Thrilled to share that Washed Up Emo and the Washed Up Emo Podcast have announced Anthology of Emo: Volume One, a milestone literary piece serving as a one-of-a-kind informative companion and faithful guide to the genre of emo. The 376-page book will include interviews with Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Dan Didier and Davey Von Bohlen (The Promise Ring), Mike Kinsella (American Football, Owen, Cap'n Jazz), Norman Brannon (Texas Is The Reason, Shelter, New End Original), Chris Simpson (Mineral), and many more. The book, which will be out this December, features a foreword by Brooklyn Vegan's Andrew Sacher and is available for pre-order now. Be sure to read the full announcement via Pitchfork!
Thrilled to share this wonderful NPR Music piece in which celebrated musician and longtime New Yorker Shilpa Ray takes us through her new record, Door Girl, with exclusive track-by-track commentary. "Door Girl can be heavy," NPR Music writes, "and sometimes so clear-eyed it's cynical - but it's not self-pitying, and for those weary of a New Yorker's navel-gazing, not self-obsessed either... [it] captures New York nightlife in all its sordid, sweaty chaos and supplies caustic commentary on life in the unfeeling city."
Be sure to read the full piece & listen to Door Girl in its entirety over at NPR Music.
Thrilled to share "The Wings," the latest single from Seattle-based composer Shenandoah Davis. It's premiering today on American Songwriter, who declare it "the perfect introduction to her orchestral brand of rock-tinged indie pop and her sweeping, singular voice." Davis' new record, Souvenirs, is out this coming Friday, September 8th on Plume Records. You can read the full piece via American Songwriter and listen to "The Wings" via SoundCloud or Bandcamp.
So excited to share Now, Now's brand new music video for "SGL," premiering today on Nylon. The Minneapolis-based duo released "SGL" as a single earlier in the summer, prompting NPR Music to hail the track as an "instant classic" and name it to their list of 2017's "Songs of the Summer."
Nylon also interviewed the band and discussed everything from their humble Myspace beginnings to their forthcoming record, which will be the first since 2012's critically-acclaimed Threads. You can read the full piece on Nylon and watch the video via YouTube!
Thrilled to see all the love that the new Rainer Maria record, S/T, their first new music in over a decade, has been getting! Stereogum just named S/T their "Album of the Week," calling it "a total reinvention, and a completely successful one," and going on to say that "Rainer Maria are, once again, one of the best bands in the world."
Excited to announce The Safes' new record, Tasty Waves, out September 8th on Hidden Volume Records. The Chicago-based band of brothers have been gaining fans and accolades for years with their "simple but mesmerizing pop" (Pitchfork). Today, Stereogum are premiering the animated music video for "Hometown," the album's lead single, praising the track as "a two-minute blast of good old-fashioned rock'n'roll fun." Be sure to read the whole piece on Stereogum and watch the video via YouTube.
Thrilled to share that NPR Music have debuted a "First Listen" of the brand new Rainer Maria record, S/T, the band's first new music in over a decade. "S/T functions as a natural extension of Rainer Maria's discography," NPR Music states, "while staying true to its members' accumulated wisdom and insight." Be sure to stream the full album via NPR Music and look out for its official release next Friday, August 18th via Polyvinyl.
Psyched to share the latest Rainer Maria single, "Forest Mattress," which is premiering today on Stereogum, who hail the track as a "grand, heartfelt burner." This is the third song to be released off the band's stellar new record, S/T, which comes out on Polyvinyl on August 18th. Be sure to read the whole piece on Stereogum and pre-order the album here!
Thrilled to share this insightful interview with Jake Snider of Minus the Bear on Under the Radar's political column, "Soundtracking the Resistance." Snider discusses the current state of the US, the future of the GOP, and his own, unique political journey. Be sure to read the full piece here!
Excited to share this exclusive Stereogum interview with KC Dalager and Brad Hale of acclaimed Minneapolis duo Now, Now. Meeting up in New York in the midst of the band's recent US tour dates, Dalager and Hale discuss their incredible creative partnership, one that's existed for 15 years now, as well as the work they've been putting in on a new album. You can listen to their new single "SGL" via SoundCloud and read the full interview over at Stereogum!
Thrilled to share that Laura Jane Grace has received this year's Icon Award at the Alternative Press Music Awards. Grace gave a moving and inspiring acceptance speech focused on inclusion and LGBTQ+ visibility, and later in the show, Against Me! gave an incredible performance, which you can watch via Alternative Press. Read the full article on Grace's award there as well!
