Frazey Ford, best known as the co-leader of beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean (October 14) -- a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound. There's affirmation in its 11 songs, as Ford's self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones. Lead single “September Fields,” which premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered, is available now on iTunes.
British alt rock/pop band Scars On 45 will release their sophomore full-length album, Safety In Numbers, on October 7, with lead single “Crazy For You” available today on iTunes. The band has been on the road all summer promoting the album, with newly announced September dates opening for Better Than Ezra. A full list of tour dates is below.
LISTEN TO & SHARE “CRAZY FOR YOU” HERE:
Safety In Numbers is the result of pure honesty, emotion and hard work. When the band parted ways with their former label, they were determined to carry on. They self-funded Safety In Numbers, which was recorded between Minneapolis, MN with their good friend Eric Olsen and Leeds, England with producer Will Jackson. In the end, they launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the completion of the album. The response from fans was enormous.
Jay Brannan has released a new video for "Blue-Haired Lady" from his forthcoming full-length album Always, Then, & Now, which he will self-release on July 15. The video, which premiered on Billboard.com, was directed by Los Angeles-based directing duo Rich Dorato & Adam Franklin of the creative group Who Ate My Teeth?, whose previous work include videos for Feist, Mastadon, Peaches and others.
Brannan's tour in support of Always, Then, & Now launches July 16 in Boston. Click here for all dates.
UK duo Coves have released a new video for song "Wake Up" from their critically acclaimed debut album Soft Friday, which will see its North American release on September 2. The band will join The Raveonettes on tour staring September 22 in San Francisco.
"Wake Up" is the album’s closing track and a firm fan favorite, described by the NME as "a blast of winning lysergic pop, it’s both two fingers up at a former lover and proof that Coves are on the path to making something truly outstanding."
“I remember recording ‘Wake Up’ and having the skeleton of a song,” recalls John Ridgard, one half of the psych-pop duo. “Beck came round but nothing was working. We got really frustrated and bought a couple of bottles of wine. We were in this raucous state and it just came out.”
“It’s about my ex,” Beck Wood explains of the song’s meaning. “It was me proving that ‘I am who I am and you’re just nothing to me anymore.’ It was meant to be a strong song, especially for me, personally, to say ‘Look at me now.’”
Today, Vancouver-based Young Liars released their debut album, Tidal Wave via Nettwerk Records. Stream the album in its entirety here. It is also available via iTunes and Spotify. In support of the album release, the electro, indie-rock quartet are set to tour the US this Fall. Stay tuned for more details.
CRITICAL QUOTES FOR TIDAL WAVE:
“With an elevated sense of passion and drive, Young Liars have shown that they have grown off their previous experience with their latest release... They are the kind of group that show every sign of being on the verge of breaking through.”
"...a terrific number that’s bound to be on heavy rotation for us this summer. ‘Young Again’ by Canadian dream pop quartet Young Liars will get stuck in your head immediately with its woozy synths, triumphant drumbeats, and crooning vocals."
- The Wild Honey Pie
“...the band is certainly due to make a splash in 2014.” - Indie Shuffle
"a heady dreamy slice of pop sweet enough to tide me over until the weather (hopefully) turns warm and sunny." - Don't Need No Melody
“…what should be a sure thing, summer anthem...” – Alt Citizen (re “Young Again”)
“…an uplifting ode to teenage romance.” – All Things Go (re “Night Window”)
Oli Bayston aka Boxed In shared the video for "Run Quicker" earlier this week. The track is the second single from the UK producer and songwriter's upcoming debut album (TBA, Nettwerk Records). The first single, "No Joke," was released back in April. The psychedelic video for "Run Quicker" was directed by Sam Mason. The song will be available on June 23 (UK) on July 22nd (North America).
Mike Rosenberg, better known by the moniker Passenger, is seeing career high chart debuts around the globe this week. In the U.S., his new album Whispers lands at #12 on the Billboard 200 with 19,000 sold. It also charted at #1 on the Folk Albums chart, #5 on the Rock Albums chart, and #5 on the Overall Digital Albums chart. In other parts of the world, Whispers landed at #5 in his native UK, #2 in his second home of Australia and Canada, #3 in New Zealand and the Netherlands and #6 in Germany.
Passenger, who played the main stage at last weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival in England to over 50,000 people, will be touring the world in support of Whispers, starting in North America on Saturday, August 2 in Atlanta, with 10 of 23 cities already sold-out and other venues upgraded. He’ll be supported by fellow Nettwerk label mates The Once and Stu Larsen, both of whom also appear on Whispers. He’ll also play a free show at NYC’s Central Park SummerStage on August 10. Full list of dates/venues is below.
“I’m gonna sing songs of loving and forgiving
Songs of eating and of drinking, songs of living
Songs of calling in the night ‘Cause songs are like a bolt of light
And love’s the only love you should invite
Songs of longings but fulfilled, Songs that don’t let you sit still
Songs that mend your broken bones”
- (“Take Me To Church” lyrics)
Partnering with NPR Music,Sinéad O’Connor reveals the first track, “Take Me To Church,” from her forthcoming studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Out August 12 via Nettwerk Records).
Listen To The Once’s “We Are All Running” from Departures:
Nettwerk is pleased to announce the signing of folk trio The Once to its label roster. The Newfoundland-based band has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada, having collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album. In the coming year, however, the rest of the world will get to discover the joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music that have made them such favorites in their homeland.
On August 5, 2014, the trio (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) will release their new album Departures, just a few days after embarking on a world tour opening for label-mate Passenger, which begins in North America on August 2nd before hitting Europe, Australia and Asia.
Today marks the highly anticipated release of Passenger's new album, Whispers. To celebrate, Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) has unveiled a brand new music video (above) for his North American lead single "Scare Away The Dark." It premiered onVH1.comyesterday, and will make its broadcast debut this Saturday, June 14 on VH1's Top 20 Countdown.
Of the video, Passenger says, "We had so much fun making it - massive thank you to everybody involved (especially the actors that ran around like naked lunatics in a field in the middle of nowhere on a monday morning …. LEGENDS !! ) I'm really really proud of this and hope you guys like it!!"
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