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KT Tunstall Announces New Album 'KIN' To Be Released September 9th

posted Jul 15, 2016, 6:54 AM by Vu Nguyen

KT Tunstall returns with an explosive 11 track collection of songs on her fifth studio album
KIN to be released September 9th  on Caroline Records. The album will be available for pre-order at all participating retailers.

Two years ago, KT Tunstall thought she was done with music: "As an artist I feel like I died," she says. "I stopped. I gave up. I didn't want to do it anymore." She put her stuff in storage and bought a little house in Venice Beach, California and enrolled in the Sundance Institute's elite Film Composers Lab. It was a turning point in her life.

Two years later KIN was born. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Fitz and the Tantrums, Air, M83 and more), and written and recorded by KT in LA, it exemplifies the very best of guitar pop. "The truth is, I've finally made peace with being a pop songwriter," KT says. "This record was very much embracing my dharma as an artist, which is to write positive songs that have muscle, but also show their vulnerability."

It has been over ten years since KT released her multi-platinum debut, Eye To The Telescope, and in KIN, KT sees its full bodied and blooded follow up. The album's new focused sound is exemplified by the teaser track 'Evil Eye'; a stripped back, primal rock 'n' roll track that seeded the whole record. The album's lead single 'Maybe It's A Good Thing' shows KT in top form: a moment in life captured in a bright, powerful pop song with an irresistible and unforgettable melody.

The diverse collection also includes a duet with KT fan James Bay, the raucous rebellion of 'It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am', 'Run On Home', the call to arms of 'Hard Girls', and the beautiful album closer 'Love Is An Ocean'.

Amazon will have limited signed copies of KIN available while supplies last. In addition, Barnes & Noble will have an exclusive, limited edition colored vinyl version of KIN, again while supplies last.

KT has released five albums internationally, to date: Eye to the Telescope (2004), KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza (2006), Drastic Fantastic (2007), Tiger Suit (2010) and Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013). Her music has also figured prominently in film and television including The Devil Wear's Prada, Grey's Anatomy, Winter's Tale and many more. She has won a BRIT Award, an Ivor Novello Award and earned both Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations.

KIN full track listing:

1. Hard Girls
2. Turned A Light On
3. Maybe It's A Good Thing
4. Evil Eye
5. It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am
6. On My Star
7. Two Way
8. Run On Home
9. KIN
10. Everything Has Its Shape
11. Love Is An Ocean

US Tour Dates:

September 14 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
September 15 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ONT
September 17 Royale Boston, MA
September 18 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
September 19 Irving Plaza New York, NY
September 21 House of Blues Chicago, IL
September 22 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
September 23 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
September 24 Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, MN
September 27 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
September 28 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
September 29 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
October 2 House of Blues San Diego, CA
October 3 The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA

Broken Social Scene Announce Live Dates in Chicago and New York

posted Jul 13, 2016, 8:18 PM by Vu Nguyen

Broken Social Scene 2016 -
credit: Kevin Drew
Toronto, Canada's Broken Social Scene has announced their first shows together as a band since 2011. These select shows are the only opportunities for fans to see the beloved reunited band in 2016. The dates are:

7/14/16      Chicago, IL @ The Metro (Pitchfork Festival pre-show)
7/15/16      Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival
7/21/16      Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/22/16      New York, NY @ Panorama Festival
9/2/16        Ireland @ Electric Picnic
9/3/16        England @ Festival No. 6
9/4/16        England @ End Of The Road Festival

The band's set at this year's Pitchfork Festival will also be livestreamed on Friday July 15th. Check for timing.

Broken Social Scene has also begun to work on new songs together, recording their first new material as a group since the release of 2010's critically-loved Forgiveness Rock Record. More details will be revealed soon.

Courtney Barnett releases video feat. Sleater-Kinney, Jeff Tweedy & more

posted Jul 6, 2016, 6:17 AM by Vu Nguyen

The past few years have seen the meteoric rise of Courtney Barnett to the higher echelons of indie rock superstardom. If her debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit finally heralded the arrival of a truly unique and distinctive songwriting voice, everything that has taken place after has only confirmed it. For being nominated for a Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, to appearing on TV shows such as Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, The Colbert Show and Conan and, recently, closing out the latest season of Saturday Night Live, Barnett has shown that following her own idiosyncratic path is the best, surefire path to success.

