Saturday, March 25, 2017

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

Photo:Lexi Lambro
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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Monte Mader


NYC-based singer/songwriter, Monte Mader, is a girl from the middle of nowhere, who lost everything and is now on the brink of everything. After a tumultuous journey of love and loss, Monte emerges onto the music scene with the release of her debut EP, Skydive, out May 26, 2017.


Originally from the Midwest, Monte was raised on a ranch, surrounded by country and gospel music. After a broken engagement at age 22, Monte packed up her life in rural Wyoming to dive headfirst into music. Following battles with bankruptcy, heartbreak, and loss, Monte found her voice and wrote her first album, Skydive, as an ode to her resilience. Now based in New York City, Monte has taken the stage throughout the city, including performances at the Friends of Firefighters charity concert, the Equinox Anniversary Bash in Rockefeller Center and several area venues.


Be sure to check out her latest track, “Risky,” from the forthcoming album, Skydive--coming your way May 26, 2017!


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kristina Cottone


(New York) Chicago indie-soul artist (and Honey & the 45s front-woman) Kristina Cottone has released her debut solo EP, Bow.

Kristina Cottone is an indie-soul artist based in Chicago. Known as the front woman and founding member for soul/rock band, Honey & the 45s, Kristina has performed throughout Chicago the Midwest and in NYC. She continues her role with Honey & the 45s and brings you her solo project, Kristina Cottone Music.


Surrounded by a family of performers, Kristina’s interest in the arts and music began at a young age. Her grandfather was a jazz singer and her aunt was an actress. Also pursuing the stage, Kristina holds a BFA in acting and performed as a company member with Chicago’s Organic Theater Company for five years before dedicating all of her time to the music.



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Purmamarca

Purmamarca is big for the numerical symbolism and appreciation for the fans who have been chompin' at the bit for this new record. So, this past Tuesday, Ryan Henry unleashed Bring Up the Soft Dreams to the world - exactly three years and three days of work later, as an act of love to the band's collaborators and contributors.

Sometimes when we take risks and act bravely enough to say “goodbye,” we get a better chance to say “hello” to what we want. That’s exactly what happened when Ryan Henry from Purmamarca moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. For the first time since the band’s incarnation in 2012, the core members don’t exist within the same state borders. It’s an interesting time to release their debut, studio album, which is completely produced by Patrick Hyland, who works with Mitski. On March 7th, 2017, the entire album, Bring Up the Soft Dreams, became available on all digital platforms.


The band is in the midst of a major transition, but, nevertheless the best moments don’t follow any rules - they just happen. So, as Fall 2016 sets in and colors change, Purmamarca’s pastoral, sweeping soundscape of indie pop, psych rock and often soulful new sounds will be released, starting with the lead single, “Rear View.” Elon Rutberg, who works with Kayne West and The Dirty Projectors, did production on this single in particular.


Purmamarca was originally a solo project created in the vision of Brooklyn-native Ryan Henry (piano/guitar/vocals), during 2012. In the early days of the project, Henry released two EPs that he recorded in his bedroom and performed with a rotation of fellow musicians at various local venues around Brooklyn. In 2013, Henry was joined by Brian Bishop (lead guitar, drums) and Gabriele Grassia (bass), solidifying the live lineup. The band released a self-recorded, debut album in April 2014, Summer Air // Night. Gold Flake Paint called the debut LP’s sound an “exercise in blissed out psych acid lullabies,” while still “mellow and complex.” PORTALS Music also complimented the debut, asserting the release contained layers of songs that “unfurl on the spine of a grappling guitar and a romantic piano.”


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jackson Boone

(New York) Jackson Boone releases his third full-length studio album 'Organic Light Factory' via Raindust Records. Jackson and his band, the Ocean Ghosts, are kicking off their tour tonight at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR, on their way to Austin to perform dates at SXSW.


Boone is a songwriter who quietly emerged from the misty magic of Portland, Oregon. His lo-fi folk rock sound is comparable to Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile, or Damien Jurado.


Photo: Caitlin Tomlinson

With the help of producer Riley Geare (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), bassist Randy Bemrose (Radiation City), and Violinist Patti King (Radiation City), Jackson recorded his first solo album, 'Starlit,' in the basement of a greenhouse in NE Portland. Immediately after his release, Boone, his five pieces live band, The Ocean Ghosts, and Riley Geare, packed up their equipment and took off to the Oregon Coast. They spent two weeks by the beach tracking his sophomore record, 'Natural Changes' (2015).


Boone and his band, the Ocean Ghosts, have honed their performing skills at festivals such as SXSW, Treefort Music Festival, Pickathon, and CMJ. They'll be on tour this March, including a stop in Austin for SXSW.

SXSW DATES
3/15 - Nochebuena Showcase
9:30pm @ Stay Gold
1910 E Cesar Chavez St
w/ Hockey Dad, DTCV, High Waisted & more
RSVP

3/15 - Fruth Fest
12:00am @ Spiderhouse
2908 Fruth St.
w/ Giant Dog, White Reaper, Ne-Hi & more

3/16 - Brooklyn Brewery Party
3pm @ Waller Ballroom
700 E 6th St


3/18 - The Little Darlin
7:00pm @ 6507 Circle S Rd



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