Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blindman


(New York) Reggae artist Blindman (AKA Derek Gazal) dropped his new album, See With Your Heart, and has an animated video for the track “Lonely Road.”
As a bandleader, front man, songwriter, keyboardist, hype man, and percussionist, Blindman has shared the stage with an eclectic group of internationally acclaimed artists including Kanye West, The Roots, Julian Marley, Talib Kweli, Wyclef, Slightly Stoopid, Barrington Levy, Common, Jimmy Cliff, The Original Wailers, CeeLo, Robert Randolph, Fishbone, Madball, Napalm Death, VOD, Ludacris, and the Black Eyed Peas. He has been performing live music since the age of 16 and has performed everywhere from the garage to the main stage. Performing to a wide variety of audiences, Blindman has matured into a stand-out, must-see entertainer. 


“The fact is playing underground hardcore shows, college jam-outs, rock festivals, and reggae-a-thons have all taught me that nothing can deny the energy an artist brings to the stage. People go to concerts to feel the music and it is up to the artist to bring it."


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Georgia June

(New York) Introducing Georgia June, a brand new singer/songwriter hailing from Australia. At only 18 years old, June is already playing multiple sold out shows in her hometown of Sydney. Her music is a gentle breeze with some real strength behind it. Her recordings exude an understated confidence, but the owner of The Newsagency, a popular venue in Sydney, described her as "energetic and captivating (live) performer".

With live shows, a debut album, videos and more slated for 2017, this is the time to get into this prodigious, dazzling new artist! Hear new single "Bunch of Oxymorons" on Soundcloud now!

Known for her open, witty and relatable personality, June easily wins over her audiences at her shows. The owner of the Newsagency describes her as "a strong songwriter with a depth in her voice and lyrics well beyond her years.” Her influences have covered the spectrum from the Divinyls and Blondie, to Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse and Prince. Passionate about social justice issues, she typically writes songs about society, relationships and politics.



Ever since she was a child, June has had a laser focus on developing her musical talent. She started taking singing lessons at age 10, writing songs at age 12 and started working since the age of 13 in order to finance her music career. While attending the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, she performed solo at popular Sydney music venues, including a sold-out show at The Newsagency.

In September 2016, June traveled solo halfway across the world to New York City, to meet with various music industry contacts, including at Billboard Magazine. She met a Brooklyn-based producer who helped her record a 3-track demo, entitled Smile for Me, which she is using to shop for managers and labels. She is currently teaming up with an NYC music producer to record her debut album, which she plans to release later in 2017.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

ROSIN


(New York) ROSIN is a band of wolves dressed in formal attire. Drawing​ on elements of bluegrass, rock ​and jazz, these classical deviants create their own ​version of a string quartet. From upbeat Americana with orchestral accompaniments to classical arrangements with rock guitar riffs, members Jake Armerding (violin, mandola​, guitar), Annie Bartlett (violin, viola), Mina Kim (cello) and Zachariah Hickman (double ​bass) fuse the personality of each player's diverse influences and expertise to create their uniquely synergetic sound.


The collaborative union of ROSIN's members began in 2011 with the launch of the live music series, The Sheffield Sessions. Originating as a one-off house show, the series has expanded to host monthly live shows featuring local artists of varying genres and backgrounds. The unifying spirit of The Sheffield Sessions lives on through ROSIN's  full-length album.



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Pinkerton Raid


(New York) The Pinkerton Raid's Jesse James DeConto would spend his days writing about murder and mayhem as a newspaper reporter. Almost every day, he'd drive from his former home in Carrboro, NC to the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C.

Driving north on Highway 86, he'd pass a traffic sign that said, "TOLERANCE ENDS." It was meant for big-rig truckers, to tell them to detour off the country road and get on the sturdier Interstate 85.

Something about crime reporting that most people don't know: There's a lot of waiting around. You sit there in court, waiting for a judge to make a ruling, waiting for a lawyer to show up, waiting for a defendant to be brought over from the jail.
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"I'd be watching people's lives falling apart – or already having fallen apart – and I was watching a seven-year relationship falling apart in my own life, thinking about what went wrong, what was next for me," Jesse says. "I'd just sit there writing lyrics in my reporter's notebook."

Out of those vulnerable moments sprang the songs from Tolerance Ends, Love Begins, The Pinkerton Raid's third full-length album.

What started with intimate, personal storytelling became a communal experience with instrumentation evolving over the next seven years, as Jesse handed off songs like "Tolerance Ends," "Hollywood," and "Deeper Than Skin" for his sister Katie to take lead vocals.


The siblings built many of the arrangements around their brother Steven's acoustic guitar, layering Eric Johnson and Michael DePue's electric guitars with the expansive drumming of Steve Anderson (Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers) and the twee textures of Chimeatron, ukulele, and brass. Wilson Greene (Look Homeward, Mipso) added guitars and banjo.

Recorded with Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony, Dead Tongues) and Thom Canova at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium and at Studio M in the spring of 2016, Tolerance Ends, Love Begins is a story of broken love and resurrection, their most hopeful collection to date.