Now, in keeping with her deliciously skewed sense of humor, Barnett reveals her best video yet, for her new single "Elevator Operator". Directed by Sunny Leunig (son of legendary Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig, who himself appears briefly in the video) and crammed with cameos from a raft of similarly off kilter, counterculture stars such as Sleater-Kinney, Magda Szubanski ("Kath & Kim"), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), and musical Antipodean legends such as The Drones, Tim Rogers and Paul Kelly, it features Barnett as a harassed elevator operator encountering a series of strange, surreal characters before, just like the song itself, ending up on the rooftop of Melbourne's Nicholas Building with her band, looking over the ledge for "perception and clarity", imagining she's "playing Sim City". It is yet another potent reminder of what makes Courtney Barnett so inimitably Courtney Barnett - a gloriously odd and slyly humorous slice of life that only she can imbue with such wit and imagination. 

Barnett will be returning to the US later this year to play the inaugural Sound On Sound festival in Austin as well as a show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. These will be the last US shows for 2016.


7.8.16 - NOS Alive Festival - Lisbon, Portugal
7.9.16 - Bilbao BBK Live - Bilbao, Spain
7.10.16 - Musilac - Aix Les Bains, France
7.13.16 - Somerset House - London, United Kingdom
7.15.16 - Latitude Festival - Southwold, United Kingdown
7.17.16 - Longitude Festival - Dublin, Ireland
7.19.16 - Paleo Festival - Nyon, Switzerland
7.2216 - Fuji Rock Festival - Niigata, Japan
7.24.16 - Splendour In The Grass - Byron Bay, Australia
11.4.16 - Sound On Sound Fest - Mcdade, TX
11.8.16 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
11.16.16 - Audio Club - Sao Paulo, Brazil
11.17.16 - Circo Voador - Rio De Janerio, Brazil

The Flaming Lips, Few Spirits and Status Serigraph Announce Whiskey Collaboration

posted Jul 6, 2016, 6:13 AM by Vu Nguyen

FEW Spirits
 today announces a truly unique collaboration with legendary Grammy-winning band THE FLAMING LIPS: Brainville Rye Whiskey. The whiskey is made from a combination of rye, corn and malted barley grown within 150 miles of the FEW distillery, and aged in new, charred American oak barrels custom-made in Minnesota. Like FEW's award-winning regular rye whiskey, the mash is fermented using a French wine yeast, giving the whiskey stone-fruit, apple and pear notes over a background of sharp spice.
"Whiskey... it's such a volatile drink. Upon pouring a drink It's like accepting that you may become a werewolf ... And really... Who doesn't want to become a werewolf ??? Ha..." says Flaming Lips lead singer, Wayne Coyne, in typical cryptic fashion.
Brainville Rye features an appropriately psychedelic LIPS-ian label designed by Justin Helton of Status Serigraph, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based studio. Helton has designed materials for some of today's biggest musical acts, festivals and entertainment brands. Working with bands like Phish, The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Ween, The Black Keys; breweries including Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Great Raft Brewing; and festivals like Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Austin City Limits and Outside Lands, he's created an array of designs for the music industry. Working out of his studio in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., he uses a unique blend of design, illustration, and typography in his work, and his posters are screen-printed by hand. Helton is well-known for his limited-edition posters and merchandise, and being a longtime fan of THE FLAMING LIPS, he wanted to create a truly special product for them, which led to the birth of Brainville Rye Whiskey. The whiskey will be bottled in the same iconic rectangular bottles used for all of FEW's spirits and available as a limited edition of only 5,000.
The collaboration actually holds quite a bit of resonance for FEW Spirits' founder and master distiller Paul Hletko: Before founding the distillery, he played lead guitar in a band called BerBer (short for Bourbon Bourbon, ironically) that got some local radio airplay and a feature at the CMJ Music Marathon in the early '90s; ran a short-lived record label called Hank's Recording Empire ("we put out one record, and it was a dismal failure," he says); and opened a guitar effects-pedal company called Custompbox. "Music has always been an important part of my life, and when Justin Helton's manager called me about a collaboration with THE FLAMING LIPS and Warner Bros. Records to create a custom spirit, it was a no-brainer; they knew exactly which distillery they wanted to work with," Hletko says.

Brainville Rye will be bottled at 80-proof and will roll out to better retailers in key FEW Spirits markets this October. The suggested retail price will be $124.99 for a 750-mL bottle.

