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  • Liverpool Five-piece REIGNMAKER Share Debut EP 'We Go Round'

    Fast-rising Liverpool outfit - REIGNMAKER - released their debut EP ‘We Go Round’ today, via Modern Sky UK. the release is led by soaring title track “We Go Round”, an optimistic ode to the band’s growth as artists and as close friends. Fusing swelling indie-rock melodies with buoyant choruses and bittersweet lyricism, the new track siphons Reignmaker’s knack for creating colorful tracks that feel heady and euphoric but loaded with a sting in their tail. Of the new track, the five-piece explain: “This song is very special to us because it’s a reflection of our journey as musicians and as friends. We poured our hearts and souls into this track. It’s a celebration of the ups and downs of life, and how we keep moving forward no matter what. From the lyrics to the driving rhythm section, “We Go Round” is a true representation of our aspiring sound and style.” An assured introduction to the band’s spellbinding style and vision, “We Go Round” is the title-track of the band’s debut EP. A testament to the band’s tight musicianship and sonic creativity, the extended release also features the bouncing, retro rock-infused “Thirteen’s Fate” and ethereal instrumental track “Interlude”. With its arresting take on indie instrumentation, compelling vocal harmonies and earnest lyrics, the EP takes listeners on a dynamic journey that recalls the volatility of youth and its inevitable up-and-down emotions. Having quickly risen up through the underground scene of their native Liverpool, indie quintet Reignmaker have already established their own distinctive style. Channelling youthful spirit and their charismatic scouse personalities to create a sound that radiates uplifting optimism, the band combine swelling rock’n’roll textures with soaring vocal choruses and lyrics filled with a striking poignancy. With two stellar singles already under their belts — “Find My Own Way” and “Stay Behind” — the band have been tipped by BBC Introducing and Steve Lamacq and are quickly becoming one of the most hotly-anticipated young bands in the North West. Fresh off the back of a hometown headline show at the O2 Academy 2, Reignmaker have also recently supported Jamie Webster at Liverpool’s Pier Head and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and amassed packed-out crowds at Neighbourhood Weekender and Liverpool Sound City. With their sights set firmly on a bigger hometown headline show for the end of the year, catch Reignmaker at festivals across the country this Summer. Full dates and details below.

