Chad Stokes of Dispatch & State Radio prepares to debut his first solo outing under the moniker Chadwick Stokes. The solo project, titled Simmerkane II, will be in stores June 28th on Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. Available the same day is a two-disc deluxe version that features three tracks recorded with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band formed by Sierra Leone refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
Simmerkane II is inspired by Stoke’s train jumping adventures across the US, a metaphoric diary of the sights and sounds discovered on his travels. Produced by John Dragonetti (The Submarines), Simmerkane II features collaborations with friends and heroes – Carly Simon, Blake Hazard (The Submarines), Matt Embree (RX Bandits), The White Buffalo (aka Jake Smith) and aforementioned Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
ChinaShop Mag recently caught up with Frazey Ford at SXSW for an exclusive, super-intimate performance and interview. Armed only with her guitar and her distinct voice, Frazey performed two songs: Al Green's "That's How Strong My Love Is" (above) and Neil Young's "Out On The Weekend." Watch/read the full story at ChinaShop Mag.
The Submarines wrap their North American headline tour this Saturday, May 7 in their home city of Los Angeles at the Troubadour, but it won't be long before they are back out on the road. The duo have just announced UK tour dates with the Mountain Goats starting Sunday, May 22 in Dublin and ending Monday, May 30 in Newcastle. The Subs have been on the road since April 7 in support of their latest album Love Notes/Letter Bombs. Once they return from the UK, they'll meet up with singer/songwriter Brett Dennen for a handful of June dates. Full list of dates is below.
Actress Abigail Breslin recently recorded “Fight For Me,” a song that will appear on the upcoming soundtrack to her latest film,Janie Jones. Out now in iTunes, the emotional track was produced by Nick Launay, who also produced Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, which won the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year. The Janie Jones Soundtrack (Nettwerk) will debut this fall to coincide with the film’s theatrical release. Including “Fight For Me,” the soundtrack will feature a total of 7 songs recorded by the film's main actors, Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola, in addition to songs from William Fitzsimmons, Gemma Hayes and Patrick Watson. Listen to the track below.
"[Gold In The Shadow] provides an emotional release and even a glimmer of hope." - MTV.com
"...hushed productions with lovely instrumentation that lingers long after the song has passed...[Gold In The Shadow] is a fine introduction to a worthwhile voice."
- Houston Chronicle
"[Gold in the Shadow] is nothing short of lovely; a deep, delicate listen that’s easy on the ears and cracking album charts internationally."
- Charlotte Observer
Indie troubadour, William Fitzsimmons, has released the official video for the "Beautiful Girl" from his current album, Gold In The Shadow (Nettwerk Records). The video premieres worldwide at The Sun UK, Exclaim! in Canada and HitFix in the US; check out the full post HERE.
Directed by AG Rojas, the uniquely compelling video juxtaposes light and dark and is an encouragement to those who struggle with anorexia. The subject is close to Fitzsimmons' heart, considering he’s “one of the few and the unproud” 5-10% of males suffering from the eating disorder.
William is currently on the road. See below for full tour dates.
Top-selling chant artist Krishna Das has added four additional stops to his June tour in the cities of Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago and Minneapolis. For the full list of new dates, see below.
Das has been called the “Chant Master of American Yoga” by The New York Times and “Pavarotti of Kirtan” by Yoga Journal and is notable for making yoga and chant music more accessible to Western listeners. His music layers traditional kirtan – chanting of the divine names – over popular arrangements and songs.
The Submarines have announced new June tour dates supporting singer/songwriter Brett Dennen. The duo—Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti—have been on a headline tour since April 7 in support of their third album, Love Notes/Letter Bombs, which came out April 5 (Nettwerk) to rave reviews. The headline dates wrap in their home base of Los Angeles at the Troubadour on May 7; they’ll join Dennen starting June 4 in Milwaukee. For a taste of The Submarines live, check out their mini-concert for BaebleMusic.com at SXSW HERE.
What people are saying about Love Notes/Letter Bombs: "'...the richest, most fully realized Submarines album to date, brimming over with little psychedelic flourishes...and throbbing electronic textures—but more importantly, some of the duo’s prettiest melodies..." -- Metromix (4/5 stars)
"And that’s the Submarines’ secret appeal: They specialize in the sneaky juxtaposition of dark thoughts over bright hooks. Rarely does postmillennial pop music sound so energetic and balanced in its contradictions." -- Paste
"...the music's dichotomies combine to create something beautiful and whole."
"Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti make slick, easy-on-the-ears pop for both lovers going through rough patches and optimistic lonely hearts.” –- Washington Post
Keep reading for more information and full list of tour dates...
“Inspired by bluegrass, fiddle music, Appalachian folk and even hip-hop…Elephant Revival is one of the finest of the young crop of folk artists touring today, and long do I foresee the career of these five unfolding.” —The Huffington Post
Break in the Clouds, the anticipated sophomore album from acclaimed indie acoustic quintet Elephant Revival will be released June 14 on Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. This is the follow-up to the Colorado-based band’s celebrated 2008 self-titled debut, which THISisMODERN lauded as, “unlike any other…their debut makes a statement about originality and musicality that is bold and adventurous.” Break in the Clouds is also already receiving critical attention—the Boulder Weekly declares, “The album brims with poised folk ballads, modern Celtic fiddle dirges, hints of blues and Appalachia…coaxing the spirit but slyly avoiding climbing fully into each form’s body.” In support of the new album, the band will tour throughout this spring and summer, including appearances at Desert Rocks Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival and the Oregon Country Fair. See below for more details and complete tour schedule.
“DJ Dan is an electronic music pioneer and legend." – Metromix.com
Available now, DJ Dan releases In Your Area. The EP features 4 versions of the track, “In Your Area” from his artist album debut, Future Retro. Included in the package is an extended version, a club mix and remix by Grammy-nominated, Morgan Page. Enjoy!
1. In Your Area (Extended Version)
2. In Your Area (DJ Dan Club Mix)
3. In Your Area (DJ Dan Club Dub)
4. In Your Area (Morgan Page Remix)
Last week, Walt Disney Records released the soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, featuring songs performed by Nettwerk-managed artist Bridgit Mendler and the rest of the cast of the movie. Lemonade Mouth premiered on Disney Channel last Friday, April 15. This week, the soundtrack debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200. Check out Bridgit and the rest of the cast performing the song "Somebody" above.
Performed by the stars of the film, the music on the soundtrack is a rich blend of rock, dance, hip-hop and pop styles. The debut single, “Somebody,” sung by Bridgit Mendler, is a moving, hope-filled power ballad, while “Determinate” is an up-tempo dance track. Harmony-rich pop gems like “Turn Up the Music” and the rocker “She’s So Gone” showcase Lemonade Mouth’s DIY approach, while funky, hip-hop songs such as “And the Crowd Goes” and “Don’t You Wish You Were Us” emphasize the band’s humorous side. Others, like the acoustic-flavored “More Than a Band” and the synth-laden dance rocker “Breakthrough” boast positive messages and show what Lemonade Mouth is all about. In addition to his role in the movie and six music performances, Adam Hicks also co-wrote three tracks on the album, “Determinate,” “Breakthrough” and “Livin’ on a High Wire.”
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