Dispatch and State Radio member Chad "Chadwick" Stokes kicks off his fall tour on September 14 in support of his solo debut, Simmerkane II, set for release on June 28. Beginning in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater, the 12-city tour includes stops in San Francisco, Portland, Boulder, Nashville, Atlanta, among other U.S. cities. An in-store at Newbury Comics (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston) is planned for June 28 at 6:00 P.M. Stokes is currently on a sold-out tour with Dispatch, their first in 10 years.
Inspired by Stokes’ freight train jumping adventures across the U.S. with his brother and cousin, Simmerkane II was produced by John Dragonetti (of The Submarines) with guest appearances from The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars,Carly Simon, Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), The White Buffalo,and Blake Hazard (The Submarines).
The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, a band formed by Sierra Leone refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War, are featured on the three-song bonus disc included in the CD and digital versions of the album.
“I am never ‘dark’ but always Luminescent.” - Peter Murphy
The Iconic Peter Murphy has just unveiled his first new video for stand-out track “I Spit Roses” from his recently released and critically acclaimed solo album Ninth. Directed by Justin Coloma, the video features intricate, hand-painted sets that are a modern take on the ornate, art-deco era aesthetic.
Ninth is Peter Murphy’s first solo album in seven years and since the permanent dissolution of Bauhaus in 2009. In celebration of the release, Murphy returned to the States for rare in-store appearances and special live club showcases earlier this month. These select appearances wrap up on June 29 in Los Angeles at the Troubadour.
Praise for Ninth:
“…a dynamic rock record…one of the strongest of his career.” – LA Times
“…badass new effort…” – Time Out New York
“…one taste of ‘Seesaw Sway’ or ‘I Spit Roses’ will remind you exactly who you’re dealing with: the man. It is punk, jaunt, goth, doom, ’80s gloom, everything is present and accounted for." – Consequence Of Sound.com
Nettwerk recording artists BT, Morgan Page, DJ Dan and Bad Boy Bill are among the 2011 nominees for America's Best DJ (ABDJ). Fans are able to vote from now until September 5, 2011. Visit www.americasbestdj.net to review the full list of nominees chosen by DJ Times Magazine and vote!
Belgium-based artist Styrofoam (aka Arne Van Petegem) releases the semi-animated video for “Carolyn,” a pop-fueled track from Disco Synthesizers & Daily Tranquilizers. Directed by Grand Carden and Dillon Magrann-Wells, the video premiered yesterday on American Eagle’s blog, “Made To Last”
As a notable remixer/producer, Arne has worked with Kele (Bloc Party), Of Montreal, The Notwist, Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service, Lali Puna and has just wrapped up production on the forthcoming Meiko album.
The Weepies recently announced a 2011 Acoustic Summer Tour of the US, which starts August 17 in Los Angeles at TheTroubadour. This is the follow up to their sold-out 2010 tour in support of their latest critically-acclaimed album, Be My Thrill. The folk duo--Deb Talan and Steve Tannen--will be joined by bassist Johnny Flower on a series of intimate shows across the country. Keep reading for full list of tour dates.
The Submarines have announced that they’ll join Eels on their US summer tour, starting with the Austin, TX show on Wednesday, July 20 at Stubb’s and wrapping in their home city of Los Angeles on Friday, August 12 at the El Rey. Additionally, the band just unveiled a brand new video for standout album track “Fire,” which was directed by Maximilla Lukacs and premiered yesterday on MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog (See original post here: http://bit.ly/lAhNzi).
The indie-pop duo have barely taken a break from the road since the release of their third studio album Love Notes/Letter Bombs in April. After a successful headline tour across North America, the band headed over to the UK as support for The Mountain Goats. Upon their return, The Submarines immediately headed to the Midwest to join Brett Dennen on a handful of June dates, of which they are currently in the midst.
Keep reading for more information and full list of tour dates....
New York trio Ivy will release their long-awaited fifth studio album, All Hours, on September 20, 2011. It is their first release since 2005's In The Clear. The 11 tracks that comprise All Hours were written, produced and mixed by the band in their own Manhattan studio. The first single, “Distant Lights,” is out today in iTunes.
RollingStone.com calls the first single "...seductive: sleek beat, wistful melody and a vaguely noirish scene set by Dominique Durand in a voice pitched halfway between a coo and a sigh.” Listen to the track below and keep reading for information...
Gold In The Shadow marked a career high album debut, landing at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, as well as #3 on the Folk Albums Chart, #41 on the Overall Digital Albums Chart and #161 on the Billboard Top 200.
Currently touring Europe, there are plans to return to the US later this year. Stayed tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
This week, visionary artist and producer BT has released These Re-Imagined Machines, a two-disc collection of BT’s original, Grammy-nominated compositions on These Hopeful Machines “re-imagined” by some of BT’s most respected peers, including Armin van Buuren, Sultan & Ned Shepard and Chicane. Six of the 17 tracks featured on the album have never before been released. Keep reading for full track listing.
Check out the Ferry Corsten Remix of BT's "Suddenly" above.
In anticipation of the June 28 release of his Ruff Shod/Nettwerk solo debut, Simmerkane II, Chadwick Stokes released lead single, “Back To The Races,” on May 31.
Inspired by Stokes’ train jumping adventures across the U.S., Simmerkane II is a diary of the sights and sounds discovered on his travels. “Back To The Races” “reflects on past mistakes while still being seduced by the excitement of the journey,” says Stokes.
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