  • Alt Rocker Moon Walker Shares Tenacious Title Track and Music Video

    Today, Brooklyn-based alt-rocker Moon Walker shares the title track out everywhere now, along with its accompanying video from his experimental, timely third LP Apocalypticism due out October 20 and available for pre-order now here. On the title track, Moon Walker staunchly condemns anti-semitism with hard-hitting lyricism and relentless instrumentation to match. Plus, an all-new set of tour dates across the U.S. this Fall with support from Nordista Freeze are on sale now via listentomoonwalker.com/tour. The project's title track, out today, was written in response to the recent wave of anti-semitism brought on by people like Kanye West and Majorie Taylor Greene. The potent track emerged when the realization of just how deep anti-semitic rhetoric runs in America began to set in. With pounding drums and unwavering conviction, the rocker's heartfelt message amplifies as the song unfolds. Moon Walker reveals his connection to the track and its meaningful subject matter: "My family came to America during the Pogroms in the 20's so I'm well aware of the horrific history that has plagued my ancestors. Since I was a kid, I've been made fun of for my hair and my nose and for looking 'too Jewish.' I have, however, never felt unsafe as a Jewish American." Despite encountering anti-semitic graffiti in his neighborhood and his social media comments being flooded with anti-semitism and neo-nazis, Moon Walker is unafraid to embrace who he is and is committed to standing up against the dangerous vitriol that continuously plagues society. The track's accompanying music video, directed by frequent collaborator Madison McConnell, is a defiant commentary on the dangers of succumbing to the status quo and societal norms and seeks to stand up to and resist these harmful systems of oppression. McConnel says, "The "Apocalypticism" video embraces the duality with light and dark. The apocalypse is the victory of dark over light. The imagery used in the video starts with harry and his alter ego. Harry’s alter ego or Mr. Hyde creates a virus using pieces from harry as it slowly kills him. I also tried to juxtapose a vision of the dystopian world we live in with the delusions of many that there are no problems.” Apocalypticism, the piercing forthcoming third album by Moon Walker, is both his most conceptual and most personal yet. Over eight eclectic tracks, Moon Walker imagines an apocalypse and confronts society's troubling inclination towards a hive mind. Much like his earlier work, Moon Walker is unafraid to confront harsh truths and pull back the curtain on the deeply flawed layers of American society. Moon Walker explains, "These are two themes that are usually at the core of most dystopian sci-fi stories, but I think that with the sudden rise of AI and the pandemic, people are starting to get the feeling that they’re closer to reality." "I think, depending on your outlook," Moon Walker continues, "The record will either feel like a very timely and honest assessment of the times we’re leaving through or like a dystopian, sci-fi fantasy record with no tie to reality in any way." This Fall, the rocker will continue to captivate crowds across the country after a summer tour that saw several sold out dates including Nashville, Chicago, Columbus and Denver. Last month, fans in Los Angeles were treated to a high energy show that Valley News calls, "a show that felt larger than life itself." On his first-ever U.S. tour, Moon Walker is witnessing listeners connecting to his lyrics in real time for the first time, and the publication took notice that fans are eagerly repeating his words back to him. San Francisco's Music Junkie Press added it was a "stadium worthy performance" and in D.C. Shutter Up And Listen raved that the performance was filled with, "Electrifying energy, as they "highly recommend catching [Moon Walker's] live show for an unforgettable musical journey." The previously shared honest track and video "American Dream Come True," tackles toxic American work culture and its damage on mental health. Though the track is filled with Moon Walker's signature skepticism of the nation's culture and norms, the latest single marks a notable shift in the rocker's approach to making music. Moon Walker says, "It was my first time using samples of any kind and the vocal performance was quite a bit less melodic than my other music. Lyrically, it serves as a commentary on “hustle culture,” while also discussing the depression that comes as a result of it." Glide Magazine wrote the track's sound is, "somewhat reminiscent of a tone Aphex Twin would use, but as the song moves on there’s more homage to post-punk and psychedelic hardcore like the Mars Volta." The publication notes its distinct singularity, adding, "The final product is all its own though." Its accompanying video, also directed by longtime collaborator Madison McConnell, is the start of a new chapter of Moon Walker, one that sets the tone for much more to come. The video finds Harry Springer, the man behind Moon Walker, face to face with his alter-ego–Moon Walker the musician. McConnell reveals, “The video takes you into a fever dream following Harry and his alter ego, Moon Walker, where Harry begins to lose himself within his alter ego. This video is the preface for what’s to come in a chain of music videos that will follow." The newest project by Moon Walker follows his electrifying sophomore LP The Attack Of Mirrors, which arrived in October 2022. The project finds the musician elevate his nostalgic, alternative garage rock sound over ten eclectic tracks. Springer expands on the poignant, timely lyrics and the thrashing garage rock sound that made his first offering such a success, while also introducing multiple new elements into the fold. In 2022, the album garnered 25M+ streams across platforms and now the musician is busy traveling around the country as he finally brings new music and longtime fan favorites to eager audiences live throughout 2023. Formed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harry Springer created Moon Walker initially as a way to pass time and make extra money through selling songs to sound libraries. Now, Springer composes, produces and performs under the moniker after Moon Walker's debut album, Truth to Power, turned the heads of several tastemakers and garnered millions of streams on Spotify. Westword called Moon Walker's work, "Fuzzed-out 70's rock bliss...politically charged rock music with a sound akin to the White Stripes. Lyrically, the songs are confrontational and sarcastic." New Noise Magazine encouraged listeners to, "Envision a beautiful marriage between The White Stripes, The Talking Heads, even Wild Cherry...there’s a depth to Moon Walker’s music fueled by an old-soul feeling." Raving about his sophomore effort, EUPHORIA. added, "Moon Walker’s The Attack of Mirrors embodies the perfect juxtaposition between raw lyricism, coupled with high-intensity rock that creates a distinct sound all his own. Listeners are immersed in a battle between autonomy and authority." The fall tour, with support from Nordista Freeze will begin in New York, NY on October 19 with the official album release show and move down the East Coast to Chapel Hill, NC before two dates in Florida, and a stop in Atlanta, GA. The end of October sees three dates across Texas with stops in Phoenix, AZ and San Diego, CA in early November. The rocker will then move through the Midwest including St. Paul, MN, Madison, WI, and Detroit, MI before closing in Pittsburgh, PA. See a full list of dates below and grab tickets now at listentomoonwalker.com/tour. The commanding title track and video of Moon Walker potent forthcoming album is out now. Pre-order Apocalypticism here, and don't miss Moon Walker live as he continues his thrilling debut U.S. tour this fall with tickets on sale now here and merch available here. Keep up with the rising rocker on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook and stay tuned for much more to come.

  • Premiere: Adam Lytle Wields the Language of the Unconscious in Single 'Highway Nightmare'

    Adam Lytle confronts the ordinary with the arcane and summons radical transformations with each sonorous figure played on his Spanish guitar. With striking lyricism and evocative arrangements, his solo debut, This is the Fire introduces a new voice in the haunted tower of longing where the likes of Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker reside. Known for the mysterious power of his live performances, Lytle honed his craft for years leading acclaimed bands, Quicksilver Daydream and Wild Leaves. He has won crowds all over North America; sharing the stage with Marlon Williams, Daniel Romano, and Imarhan and appearing at festivals like NXNE, MidPoint Music Festival, and CMJ; with more on the horizon. American musician Adam Lytle shares lead single "Highway Nightmare" from his upcoming album This Is The Fire (due out in October). In his own words, "Highway Nightmare is a song of spinning wheels. It’s a song with no way out. You started down this road so long ago you’ve forgotten how you got there. The thrill had you hooked. You turned the radio up, rolled the windows down, and felt the wind rush through your hair. Life is good when the wheels are in motion. You chased that endless horizon day and night but it was always just out of reach. Before you knew it, you’d lost track of time, missed a turn, and gone too far in the wrong direction. Now, you’re looking for an off-ramp, some way back to where you were before. But that’s not how this highway works and neither does time. There’s no turning this rig around. So, what are you going to do? Count your tear drops ‘til kingdom come? That’s its own kind of dead end. No, the only way forward is through. Take a breath, grip the wheel and pray." Over the course of ten tracks, Lytle explores themes of death, religion, love, and violence with an immediacy reflective of the fragmented nature of our time. The album was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator, Jonathan Schenke of Parquet Courts. Lytle enlisted also arranger Trey Pollard of Faye Webster and Kevin Morby to cloak his stark, lyric-driven performances in dramatic orchestral arrangements. Contributions from Ryan Jewell of Ryley Walker, Scott Colberg of Calexico, James Preston, and Cameron Kapoor further enrich Lytle’s symbolic landscapes. The result is a vivid collection of songs that achieve greater depths of mystery and meaning with time.

