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Guster To Release 'Evermotion,' First Album In Four Years (Out January 13); Listen To "Simple Machine"

 Listen To “Simple Machine” And B-Side “Long Night”:


 

Guster will release their first album in four years, Evermotion, fearlessly experimenting with new instruments and collaborations to create their most vibrant album yet. Produced by Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist Richard Swift, who has produced records for Damien Jurado, Foxygen and Stereolab, the new album bulldozes inhibitions, propelling the band to a harder-charging, more freewheeling sound. Evermotion is out January 13 as a joint release by Nettwerk Records and Guster’s own label Ocho Mule. Listen to the utterly infectious new single “Simple MachineTIME hails for its “frantic beats and crawling synthesizers”: http://bit.ly/1uGj7gg. The song is out today with B-side “Long Night,” also off the new album.

Sinéad O'Connor Billboard Cover Story; North American Tour Dates Announced

"Sinead's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising...Its first single, "Take Me to Church," looks back on a lifetime of battles and broken loves, only to find pathways to peace, redemption, forgiveness and wonder…the song provides a stirring and frequently beautiful glimpse into the mind of a singer who searches constantly for improvements in herself." - NPR

Out today, Sinéad O’Connor releases her 10th studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (available HERE via Nettwerk Records). In a career that spans nearly 30 years, O’Connor sat down with Billboard Magazine to discuss past and present controversies that have reared their heads during her 30-year career – marriage, divorce, Saturday Night Live, illness, religion, abuse and twitter wars with other pop stars. Unequivocally raw and searingly honest O’Connor doesn’t flinch from matters that have made her one of the most polarizing and fascinating personalities in music today.

In advance of the album’s release O’Connor also sat down with Linda Wertheimer of NPR’s Weekend Edition to discuss the revamped look, the music industry and the inspiration behind tracks like “James Brown” feat. Seun Kuti (son of Fela Kuti) on saxophone, the autobiographical “8 Good Reasons” and lead single “Take Me To Church.” In addition O’Connor met up with Mantra Magazine for their cover story to talk about what her career has meant to her, looking back at almost thirty years in the music industry.

Shot in London, the official music video for lead single “Take Me To Church” features an incendiary performance by O’Connor and her band in a plot that alludes to her past and takes her right up to the present.

William Fitzsimmons Releases 'Acoustic Sessions' EP (Out Today)

 “a meticulously crafted, ephemeral wisp of a record that's full of high-quality daydream fuel”

AllMusic

“This is a consistently lovely, reflective if occasionally morose album” – American Songwriter

“a personal examination of life’s little changes” - AV Club

“Lions, is his most daring, emotional work yet” – Dallas Observer

"Fitzsimmons is able to sing between the notes, sounds you wouldn’t think go together fit like matching puzzle pieces” -
Elmore

Wiliam Fitzsimmons releases Acoustic Sessions, a collection of stripped down recordings from his latest studio album, Lions – out now. Recorded at his home studio in Illinois, the 4-song EP showcases Fitzsimmons’ consistently honest and tender balladry.

Listen To “Fortune (Acoustic)” Here:

Lions debuted at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums’ chart, as well as Top 5 on the Folk Albums chart. A career-defining album, Lions is produced by Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie with previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists and The Postal Service among others).

Sinéad O'Connor Shares First Video From New Album 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss' (Out August 12)

 
"Sinead's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising...Its first single, "Take Me to Church," looks back on a lifetime of battles and broken loves, only to find pathways to peace, redemption, forgiveness and wonder…the song provides a stirring and frequently beautiful glimpse into the mind of a singer who searches constantly for improvements in herself." - NPR

Today, Sinéad O’Connor shares the official music video for single “Take Me To Church,” the first track from her forthcoming studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (out via Nettwerk Records on August 12).

Shot in London, the video features an incendiary performance by Sinead and her band in a plot that alludes to her past and takes her right up to the present.

Frazey Ford To Release New Album 'Indian Ocean' On October 14

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.

Listen To “September Fields” Here:

Scars On 45 New Album 'Safety In Numbers' Out October 7

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 Premieres New Video For "Blue-Haired Lady" From Upcoming Album 'Always, Then, & Now'

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.

Coves Premiere New Video For "Wake Up" From Debut 'Soft Friday'

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.’”

Young Liars Debut Album 'Tidal Wave' Out Today

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.”
Earmilk

"...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”)

Boxed In Shares New Video For "Run Quicker"

 
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).  

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