THE FLAMING LIPS are currently are currently on tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
July 15              Columbus, OH              Promo West Fest
July 17              Birmingham, AL             Sloss music & Arts Festival
Aug  07             Charlbury, UK                Wilderness Festival
Aug  20             Monterrey, MEX            Hellow Festival
Sep 16              Chicago, IL                   Riot Festival & Carnival
Sep 17              Ft. Wayne, IN                Middle Waves Music Festival
Oct  01             New Orleans, LA            Bear Creek Bayou
Oct 15              Buenos Aires, ARG       Festival Blue
Expect additional LIPS news to be revealed soon. Until then visit:
About Few Spirits
Based in Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb that was once an international headquarters for the temperance movement, Few Spirits is a craft distillery making whiskies and gins from locally grown grains and other ingredients sourced as close to home as possible, including Cascade hops grown in master distiller Paul Hletko's own backyard. Few Rye Whiskey was named Whisky Advocate's Craft Whiskey of the Year in 2013, and its Bourbon Whiskey and Barrel Gin were both awarded gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute. For more information about Few and its award-winning spirits, visit

Frances Announces New Single 'Say It Again'

posted Jul 2, 2016, 1:00 AM by Vu Nguyen

Today Frances announces her new single 'Say It Again' which is due for release on Friday 1st of July, impacting on Friday, August 19th through Capitol Records. 'Say It Again' was co-written and produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck).

'Say It Again' is an expressively penned track with a melodic simplicity and infectious chorus that encapsulates Frances' innate skill of setting a visual story to music. Frances' storytelling ability breathes life into this lyrically poignant track. Speaking on the song, Frances says 'It's a wonderful feeling to be in love. But sometimes we all have moments where we want someone to say 'I love you' again, just so we can check we heard them right.'

In less than a year Frances has solidified herself as one of 2016's fastest rising stars, winning critical acclaim across the board, sweeping nominations for both the esteemed Brits Critics Choice and BBC Sound of 2016 Poll and hitting No.1 in Portugal on both the iTunes and Shazam charts with her debut single 'Grow' after a recent TV spot.  'Say It Again' is the follow-up to previous acclaimed singles 'Don't Worry About Me' (which amassed over four million streams on Spotify and hit Radio 1's B List) and the striking 'Borrowed Time', co-written with Howard Lawrence from Disclosure.

Frances made appearances at Coachella, The Great Escape and SxSW earlier this year, as well as performing a sold out show at KOKO in London in May as part of her UK headline tour. Last week Frances made her Glastonbury debut, performing an incredible show on the Pussy Parlure stage and a much heralded secret set on the BBC Introducing stage. This summer sees Frances perform at festival stages including Bestival, Latitude, T in The Park, Lollapalooza, Longitude and many more.

Forthcoming Festival Live Dates:

01.07.16 Blissfields Festival, Winchester UK
03.07.16 Barn On The Farm Festival, Gloucester UK
07.07.16 House Festival, Marble Hill Park
09.07.16 T in The Park, Strathallan Scotland
13.07.16 EDP Cool Jazz, Portugal Lisbon
15.07.16 Latitude Festival, Suffolk UK
16.07.16 Longitude, Dublin Ireland
17.07.16 Truck Festival, Oxfordshire UK
22.07.16 Blue Balls Festival, Lucerne Switzerland
24.07.16 Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool UK
28.07.16 Lollapalooza, Chicago USA
30.07.16 Osheaga Festival, Montreal Canada
18.08.16 Frequency Festival, St. Pölten Austria
21.08.16 Dockville, Hamburg, Germany
27.08.16 Popaganda Festival Stockholm, Sweden
04.09.16 Festival No.6, Portmeirion UK
11.09.16 Bestival, Isle of Wight UK

Frances releases her new single 'Say It Again' on Friday 1st of July, impacting Friday, August 19th through Capitol Records.

British Psych-Rock Band Syd Arthur Release New Track "Sun Rays" Today

posted Jul 2, 2016, 12:57 AM by Vu Nguyen

British psych-rock band Syd Arthur release a brand-new track, entitled "Sun Rays" today via all participating digital retailers.  In June, the band unveiled the video for "Apricity," the title track from their upcoming new album out October 21st on Harvest Records, available for pre-order now.  Those who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of both "Apricity" and "Sun Rays" for which a video will be released in the coming weeks as part of a trilogy co-directed and conceptualized by singer-guitarist Liam Magill and Gavin Bush.  
Syd Arthur is brothers Liam Magill, Joel Magill (bass, vocals), and Josh Magill (drums) and Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin). Formed in Canterbury, England, in 2003, the band has explored the myriad possibilities of improvisation, taking an exceptional approach born of prodigious musicianship, elemental songcraft, and an unabashed spirit of adventure. They have released three albums, including 2014's Sound Mirror, and earned recognition as a thrilling live act. Syd Arthur has played myriad UK headline shows and support slots alongside such artists as White Denim, Jonathan Wilson, The Pixies, Sean Lennon's The Ghost Of A Sabertooth Tiger, and Paul Weller.
Syd Arthur will hit the road with Jake Bugg on September 7th. Prior to that, they will perform at England's Bushstock and Glastonbury Festivals, as well as Riot Fest in Denver and the Sonic Boom Festival and X Fest in Canada. Please see below for all of the band's upcoming tour dates.
The track-list for Apricity is as follows:

Coal Mine
Plane Crash In Kansas
No Peace
Sun Rays
Into Eternity
Rebel Lands
Syd Arthur Tour Dates With Jake Bugg:

09/07   Vancouver, BC            Commodore Ballroom
09/08   Seattle, WA                 The Showbox
09/09   Portland, OR               Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
09/10   Sacramento, CA          Ace of Spades
09/12   San Francisco, CA      Regency Ballroom
09/13   Los Angeles, CA         The Wiltern
09/20   Milwaukee, WI             Pabst Theatre
09/21   Detroit, MI                    Majestic Theatre
09/23   Millvale, PA                  Mr Smalls Theatre
09/25   Philadelphia, PA          Theatre of the Living Arts
09/27   New York, NY             Terminal 5
09/28   Boston, MA                  Royale
09/29   Washington, DC          Lincoln Theatre

Refused Donates Proceeds to MOAS

posted Jul 2, 2016, 12:48 AM by Vu Nguyen

has donated 100% of proceeds from their VIP / Meet & Greet tour packages to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). The packages were sold on the band’s recent North American tour with Plague Vendor and The Coathangers; over $3k was raised and donated to the charity.
David Sandström (drums) states:
"To be blunt, MOAS is doing what the EU would be doing if it was a functioning political entity. They're getting shit done, picking drowning children, women and men out of the ocean and putting them on European shores. It's crucial work and a no-brainer for us to get behind."
The Swedish hardcore titans released Freedom, their first album in 17 years last summer. Freedom is the band's first new album since their iconic 1998 album The Shape of Punk to Come. If Shape blasted apart the constraints of the punk and hardcore world, Freedom goes a step further by incorporating the wide-ranging influences that have shaped band members’ personal taste. Refused will return to North America as support for Deftones in August and will perform at Riot Fest Chicago this Fall.
Praise for Refused Freedom:
“Casually foments one smart, inventive sonic squall of unorthodox riffage.” - Decibel
"Quite possibly the band's most electrifying and propulsive record to date." - Rolling Stone
"Full of youthful ambition and brash energy." - Noisey
"The reunited Swedish hardcore kings are a ridiculously fun live show." - Stereogum
"Captivatingly loose, experimental, and mature.” - FLOOD
"Arguably the highest level of enthusiasm of their collective careers." - SPIN
Refused Tour Dates:
Aug 2 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Aug 3 Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion
Aug 5 Brooklyn, NY – Coney Island Amphitheater
Aug 6 Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Aug 7 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 9 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Pavilion
Aug 10 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Amphitheatre
Aug 13 Toronto, Canada – Arrow Hall
Sept 16-18 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

Aug 2-13 w/ Deftones

Hypnotic, heavy psych/garage 6-piece The Philistines stream full debut album

posted May 28, 2016, 1:26 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated May 28, 2016, 1:27 PM ]

Kansas City sextet 
The Philistines stream their entire full length debut today via The Obelisk (North America) and It's Psychedelic Baby (Europe). Hear The Backbone of Night, which The Obelisk says careens around "a wide swath of heavy psychedelia, garage, desert and other assorted rocks," in its entirety at

Watch and share the band's energetic performance of album track "A Twitch of the Death Nerve" shot at KCPT TV in Kansas City, broadcast on 90.9 FM The Bridge via YouTube

With a barrage of spaced-out, razor-sharp guitars, a grooving rhythmic onslaught, and melodic keyboard tapestries, The Philistines take vintage ideas and form them into modern psychedelic sonic movements.

The six-piece group has made a name for itself with forceful, engaging live shows that match its provocative, bombastic rock sound. Since The Philistines' inception in late 2013, they have become one of Kansas City's most recognized bands, supporting prominent touring acts, playing prestigious music festivals (including Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and Alejandro Escovedo's SXSW Day Party), and receiving a healthy amount of accolades in the local media, all before releasing their first album.

In 2015, the band began touring throughout the Midwest and working on its debut LP with engineer/producer Paul Malinowski (of Shiner) at Massive Sound Studios. The highly anticipated album, The Backbone of Night, is available May 27th, 2016 on The Record Machine.