  • Viji Announces Highly Anticipated Debut Album So Vanilla and Shares Music Video for “Sedative"

    London-based Austrian-Brazilian artist Viji announces her highly-anticipated debut album So Vanilla. Along with this, she is sharing a video for the hook-heavy, fuzz laden new single “Sedative”. The new album is due out October 27th via London tastemaker label Speedy Wunderground. Referencing the easy, sleazy sounds of the 90s, Viji – real name Vanilla Jenner – has been cementing herself as one of the most exciting alternative artists to watch in the UK right now. Having previously released music on Dirty Hit, she recently signed to Speedy Wunderground and has rapidly built a loyal fanbase whilst receiving widespread plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Introducing, Jack Saunders & Nels Hilton, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, CLASH, Dork, DIY, Wonderland, So Young, and many more. So Vanilla was recorded predominantly in London, in partnership with four-time Mercury Prize nominated producer and Speedy Wunderground label head, Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C., Kae Tempest, Wet Leg). Having finished So Vanilla in November 2022, Viji relays that every song had a different writing process – some saw her and Carey playing guitar chords together for hours, until the sounds fused into one, and others came from late night ramblings at home. Combining fiercely layered guitar melodies with pop hooks and slow, soulful soliloquies, “Sedative” is a perfect introduction to So Vanilla. Speaking on the track, Viji says, “I wrote Sedative about a girl. She’s like a breath of fresh air, and there’s a fine line between friendship and attraction that was hard to navigate. Usually when I meet someone like that I wanna ‘be’ that person, but this time I wanted to be with her." The single is accompanied by a surreal new video directed by Gilbert Trejo. Viji says, “the scenes unlock the dream world inside my head, while being restrained in a padded room. Expect a bit of ‘sucker punch’ with a set of twins in homage to ‘The Shining’”.

  • Atlanta-based Puma Blue Shares New Single "Dream Of You"

    South-London born, Atlanta-based multi-hyphenate Puma Blue – the alias of Jacob Allen – is gearing up to release his highly anticipated second album, Holy Waters, on September 1 via Blue Flowers. Now he shares a brand new single. “Dream Of You” follows recent singles “Hounds”, “Pretty” and “O, The Blood” and is accompanied by a video directed by Sarah E. The video was shot in one take on a very rainy day at Coalhouse Fort in Tilbury on the outskirts of London to black and white 16mm film using a technique called Snorricam where the camera is mounted to Jacob's waist. On the track Jacob says, “This is a love song about how hard it is to watch the one you love suffer. The chorus is about how love can feel so big sometimes it almost swallows you completely. The song is about serious feelings but it’s a joke in some ways. I thought to myself ‘what’s larger than life?’ and the answer ‘death’ came immediately. I don’t even believe that to be true, I think it’s probably the other way around - but this idea that you could love someone so much that every time you think of them feels like dying really tickled me. I was drawn to imagery of Greek Gods and ancestral spirits. Drums were my first instrument and passion before songwriting, and I always wanted to play drums on a Puma track so I played drums on this one.” On the video he added “The video is about trying to outrun death but realizing that I must surrender to its mystery, and accept loss as a natural part of life.” Death nestles like a sweet creature at the heart of Holy Waters, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s debut In Praise of Shadows. It’s less a morbid study in mortality, more a chronicle of the graciousness within each repeated cycle of life, death and rebirth. A substantial leap in Jacob’s artistry, across its eleven tracks, he retraces every path walked in the harshest years of his life with a startling sincerity. Recorded with his live band over the course of two visits to Eastbourne’s Echo Zoo Studios, a joy permeates each sonic corner of Holy Waters, the studio techniques more analogue and experimental than his previous work, but sounding fuller, richer, killing what ego was left in Puma Blue and paying their band-centric debts proudly. Inspired still by luminaries from Jeff Buckley to Björk, more important to Holy Waters was Portishead’s inexplicable marriage of a live band and production, and the improvisational work of Can and Hendrix. This is an album that can be devoured late at night with headphones as much as it can be blasted on the open road. While Holy Waters might be his darkest work to date – even when compared to the morish sadness flooding his breakthrough EPs Swum Baby (2017) and Blood Loss (2018) – it seems to find Puma Blue in a better place than ever. It’s as if death being the centrifuge to the album has made the beautiful moments that remain all the more beautiful; after all the sorrow and pain has passed, Holy Waters basks in them.