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Skaters


(New York) Today Skaters share the video for their second single "Criminal" on Clash. When discussing the video, guitarist Josh Hubbard states, "All good things come to an end…and some bad things. You always write a song when you come out of a relationship. Our new GF is way poorer than our ex. This video is another online relationship forged. The outcome...Sick Luton-based artist, Cameron West, kills the visual accompaniment for our new tune Criminal. God bless the internet and God bless America." Prior to this single, the band released the track/video for "In Your Head". Their new album 'Rock And Roll Bye Bye LP' was released on Friday, 3/24 on Yonks Records.


SKATERS’ sophomore album has arrived. After parting ways with Warner Brothers Records, SKATERS has reclaimed its independent spirit and are back. Joining forces with independent digital distribution partner Believe Digital in London, Qrates for on-demand, direct-to-consumer vinyl, a devout team of indie publicists and promo, and a collection of music video directors and artists, the Rock and Roll Bye Bye LP is a free-spirited album that embraces the flexibility, inspiration, and motivation possible in today’s music industry. Co-producing the album with Albert DiFiore, the band’s sophomore album is an exciting progression in songwriting, performance, and lyrical statements.


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Katie Buchanan

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NYC-based, guitar-driven singer and songwriter, Katie Buchanan, shares "Floating" - the first single from her new LP - today via She Shreds. She is gearing up to release her sophomore album, Who We Are When We're Standing, on June 9, 2017. The record is written and produced by Buchanan, mixed by Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet, Emmy the Great) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Neon Indian, The Sea, and Cake, The Mars Volta, Trust).


The indie pop troubadour “deserves a prime spot on your daily playlist,” praises City Of Tenants, and they aren’t alone in their admiration. No Depression says, “it’s these under the radar artists like Katie Buchanan that renew my belief that in the right hand's rock is not dead.” Buchanan’s music is guitar-driven pop with Americana roots and a slight electro spin. Honing her production skills while studying at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and combining them with those homegrown roots, her music is “presented on a plate of spicy true blues tradition with just the right garnish of folk, roots, country and yes - a little electronica,” No Depression continues, “The Americana will follow and it will embellish it beautifully.”




The Kansas-native grew up surrounded by music, having been born into a long line of musicians. With childhood memories of learning the blues around a campfire, you could say that songwriting is in Buchanan’s blood and comes almost as a second nature.


As the sole writer, performer, and producer of her work, Buchanan is a strong new voice in the ongoing call for increased female authorship at all levels of music. In addition to her own releases, she produces albums for other women, creating spaces for young female artists to learn the language of the studio and to develop the tools needed to navigate the music industry.


While listeners are being swept up in the album’s guitar driven pop anthems with that signature electro spin, they can find a message at the core: to stand still and stand tall.

“Floating,” the first single from Who We Are When We’re Standing, is out now.



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Trementina

(New York) Trementina creates music for lucid dreaming. It’s an intense, yet melancholic conjuring by art students and skaters from the damp forests of Valdivia, Chile, where the rainfall creates faded polaroids out of daily life. 

Valdivian shoegaze emerges from the fissures of their homeland. Isolated from urban static, Trementina has created a dizzying symphony that drowns you with noise, hallucinatory guitars, and beauty among chaos — which can be felt in the ethereal vocals of Vanessa Cea. 

Their third album, 810, is the evolutionary star-child of their sound, which first made contact with the U.S. in 2013, and then again in 2015 when their song “Hazy Youth” appeared on the now famous Ear to Ear Records’ shoegaze comp.
Recorded roughly 810 kilometers south of Santiago, during the cold winter, when the “sky is charcoal gray,” to borrow a line from DIY pioneer Martin Newell, 810 upgrades their sound from My Bloody Valentine-tinged haze on 2013’s Brilliant Noise [Vinyl Junkies], into a meditative experience that’s surreal, a “dream within a dream” — the byproduct of Cristobal Ortiz’s modulated guitar and the thick bass of Lucas Martinic. 

810  includes nine tracks that flood the musical landscape; ranging from songs like “Oh Child,” which capture the atmospheric pressure of Joshua Tree-era U2, or early CHVRCHES, to “Please, Let’s Go Away,” which sounds like it was recorded inside a cosmic cathedral, as opposed to a DIY studio from the Chilean countryside. It’s a track the band recorded after the sudden departure of their drummer, which inspired them to augment their sound with influences as broad as Brian Eno and Robin Guthrie. 810 includes several tracks that show the quartet reaching beyond the shoegaze galaxy, even back in time, like the opium-den tripping off “Out of the Lights” and the African textures on “A Place Up in the Sky.” 



The overall effect is a youthful pilgrimage across the south of Chile, during a waking dream. 

810  will be released on Burger Records on March 24, 2017. Trementina is a DIY rock band based in Valdivia, Chile, and consists of Vanessa Cea (vocals), Cristobal Ortiz (guitar), Lucas Martinic (bass), and AndrĂ©s on drums.



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