05/27 Wichita, KS @ Kirby's
05/28 North Kansas City, MO @ Voodo Lounge
06/04 Kansas City, MO @ The Living Room - Album release party
06/23 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
07/02 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
08/25 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

Hugo Oak to release his first EP Brightly Dark at Amsterdam indie label KROOKS

posted May 28, 2016, 1:23 PM by Vu Nguyen

Hugo Oak releases his first 5-track EP ‘Brightly Dark’ at the Amsterdam based indie-label KROOKS. This release marks the end of an intimate 2-year journey between label and artist.


This journey started with just a couple of snippets, faced a writer’s block and Hugo overcoming that same writer’s block. Further on Hugo’s granddad passed away and in his honour, Oak decided to name himself after him. Later he finally graduated from the music academy and found the freedom to finish ‘Brightly Dark’ and to start his music career at KROOKS.

The EP can be labelled as accessible yet intelligent. Hugo Oak is an up in the clouds and deep underground musician. By using and combining intense sounds, he seeks to compose both down-tempo and uplifting tracks that will, in either case, make your blood flow a little harder. He uses a synth, a mic, a lot of FX, and the soul of his voice. It’s a process without rules, Hugo Oak produces anyway he wants to.


His voice makes you think he is an old soul singer. His productions have a North European existential feel to it. And a record like Phonograph sounds like an inspiration from the Berlin underground scene. The compositions are stubborn and can put the listener on the wrong track.

On June 10th KROOKS will host his release show at DOKA at the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. There he will perform live in an intimate setting.


+ KROOKS is the new Amsterdam-based indie label by Djordje Petrovic (Satori) and Fenno Verdaasdonk. Last year they entered the label scene with innovative releases by Arjuna Schiks, Satori, Spaceandtime, RQUE and Bremer. Their releases are adventurous and stubborn. The label only signs established names that venture into doing things completely different or avant-garde talents who dare to produce new sounds. +


‘Brightly Dark’ by Hugo Oak will be released on the 30th of May 2016.

Mø Releases New Track "Final Song" Today; Announces North American Tour Dates For This Fall

posted May 13, 2016, 3:33 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated May 13, 2016, 3:34 PM ]

Denmark Native MØ releases “Final Song” today.  The track, which was produced by MNEK (Beyoncé, Zara Larsson), is available now at all digital providers.

“Final Song” comes on the same day that MØ announces North American dates as part of her major worldwide tour.  The US dates will start on November 15th in San Diego, CA and end on December 6th in Washington DC with more dates to be announced soon.  Tickets will be available for pre-sale starting May 18th and be made available to the general public on May 20th 9:00 AM local time.   Before then, she plays some of the world’s biggest music festivals this summer including Lollapollooza, Firefly Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party and more in the US. To be the first to hear about the tour pre-sale, fans can sign up to the MØ mailing list via

MØ, AKA Karen Marie Ørsted, is one of the fastest rising pop stars on the planet. The co-writer and voice of the worldwide smash Major Lazer track “Lean On” - the most-streamed song ever on Spotify - is currently putting the finishing touches to her eagerly anticipated second album, due for release later this year.

Ørsted grew up on Funen, one of Denmark's largest islands, and wrote her first song when she was seven years old. A pop obsessive as a child, she became involved with politics, punk and the anti-fascism movement in her teens, leading her to form the “noisy, trashy electro-pop punk band” Mor aged 18. But already she was restless and writing new songs on her own, trying out a variety of sounds and styles on her laptop in her bedroom that, in 2009, necessitated her transformation into MØ. In 2014, she released her debut album No Mythologies To Follow - a unique blend of bedroom beats, soul-punk-electro-R&B and pop harmonies - to rave reviews. The record features singles Pilgrim, Waste of Time, Don’t Wanna Dance and XXX 88 feat. Diplo. In the two years since the album was released, MØ has played sold out tours solo and with Major Lazer, and won over festival crowds worldwide. 


US Fall Tour Dates

11/15/16          San Diego, CA             The Observatory North Park

11/16/16          Santa Ana, CA             The Observatory

11/18/16          Los Angeles, CA         The Novo

11/19/16          San Francisco, CA       The Warfield

11/21/16          Portland, OR               Wonderball

11/23/16          Vancouver, BC            Vogue Theater

11/26/16          Minneapolis, MN         Mill City Nights

11/30/16          Montreal, QC               Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre

12/2/16            Boston, MA                 Paradise

12/3/16            New York, NY              Terminal 5

12/6/16            Washington, DC          9:30 Club

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