  • Slowdive Release Single and Music Video for Latest Single “skin in the game"

    Today, Slowdive present their new song, “skin in the game,” from their forthcoming album, everything is alive, out September 1st on Dead Oceans. Following lead single “kisses,” “skin in the game” is smudged and forlorn, with Neil Halstead’s vocals radiantly emerging from the haze. “I won’t know and you won’t say it now,” he sings, “Cos you don’t say and I will never ask.” Produced by Halstead, everything is alive finds Slowdive — Halstead, vocalist and guitarist Rachel Goswell, guitarist Christian Savill, bassist Nick Chaplin, and drummer Simon Scott — locating even more contours of their immersive, elemental sound. This fall, Slowdive will embark on a North American, UK, and Ireland tour. The North American leg of Slowdive’s tour is nearly sold out, with tickets remaining in Salt Lake City and St. Paul, and a newly added second show in San Francisco. everything is alive contains the duality of Slowdive’s familiar internal language mixed with the exaltation of new beginnings. Six years after their monumental return and self-titled album, Slowdive’s fifth album began with Halstead originally conceiving it as a “more minimal electronic record.” The group collectively gravitated back toward their signature reverb-drenched guitars, however, that first concept seeped into the final compositions. “As a band, when we’re all happy with it, that tends to be the stronger material. We’ve always come from slightly different directions, and the best bits are where we all meet in the middle,” Halstead says. everything is alive spans psychedelic soundscapes, pulsating 80’s electronic elements and John Cale inspired journeys. Dedicated to Goswell’s mother and Scott’s father, who both died in 2020, it’s an exploration into the shimmering nature of life and the universal touch points within it. “There were some profound shifts for some of us personally,” Goswell says. Those crossroads are reflected in the many-layered emotional tenor of Slowdive’s music; everything is alive is heavy with experience, but each note is poised, wise, and necessarily pitched to hope. Its unique alchemy subtly embodies both sadness and gratitude, groundedness and uplift. Slowdive has also launched an official Discord (https://discord.gg/nb4kAedakw) this week. It is the first official shoegaze Discord launched in partnership with the platform, and kicked off with an exclusive preview of this new song and visualiser.

