Thrilled to share that American Nightmare are on the cover of New Noise issue #39 for flexi subscribers! With art designed by Linas Garsys, the flexi features American Nightmare covering The Lemonheads’ “Clang Bang Clang,” which originally appeared on the band’s 1988 Creator album. More info on the issue & link to order can found here! American Nightmare will be available in stores & online through Rise Records next Friday, February 16th.
Thrilled to see the recognition for Governors Ball from Consequence of Sound as one of the best music festivals in the USA; to put it in their own words, "It's time to start planning your year around these names."
"In 2011, Governors Ball brought more than a splash, it brought a New York-shaped tidal wave," Consequence of Sound write, adding that the festival has since grown into "a massive three-day blowout that not only meets and exceeds the expectations set by that [first year], but in America's biggest, most culturally important city." Be sure to read the full piece over at Consequence of Sound and check out the festival's 2018 lineup below.
Head to govball.com for tickets!
Acclaimed UK composer and electronic artist Anna Meredith has released a new single, "Calion," and we're thrilled to share its write-up in Pitchfork's tracks section. "Weaving between bright beams of organ and darting polyrhythms," Pitchfork write, "'Calion' suggests a ride through an astral obstacle course, conveying a vivid sense of forward motion while following hairpin plot twists... in 'Calion,' [Meredith] crafts something mesmerizing." The stunning single was released last week on Adult Swim as a part of their singles program.
Excited to share that Dave Knudson of Minus the Bear was interviewed for a recent, gear-focused Pitchfork article entitled "The Line 6 DL4 Is Quietly the Most Important Guitar Pedal of the Last 20 Years."
"Revered by guitarists for his double-handed tapping technique," Pitchfork writes, "Knudson has been known to use as many as four DL4 pedals at a time now. But the clipped fingerprint of the DL4 loop first emerged in Minus the Bear's catalog on 'The Game That Needed Me,' the opening track from the Seattle band's second LP, 2005's Menos El Oso." Be sure to read the full piece on Pitchfork!
Excited to share that Wild Child has been featured in Refinery29's latest "New Music To Know This Week" roundup! "'Sinking Ship' is a must listen if you liked Gary Jules' cover of 'Mad World' in Donnie Darko and need a little more of that in your life," Refinery29 write, adding that companion single "'Back & Forth' is a more rollicking, but still delicate, piece of work. There's something for everyone here."
You can read the full piece over at Refinery29, and listen to both "Sinking Ship" and "Back & Forth" via SoundCloud. Both songs are off the band's forthcoming album, Expectations, out February 9th on Dualtone Records.
Thrilled to share that Idolator chose Now, Now's stunning, hiatus-breaking single "SGL" as #1 on their list of "The 50 Best Pop Songs of 2017." Clocking in above top 40 vets such as Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, and Charlie Puth, Idolator's Mike Wass describes "SGL" as "...a hazy, windows-down indie-pop anthem that just happens to be my favorite song of the year." He goes on, praising the Minneapolis duo's track for being, "catchy without trying, pop-centric but only just, everything about this track feels loose and authentic and destined to soundtrack a really good road movie one of these days."
You can watch the music video for "SGL" via YouTube and read the full roundup on Idolator!
We're so excited to share that Laura Jane Grace has been featured as a "force for good" in the February 2018 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The issue's theme is "What defines you?" and Grace was called on to write a touching, relevant piece on the importance of pronouns and their power as a means of respecting one another. "When you're unsure about someone else, try reverting to gender-neutral options like 'they/them/their,'" Grace writes, adding, "If that requires an expanded way of thinking and communicating, then so be it... Language has evolved, and so should we." Be sure to check out a copy of the issue, on shelves now!
Excited to share two new Wild Child singles, which premiered yesterday on Consequence of Sound. "Sinking Ship" and "Back & Forth," produced by Max Frost and Delta Spirit's Matthew Logan Vasquez, respectively, are the latest singles to be released off the Austin-based band's forthcoming record, Expectations. "...the album learns from the lessons of different experiences," Consequence of Sound writes, "both in its examinations of romance and its very recording process," further praising the album for showcasing how the band has "embraced life's piecemeal reality," and translated that reality into song.
Read the full feature here to find out how core songwriters Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins were inspired by Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and Shel Silverstein while writing. Wild Child's new record, Expectations, comes out February 9th on Dualtone Records.
Thrilled to share this in-depth interview with Dan Deacon for Rolling Stone. They discuss his work scoring the new documentary, Rat Film, his musical upbringing and childhood love of Aerosmith, and his thoughts on the current state of the Baltimore DIY scene, of which he's always been a champion. Be sure to read the full interview here!
Chasms' tour with Houses of Heaven and Odonis Odonis starts Wednesday in San Diego and will include shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and more. The LA Times interviewed the band ahead of the tour, and you can read the full feature here. Grateful for this thoughtful piece.
Chicago band of brothers The Safes are wrapping up their fall tour in support of their most recent full-length, Tasty Waves, next week on Wednesday, November 22nd with a hometown show at Beat Kitchen. We're excited to share this Chicago Tribune feature interview ahead of the show, where Frankie O'Malley discusses moments of his childhood, the role music plays in his life, and the multi-decade collaborative relationship he's shared with his brother, Patrick. Be sure to read the full piece here!
Thrilled to share Now, Now's Tiny Desk session for NPR Music. The Minneapolis-based duo performed beautiful, stripped-down versions of their songs "Yours," "SGL," and "Separate Rooms." They "took the stage with a minimal setup (dig the sampler as drum kit) that laid the vocals bare, but still lent the songs a room-filling pulse," NPR Music share. Be sure to watch the full session here and continue to get psyched for more Now, Now shows and releases to come in 2018.
Thrilled to share Now, Now's brand new music video for their single "Yours," premiering today on NPR Music, who praise the song as "irresistibly full-throttle." Directed by Alexa San Román, frontwoman KC Dalager shares that "this video embodies the exact emotions I was experiencing while we were writing the song - feelings of longing, devotion and persistence." NPR Music describe the video as "simulat[ing] the heady rush of an all-consuming crush," full of clips of "Dalager stumbling on a beach at twilight and smoldering in shades of neon."
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.