of creative ideas and outbursts. Freaked Out American Loser is a punk rap blast that captures the anarchic, aggressive spirit of Juiceboxxx’s live show while also adding a new level of polish, focus, and dare we say, professionalism.


“I’m putting together these pieces in a way I find interesting as a contemporary record, and not conforming to any trends of the moment,” Juiceboxxx says. “I’m looking at Beastie Boys as the Ramones or something, and trying to build on that language; looking at Public Enemy within the lens of punk rock.”



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Evacuate The Earth

(Chicago) It was four long years in the making, but Evacuate the Earth’s second full-length album was released on Tues, June 6.

Chosen by mysterious entities as emissaries from both Chicago, IL, and Milwaukee, WI with a dire message for a world on the brink, Evacuate the Earth formed in 2011 to provide a worldless plea to save humanity. Saxophones and theramins cry above thundering rhythms, gentle please amid violent warnings. Only one way out. Evacuate the Earth. Destruction is imminent.


Expanding on the unique sound that the band developed on its 2013 debut, Evacuate the Earth is a record about exploration. After beginning initial tracking in August of 2016, ETE stretched overdubbing and mixing over the course of many months, spending time with each track to find its most realized form. Not concerned with having to perform exact replications of the material live, the group explored every additional avenue the studio presented. The result is a lush, layered production that serves as a worthy counterpart to the raw energy of their live show. The new album incorporates Theremin, additional percussion (both acoustic and electric) and a multitude of effects units complementing ETE’s core of bass (Dan Kern), drums (Darrin Wolf) and saxophone (Erin Brophy).


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Marcus Paul James


(New York) Marcus Paul James is excited to announce the release of his highly-anticipated 3rd studio EP Paper Hearts. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, James’ new EP Paper Hearts is an epic melding of personal story, rich production, and of course Marcus’ soul-drenched voice. R&B, Pop, and Singer-Songwriter influences flow into each other to create a blend reminiscent of John Legend, Miguel, and One Republic.


Prior to this latest release, MPJ has enjoyed European radio play and Electronic Chart success with his debut 2009 EP Electrik Love, produced by jazz prodigy Akira Shelton. In 2010, MPJ held the 1st and 3rd spots on UK Soul charts for five consecutive weeks, with singles “Wonderful Love” and “Right Now”. Marcus has performed in multiple Broadway plays including Rent, In The Heights and most recently in Motown The Musical. Marcus Paul James is excited for you to hear this incredibly personal collection of songs. Check it out below!



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