  • MisterWives share fervent 4th studio album 'Nosebleeds' out now

    Today, New York City/Los Angeles-based alt-pop group MisterWives share their fervent, highly anticipated fourth studio album Nosebleeds out everywhere now. Alongside the full album, the band share focus tracks "Dagger" and "Sideways" out now. Plus, The Don't Look Down Tour with Bishop Briggs will set out across North America this fall beginning September 8 with tickets on sale now via misterwives.com/tour. Nosebleeds, the highly anticipated fourth studio album by MisterWives out today, propels the group into all new territory, this time, equipped with bravery, confidence and strength. Through a decade-long career, of tremendous highs and lows, the forthcoming project meets the band at their most evolved as they turn their pain into power. Over ten compelling tracks, the band digs deeper than they ever have before, capturing the nuances of life's highs and lows and re-defining what it means to succeed and to fail. Unafraid to fall apart, the album observes the band piece themselves back together, better than ever before. Now with a new MisterWives era here, lead singer Mandy Lee says, "'Nosebleeds' reclaims the vastness of our full emotional experience without censoring the gruesome truth of feeling beat down and kept high up from where you want to be. A liberating unlearning of silver linings that leans into the messy middle." Alongside a fresh sound, unflinching vulnerability and a palpable confidence, Lee continues, "The album is a homecoming to truth and freedom of self-expression and in doing so, we find ourselves in new territory both sonically and lyrically that unlocked our most raw, dynamic and empowering music yet." One of the last songs recorded for the album, "Dagger" emerged when the album deadline had passed and just the right amount of pressure, lack of sleep and studio fever had set in. In the midst of hardship, "Dagger" provides a space to heal, to forgive and to move forward. Lee explains, "The track captures the duality of forgiving hard times while not rushing your healing." Referencing a lyric from the track that kept resurfacing in the last few years, Lee says, 'When it all goes wrong maybe it’s right' became a little mantra while in the trenches that would help reframe moments that felt like a loss and trusting I was gaining space for something better." The upbeat, earworm "Sideways" out today, grapples with the moments between knowing it's time to leave a relationship and actually leaving. It's a moment that finally puts Lee in the driver's seat of her own life, reclaiming her autonomy and taking her power back. Lee explains the song captures "being at a crossroads of knowing it’s time to let someone go versus actually doing so–it can leave you 'Sideways' and this song is a reckoning of that in-between." The track not only confronts this difficult ambiguity, but offers a moment of respite with a captivating hook and bouncy production. Lee continues, "Writing 'Sideways' was that point of the album where a song about dissociating from toxic relationships as means to cope needed a dance break." The previously shared offering, "Ultraviolet," shows a more vulnerable side of lead singer Mandy Lee as it closes the forthcoming fourteen track collection with a steady moment of reflection, one that grapples with comparison and encourages self-care and compassion. The idea for the song emerged after Lee came across a photo series by artist Debora Lombardi who photographed flowers under ultraviolet light. Lee explains, "These flowers became technicolor revealing fluorescent hues and glittering patterns that were only visible under UV when in complete darkness which made me think about how much light and beauty is uncovered in ourselves when we’ve been through the dark." Describing the touching subject matter, Lee continues, "'Ultraviolet' is a delicate and intimate reflection of struggling with comparison, self deprecation, lack of embodiment and the awareness of wanting to break those lifelong unhealthy coping mechanisms that no longer serve who you want to be." Throughout the track, Lee learns to embrace her flaws and accept herself for who she is, gradually working towards self-empowerment and growth. "Much like the flowers, we all carry so much within ourselves that isn’t presented on the surface and I hope this song is a reminder to be gentle and compassionate with ourselves and each other." The accompanying video, directed by frequent collaborator Matty Vogel, is a quiet moment of reflection set in the Santa Monica Mountains. It's simple, personal and intimate with just Vogel, Lee and a camera in the mountains. FLOOD Magazine, who debuted the video, says, "Matching the track’s gentle soundscape and compassionate lyrics is a visual directed by Matty Vogel, which sees Lee healing from the highly symbolic wounds depicted on the album’s cover." Vogel says, "This song in relation to the album is a moment of peace and reflection and recognition of the pain we all carry and we wanted to make sure the video felt the same way, without the trappings of trying to create something overly polished." Rolling Stone premiered the band's booming title track and video from their empowering collection Nosebleeds. The publication called it their "best music yet." Expanding on the track's meaning, Mandy Lee shared, 'Nosebleeds' encompasses both meanings of the word–feeling high up and beat down–a response to the punches that leaned into the messy middle without fast forwarding to a silver lining. Learning along the way that the journey is both heavy and delicate, vulnerable and strong, betrayal and trust, ugly and beautiful." On the forthcoming album, the band opens up about their struggles, and what it takes to stick together after so many years. "Being a band for ten years and still standing despite the amount of times we’ve been dropped, a bandmate quitting during the pandemic, a divorce–the perfect storm for how bands historically fall apart–felt like a pretty big triumph and moment to allow ourselves to create our fourth record with no limitations and without feeling boxed into what others might expect from us." "Nosebleeds" sees the band aim to let go of outside judgement and criticism and find a deep-rooted confidence on their own. Lee says, "Written during the pandemic and right in the thick of numerous sucker punches, 'Nosebleeds' was one of the first songs I wrote for the album before realizing it would later become the song to spark the overarching theme of the record. Being kept high up in the nosebleeds and on the outside of where you want to be has been a recurring dynamic in my life, especially in an industry that has profited off moving the goalpost or cutting ties if you don’t conform to how they see fit." The week of its release, the track became the second most added song to US Alternative radio and "Nosebleeds" is now the number one track on KYSR LA 98.7. All singles released from the album already have over 6M+ views across TikTok, Instagram + Youtube Shorts. It was the creation of the track that unleashed newfound energy, freedom and creativity, leading to the powerful forthcoming project. Lee continues, "'Nosebleeds' was the first step in letting go of all the naysayers and letting in uninhibited acceptance of myself without outside approval. Not shying away from that radical feeling we matched the music in tone with distorted guitars, gritty synths and a pulsing beat that helped give my voice the confidence I needed to start this next chapter and to keep going." The band's first taste of the triumphant project came with the unapologetic, anthemic track "Out Of Your Mind," which sees the band step out of their comfort zone, embrace uncomfortable feelings and take more artistic risks. They're choosing both "truth" and "dare." PAPER Magazine, who premiered the track, wrote, "MisterWives is stepping into a new era of punk, angst and fury with the release of their single "Out Of Your Mind," a bloodthirsty breakup diatribe...Mandy Lee's vicious hook...infuses the pop-punk track with head-banging messages of empowerment." Set in a rage room, the accompanying video was also directed by Vogel and sees lead singer Lee break free from the confines of harsh expectations and regain her artistic liberty. In celebration of the single's release, the band teamed up with Consequence to present a fan exclusive event at Rage Cage in Brooklyn, NY. Select fans who entered the contest were able to join the band to let out their anger, participate in a Q&A and even hear some unreleased snippets.Like their eager fans, Variety is ready for new MisterWives, writing, "MisterWives are entering a new era in their nearly decade-long career." Atwood Magazine lauded the band's relentless dedication to their craft and loyal fan base, "They have never wavered to fit into a mold, and they have always delivered a genuine and one-of-a-kind experience through their songs and the shows that go with them." Finally, the new MisterWives era is here, this time, equipped with renewed energy, newfound creative freedom and glowing determination. The once technicolor days of the band are now drenched in the blackness of sacred anger, as they embrace their whole selves with their most self-assured release to date, the good, the band, the ugly and the angry. See MisterWives live with Bishop Briggs throughout North America on The Don't Look Down Tour beginning on September 8 in Nashville, TN. The tour will make its way through the East Coast including New York, NY on September 15 at Pier 17 and stop in Toronto, ON on September 19. The band will then move through the Midwest with a stop in Chicago, IL on September 22 and move West to Denver on October 1 with two Texas dates to follow. On October 10, MisterWives will play The Wiltern in Los Angeles, move through San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR and conclude in Seattle, WA on October 15. Get tickets now via misterwives.com/tour. Nosebleeds, the fearless fourth studio album by MisterWives, is out everywhere now via Photo Finish Records. Don't miss MisterWives live throughout North America with Bishop Briggs on The Don't Look Down Tour with tickets on sale now here. Connect with MisterWives on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to stay up-to-date with all things MisterWives.