Excited to share American Football's new music video for "Home Is Where The Haunt Is," one of the tracks off their critically-acclaimed second record, American Football, which came out last fall on Polyvinyl. The video premiered this week on The FADER, who praised "the warmly blurred guitar" and the band's growth towards "bigger-sounding, and more structured" songs on the new record. Directed by Erin Elders, the video follows "three sets of characters whose youthful passions have dulled over time, becoming just a shade of a person." You can watch the video via The FADER or YouTube.
American Football will be playing Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this weekend, and have also announced a string of new east coast dates this November with shows in Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, and DC. Check out all upcoming tour dates on the band's website.
Excited to share the brand new music video for Minus the Bear's "Last Kiss," which premiered last week via VICE Creators Project. Directed by Dan Huiting and filmed at his studio in Minneapolis, the video is intended to look like it was shot through a kaleidoscope. "When I first heard 'Last Kiss,'" Huiting shares, "I instantly saw the band performing in a new, digital world that would be beautifully surreal and geometrically inspired." Check out the rad video below and read the full premiere here!
Thrilled to share that Ruby Force, the latest project from musician Erin McLaughlin, has been named one of Rolling Stone Country's "10 New Artists You Need to Know." They describe her sound as "progressive country with an indie flair, like Jenny Lewis' twangier cousin," going on to add that "she paints colorful tales using a broad sonic palette, drawing from country, Americana, rock and indie pop for a sound that lands somewhere between Rilo Kiley and Nikki Lane."
Be sure to read the full piece here & listen to her new single below!
So excited to share this Pitchfork review of Smidley's brand new self-titled record, which came out last Friday, June 2nd on Triple Crown. Smidley is the project of Foxing frontman Conor Murphy, named after his beloved black lab mutt (RIP).
Pitchfork awarded the album a 7.5, declaring that "on his solo debut, the frontman of emo band Foxing offers a mix of bubble-grunge, jangly power-pop, and breezy balladry," and adding that "it manages to be as heavy and compelling as his main group." You can read the full piece here and buy the album via Triple Crown!
What a weekend! Thrilled to share this New York Times review of the "10 best sets" from Governors Ball 2017, a collection of "gospel rap, kiss-off pop and more." Among those included are headliners Lorde, Chance the Rapper, and Tool, who capped off Sunday night with a set Jon Pareles described as "gorgeously relentless," in addition to acts that played earlier in the day, like Dua Lipa, Charles Bradley, and Lo Moon. You can read the full article here.
Another incredible long weekend on Randall's Island in New York City; here's to 2018!
Excited to share this live video of Minus the Bear playing "Last Kiss" that was featured on Deadspin's "Up All Night." The song comes off their latest record, VOIDS, which came out this past March to much critical acclaim; Noisey praised the "dichotomy between dark imagery and danceable, inventive rock [that] has always been a hallmark of Minus The Bear's sound."
Be sure to watch the video on Deadspin!
Thrilled to share this new interview between Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Speaking at length yesterday, April 4th, the two discussed topics ranging from gender to parenthood to the culture surrounding punk music, including how Grace used punk clothes and style "as a form of armor" growing up. "It was a form of expression, in a way," she shares, "that I couldn't express myself how I wanted to otherwise."
Be sure to listen to the full interview over at NPR Music!
So thrilled to share NPR Music's love of Anna Meredith after her incredible run at SXSW last week. The celebrated UK composer and electronic artist stunned critics and concertgoers alike in Austin, at shows that were a part of her debut US run. As NPR Music states, "Bob [Boilen] describes her SXSW performance as one of the 'most uplifting musical moments' he's seen in his lifetime." Boilen himself took to Instagram while at the festival to herald Anna as "the best artist I've seen at #sxsw2017 and one of the most creative bands I've seen in years."
Read the full piece over at NPR Music to see Anna's inclusion in their roundup, "Why SXSW Matters: The Best of What We Saw, 2017."
Psyched to share that both Anna Meredith and CLOSENESS have been featured on NPR Music's "All Songs Considered" SXSW playlist, praising the former for her incredible ability to "shuffle through instrument loops and stacked harmonies" and the latter for their "dream-pop anthem[s]." Both artists will be playing multiple shows at SXSW this week; be sure to check them out if you're in Austin & listen to the whole playlist here!