  • Indie Psych Singer-Songwriter Karina Rykman Shares New Song 'Beacon'

    Acclaimed singer-songwriter-bassist Karina Rykman has shared her latest single, “Beacon,” available everywhere today. The widescreen anthem heralds Rykman’s much-anticipated debut album, JOYRIDE, arriving via AWAL on Friday, August 18. Pre-orders are available now. “I played an instrumental demo to my childhood best friend and podcast co-host Isaac Slone, who said when he heard it, ‘You’re going to play The Beacon with this one,’” says Rykman. “It then took on a double-entendre meaning, as the song was written about trying to be a beacon to a lost soul you want to, but cannot, help. The heavy subject matter is met with dark dance grooves and thick bass chords, as the music envelops the listener much as the water envelops the person who cannot be saved. I did the vocals in one take and they may be my favorite vocal performance to date.” JOYRIDE was initially heralded by the first single and title track, “Joyride.” Equal parts thick bass, ethereal synths, disco-funk guitar, and silky, inviting vocals, the track – which features signature lead guitar from JOYRIDE co-producer Trey Anastasio – expertly captures Rykman’s jubilant brand of sonic exploration, bridging an array of genres to arrive at her own compelling and original take on psychedelic indie rock. Rykman will celebrate JOYRIDE with her biggest headline tour thus far. JOYRIDE Tour 2023 begins September 20 with a sold-out show at Brooklyn, NY’s Baby’s All Right and then travels the US through mid-December. Special guests include Guerilla Toss (September 23-November 4). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.karinarykman.com/tour. Hailed by Relix for her “ability to captivate audiences with her distinctive style and remarkable talent,” Rykman is currently traveling North America on a typically busy summer schedule, including top-billed performances at such festivals as Thornville, OH’s Secret Dreams Music & Arts Festival (August 17-19), Cockeysville, MD’s Hot August Music Festival (August 19), Lake George, NY’s Adirondack Independence Music Festival (September 1-3), Indianapolis, IN’s All In Music & Arts Festival (September 9), Mundelein, IL’s The Miracle In Mundelein (September 10), Fredericton, NB’s Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (September 15), Greenfield, MA’s Wormtown Music Festival (September 15-17), and East Aurora, NY’s Borderland Music Festival (September 17). Born and raised in New York City, Karina Rykman’s musical path began in her early teens playing in bands whenever she could while attending a veritable ton of live music as a fan. Her prowess on the bass guitar soon landed her a number of high-profile television gigs spanning America’s Got Talent to backing up pop star Julia Michaels on TODAY. By the end of her senior year at NYU, Rykman’s talent and infectious spirit saw her invited to join pianist Marco Benevento’s band (as recommended by Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz), with whom she performed countless shows including dates with Vulfpeck, Dispatch, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Guster, and many more. Rykman soon formed her own namesake band, accompanied by Adam November (guitar, loopers, effects) and Chris Corsico (drums). She quickly earned a reputation amesmerizing, unmissable live act, lighting up an array of international stages with headline sets, show-stealing festival performances (including Bonnaroo, Peach Music Festival, and Sweetwater 420 Fest), shows alongside Khruangbin, Guster, and The Disco Biscuits (among others), and recent appearances sitting in with the 8G Band on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. That same spellbinding power was soon captured on a series of independent singles, including “Elevator” and the million-streaming “Plants,” both of which have now been newly enhanced for Rykman’s debut album, JOYRIDE. Written and recorded with childhood friend, producer Gabe Monro, the album serves as a vivid canvas for Rykman’s vibrant expression and chameleonic songcraft. JOYRIDE features Trey Anastasio as co-producer and featured musician, contributing guitar on five of the album’s nine tracks. The collaboration is the outcome of a happenstance encounter when both artists performed at 2021’s Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA. Anastasio took a profound interest in being a part of Rykman’s debut album, offering the use of his storied Vermont studio, The Barn, along with the suggestion to work with renowned mixer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Swans, Ramones).

  • Austin Texas Trio Being Dead Premieres Debut Album and Shares “The Great American Picnic” Video

    Austin, TX trio Being Dead shares the new single/video, “The Great American Picnic,” from their debut album, When Horses Would Run, out today on Bayonet. The album’s opening track gallops in with a rush of Western rhythms and chanting vocals, cementing the album as some sort of slap-in-the-face call-to-arms. “The Great American Picnic” is “a song about violent self-improvement,” the band says. Its gargantuan video — directed by Kai Winikka — is a larger-than-life translation of Being Dead’s weirdo-best-friend vibes. “With this video we’re really trying to bring back pillaging and total carnage,” they continue. “Our biggest fear is that people will think we were in costume — like hair and makeup — but the reality of the situation is that those were our real abs and arm muscles.” When Horses Would Run — the debut album from best friends Falcon B*tch, Gumball, and Ricky Moto — propels listeners into vivid landscapes: desert planes, dirty basements, and lush rolling hills. They began writing what would eventually become When Horses Would Run back in 2017, with Falcon B*tch likening the album to a kind of collage of Being Dead so far. “This is definitely a collection of songs from different versions of ourselves,” she says. Recorded at Radio Milk with producer/engineer Jim Vollentine (Spoon, White Denim), When Horses Would Run spit-shines Being Dead’s sound without diminishing their unique bond. “Our music is really a slice of our friendship,” says Falcon B*tch. “We've lived together and we're always together and I feel like it's a palpable thing.” The nurturing foundation of these platonic soulmates urges Being Dead to be their full, freaky selves, prodding at the absurdity of the world with slick n’ dreamy strums, gritty percussion, and kaleidoscopic harmonies. At their renowned live shows, Falcon B*tch and Gumball both sing and swap duties on baritone guitar and drums, commanding the attention of even the most passive concert-goers. Underlined by bassist Ricky Moto, the band prances merrily into the hearts of everyone from the roughest and toughest barbarians to the most angelic little babies. This spontaneous, gung-ho approach marks a refreshing originality in Being Dead. When Horses Would Run celebrates the nourishing merriment of friendship, the importance of enjoying the here and now, and creating simply for the hell of it. Here we have a reminder that we can not only move through the burdens of our past, but we can have company —and fun —while doing it.

  • Nashville tunesmith Patrick Davis shares new song 'Beautiful Day for Flying'

    NASHVILLE, TN - Patrick Davis, acclaimed Nashville-based songwriter has shared his newest single titled “Beautiful Day For Flying” which was co-written with Wyatt Durrette and Channing Wilson and is simply a good old-fashioned love song. "With 'Beautiful Day For Flying' we set out to write a song that from the first listen feels like something you would swear is a classic. A song that’s been heard, sung and danced to a million times over,” says Davis. “Anyone who has ever fallen in love knows it does feel like flying. After all it is called “falling in love.” Our hope was to put that almost indescribable feeling into a lyric and I believe we accomplished that, or at least came very close." Davis has spent two decades leaving his mark onstage, on record, and in the writing room. He's a critically-acclaimed solo artist. A road warrior. An organizer of music festivals like Songwriters in Paradise, and most importantly, Davis has established himself as a prolific songwriter, penning tunes not only for his own albums but also for icons like Guy Clark and Jimmy Buffett. With Carolina When I Die, Davis reintroduces himself as a Southern storyteller and classic craftsman. It's a modern-day album steeped in the timeless sounds of his influences: the smooth soul of Ray Charles, the heartland folk-rock of Jackson Browne, the nuanced country of Lyle Lovett, and the big-band bombast of Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Tying those sounds together is a versatile musician who, having already established himself as a hit songwriter for others, is rededicating himself to his own records. Carolina When I Die may be the fifth full-length release of Davis' catalog, but it marks a new beginning, too. "I've always said I'm a very late bloomer," he explains. "I didn't move to Nashville until I was 25, and then I spent years writing songs for projects that weren't my own. It's taken me some time to figure out who I am, and that's ok. The journey never ends. If it does, maybe you're not doing it right. To me, Carolina When I Die is one of the most important parts of that journey, because it's an album that says, 'This is who Patrick Davis truly is.'" Carolina When I Die nods to Davis' small-town roots in Camden, South Carolina, where he spent most of his adolescence. His father was a working musician who taught his son to appreciate the good stuff, from the Beatles to Van Morrison. When he was still young, Davis would attend his dad's shows and climb onstage for a song or two, laying the foundation for the career he'd launch as an adult. With "Carolina When I Die," the album's title track, he reflects on countless miles traveled since leaving that childhood home. "I've rambled all around this world, seen the Northern Lights / I have drank with kings and queens and señoritas of the night," he sings over a finger-plucked acoustic guitar. The song isn't just a travelogue; it's a love song for one's home, with Davis longing to go back to the place where it all began. If "Carolina When I Die" unfolds like Davis' own story, then "Six String Dreams" is the story of musicians everywhere. Written alongside Sadler Vaden — longtime guitarist for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit — and rooted in a 1970s-worthy soul groove, the song pays tribute to blue-collar troubadours who make their living beneath the stage lights. During the rest of Carolina When I Die, Davis gets funky on "L-O-V-E" (written with Randolph Randolph, who recorded his own version of the song on the Grammy-nominated album Got Soul), teams up with the late Guy Clark for "Wrong Side of the Tracks," and examines the colorblind friendship between two characters on the stunning "Black Jesus." Some songs make room for stacked layers of electric guitar, brass, organ, and vocal harmonies — a dense sound that Davis regularly recreates in a live setting with his 11-piece touring band, Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir — while others are simple, stark, acoustic recordings that shine a light on Davis' own delivery. It's an eclectic mix, delivered by a lyrically-driven songwriter who's never been afraid to embrace the full range of his influences. "When I was a kid in South Carolina, I made my living by playing songs in the corner of a bar," Davis remembers. "Once I moved to Nashville and landed a publishing deal, it took me away from that experience a little bit. I've been lucky — a lot of people have recorded my songs, and some of them have become hits on the radio — but I've always wanted to be that person onstage, playing his own songs. Carolina When I Die isn't about someone else; it's about who I am. This is the sound of me reclaiming a dream."

  • Strange Ranger Present New Single and Music Video for "Wide Awake"

    New York and Philly-based quartet present their new single/video, “Wide Awake,” from their highly anticipated new album, Pure Music, out this Friday on Fire Talk. “Wide Awake” is another thrilling glimpse of Strange Ranger’s ever-evolving sonic journey, a full-blown synth-pop anthem featuring vocals from Isaac Eiger and Fiona Woodman. The accompanying video, directed by Lola Dement Myers and shot by Ben Turok, recalls the chic nonchalance of early-aughts pop stardom, with Woodman seen across fisheye malls, escalators, and NYC subways. “Wide Awake” is the latest on an electric trail of singles: “glitchy” and “unpredictable” (NPR Music) “Rain So Hard,” the “tantalizing” (FADER) “She’s On Fire,” and the “characteristically unclassifiable” (FLOOD) “Way Out.” “I was thinking about these flashes of memory that stick in your head forever,” Eiger says of “Wide Awake,” continuing, “Bursts of senses that return every now and again but don’t lead anywhere beyond themselves like a GIF in your brain. It’s weird to think about what stays with you and if that’s at all related to how important the thing in question was.” Next month, Strange Ranger will perform a pair of Pure Music release shows at DROM in New York City and Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. The following month, Strange Ranger will embark on a headlining North American tour, including stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and more. Full dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now. Ever since Stranger Ranger hit the house show circuit many years ago, Eiger has returned to a Burial quote from one of his few recorded interviews: “Being on your own listening to headphones is not a million miles away from being in a club surrounded by people. Sometimes you get that feeling like a ghost touched your heart, like someone walks with you.” Though that Burial quote resonates, the songs that make up Pure Music have a pulse so strong they’re practically breathing; not touching your heart, but gripping it. Pure Music is easily the band’s most exciting and ambitious work to date. Eiger, Woodman, Nathan Tucker, and Fred Nixon recorded Pure Music at a cabin in upstate New York as a blizzard raged outside. The album elucidates the promise of No Light in Heaven, their 2020 mixtape that hinted the band was cocooned in a state of near total transformation. Pure Music emerged from the same sessions, and while No Light in Heaven resembles, in places, bygone iterations of Strange Ranger’s sound, Pure Music was made with so little concern for what anyone might expect of them, as if they were a band without history. Eiger and Woodman sing dual vocals on all songs except for “Blue Shade” and “Ask Me About My Love Life,” which showcase Woodman alongside Nixon. The result is an album that feels out of this time, one that lives in a dimension running parallel to ours. Pure Music embodies that manic state through interstitial interludes laced with YouTube samples that connect each track to the next so as to submerge the listener in its world, one that rewards catharsis. “Music makes us transcend the feeling of being alienated from or trapped by the world,” Woodman says. “I want the experience of listening to Pure Music to be euphoric.”

  • MJ Lenderman Signs To ANTI- and Presents New Single and Music Video "Rudolph"

    Today, MJ Lenderman — Asheville, NC’s effortlessly disarming singer-songwriter and guitarist of the band Wednesday — announces his signing to ANTI- and presents a new single/video, “Rudolph.” “Rudolph” marks Lenderman’s first new music following the release of his breakthrough 2022 LP, Boat Songs, which was released to a wealth of praise and deemed one of the year’s best records by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR Music, Paste, and many others. Lenderman comments, “‘Rudolph’ was the first song I wrote after the release of Boat Songs. I had been sitting on the guitar part for a long time and slowly worked out the song whenever I could in between tours in 2022. I finished the lyrics with my friend one late night after a Wednesday gig in Atlanta.” “Rudolph waking up in the road / Dew dripping off his red nose / Blue and black tire track torn / Through a beautiful doe” repeats the chorus, highlighting Lenderman’s juxtaposition of the gentle and the extreme. “Rudolph” will be the A-side to a forthcoming 7-inch single, which can be pre-ordered here and will be out this Fall. Warped pedal steels and skuzzed out guitar; a voice reminiscent of the high-lonesome warble of a choirboy; the keen observations and reflections of a front stoop philosopher. MJ Lenderman’s songs snake their way from a lo-fi home recording to something glossier made with longtime friends at a hometown studio, but the recording setting doesn’t seem to matter much – at its core, a Lenderman song rings true. His music spans stories about everything from a relationship disintegrating outside the high-end butcher shop to a sighting of football star Dan Marino at the local Harris Teeter; from a love song built around a t-shirt kiosk at the airport, or the malaise of a grill rusting in the rain. And those are just some of the things you might find across his three solo records: MJ Lenderman (2019, Sub-Fi), Ghost of Your Guitar Solo (2021, Dear Life), and acclaimed studio debut, Boat Songs (2022, Dear Life). This week, Lenderman will embark on a U.S. tour, bringing his “righteously ragged” (Under The Radar) live show to the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Other stops include Nashville, Los Angeles, and a performance at Woodsist Festival. Full dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now. MJ Lenderman Tour Dates Wed. July 19 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East Thu. July 20 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop Bar Fri. July 21 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall Sat. July 22 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival Sun. July 23 - Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival Fri. Aug. 4 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Tue. Aug. 8 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy + Harriet’s Thu. Aug. 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Fri. Aug. 25 - Port Townsend, WA @ Thing Fest Sat. Sept. 23 - Sun. Sept. 24 - Accord, NY @ Woodsist Festival

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