Seattle-based Beat Connection has debuted “The Palace Garden, 4am,” the first single off of their debut LP, The Palace Garden, out June 19 on Moshi Moshi / Tender Age. The band will appear at Sasquatch Music Festival this Sunday May 27th, two weeks before launching their first headlining North American tour with White Arrows. They performed at SXSW this year, after touring with STRFKR this past fall where they played to sold-out rooms and earned rave reviews for their fantastic live set. Their appearance at Sasquatch kicks off a new tour that will take them crisscrossing the US and Canada until late July (tour dates below).
Glasgow, Scotland-based rock band Twin Atlantic are giving fans a chance to create a unique version of one of their most popular songs. Powered by premier online music creation site Indaba Music, the Twin Atlantic Remix Competition calls for participants to create their own musical rendition of the band’s hit single “Free.” One Grand Prize Winner will have their remix featured on an official release by Red Bull Records and will also receive a $1,000 cash prize, a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, and promotion on Twin Atlantic and Red Bull Records web properties. One Popular Vote Winner will receive $500 and a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, and two Honorable Mentions will receive a pair of Beats by Dre headphones.
Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we are pleased to bring you two acts who have nothing in common with each other, except for the fact that they will both be appearing at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas.
Charles Bradley will bring his thrilling and highly praised live show to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Sasquatch Music Festival, Mountain Jam, and more this year. The 63-year old “Screaming Eagle of Soul” is currently on tour in the US and will soon head to Australia and Europe. See full tour routing below.
Vancouver-based Yukon Blonde has premiered its dynamic new video for ‘Stairway‘. The single was released on 7″ in January and is the first from the band’s sophomore full-length, Tiger Talk, due out on March 20 via Dine Alone Records. Last fall, the quartet embarked on a 62+ date North American tour followed by performances in Australia. Currently in the midst of a European tour, the band has announced forthcoming US shows and appearances at SXSW ’12.
Los Angeles, California’s own Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, collectively known as Electric Guest, are pleased to announce the release of “This Head I Hold” on March 26th through Because Music. Produced by Danger Mouse, the track is taken from their debut album Mondo which is set to drop on April 23rd.
Captivating audiences along the west coast, the Silver Lake, CA quartet The New Limb pull from a century’s worth of influences to make music that appeals to a wide range of listeners. Named “Best Live Band” by The OC Weekly, KROQ raves “The New Limb’s lush, organically evocative indie-pop channels yearning as it feels in any moment you’ve had true desire. In short, The New Limb is the first crush you will never forget and see in everyone around you,” adding the band’s “gorgeously intense” music “sweeps you in with ecstatic Swede-couture electronica reminiscent of The Knife and moody indie twang like The Shins. Both the lyrics and Joey Chavez‘ voice call to mind the boyish, literate theatrics of Rufus Wainwright.”
Hi there. If you’re reading this, then that means you made it through the second week of 2012. Congratulations! It was a busy week here at Project Rhythm Seed as we continue to gear up for another year of international music coverage. We have lots of new features, reviews and interviews that will be coming your way this year. Many of the bands that we present to you are either wrapping up recording, or preparing release of their new records. And others have already released and are getting ready to take off for a short warmup tour before this year’s SXSW in March.
Hi everyone and welcome to another musical edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we have two new bands for you, one from the East coast and one from the West. Spacecamp comes to us from Brooklyn (yes, another one from Brooklyn!). They released a 5 song EP in November called Alibi and we have a track form that EP called “Miko DTB” (dropped the ball). You can also stream the entire EP on Soundcloud. The second band, Yukon Blonde, is from Vancouver, BC. They are a four piece that remind us of a modern day Beach Boys with a George Harrison guitar. We are happy to offer a track called “Choices” off of their new Fire//Water EP.
Alexander Ebert, lead singer of the Los Angeles entourage Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, released his debut solo album Alexander this week via Community Music (Rough Trade will release the album in Europe).Alexander includes ten brand new songs that Ebert wrote and performed entirely himself.
During breaks from touring with the Zeros, Ebert began building and recording the pieces alone in his bedroom. Prior to beginning work on this album, all of the music that he worked on had been collaboratively written, especially with the 10-person Magnetic Zeros. There isn’t a single sound on the Alexander album that Ebert didn’t perform himself.
Today the Black Angels released the video for their latest single “Haunting at 1300 McKinley.” The song is from the band’s highly acclaimed third record, Phosphene Dream, far and away the band’s most successful album to date. The Black Angels are taking the world by storm, selling more records and playing bigger shows than ever before.
Mixing swoon-worthy harmonies, gorgeous acoustic instrumentation and the catchiest of melodies, Australia’s Boy & Bear are primed to be the next band catapulted onto the international stage. Headed Stateside for an appearance at SXSW, Boy & Bear will play four very special sets in Austin that are guaranteed to make them the talk of the Texas town. Details for these shows are below.
Moby and Mute Records are pleased to announce details of Destroyed, a new album and book of photography set for release on May 17, 2011.
Destroyed the album will be available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats and will be included with the Destroyed book of photography. Published by Damiani/D.A.P, the book is 128 pages and features 55 photographs taken by Moby all over the world.
Menomena, the acclaimed Portland, OR group, will be touring this spring in support of their recent Barsuk Records release Mines. In addition to headlining club shows, the band will be performing at the SXSW music conference in Austin, TX, the Coachella music festival in Indio, CA, and the multi-city Laneway Festival in Australia.
Menomena will also be overseeing FILMguerrero’s reissue of the band’s indie-classic debut album I Am The Fun Blame Monster as a CD/DVD package with extensive bonus materials. The reissue will be available on U.S. tour dates and at retail this spring.
The Germans are continuing to make their mark as a place of cultural relevance in the music and festival scene, not only in Europe, but around the world. This past SXSW ’10, several German organizations hosted a lunch that brought together the best and brightest in German music. Now, Germany is celebrating their best in music, as well as International artists, with the upcoming Berlin Festival.
By: Daniel Ucko
San Francisco-based Mata León opened a growling late-night indie show at Hollywood club Boardner’s last week. The band performed on an outdoor stage inside a smoke-filled patio while a crowd of rebellious 18-year-olds and leather-stricken twentysomethings watched with a hint of awe. The set was short, but the four-piece put out some serious soul in its bluesy brand of indie-rock.
By: Adam Mekrut
“They all move to Brooklyn”, is the refrain among my friends as we combine spite for a city that seems to be stealing our talent and jealousy for the image of thousands of lofts filled with virtuosic musicians casually building culture. Tigerbitch moved from Southern California to Brooklyn for practical reasons, to be closer to a couple of musicians who had signed onto his vision and now he is back for the same reason.
Icelandic experimental indie-folk septet Seabear is preparing to make their first set of appearances in North America on a national headlining tour, including several shows at this year’s SXSW. The band will perform songs from their upcoming Morr Music release, We Built a Fire. As a musical cherry on top, Via Tania and Seabear multi-instrumentalist Sóley will play opening sets. Sóley plays solo with occasional back-up by other Seabear members in support of her Theater Island EP, also due out on Morr Music in March. All together, it promises to be a line-up of intricate, lovely tunes like you’ve never heard before.
Inimitable rock ‘n’ soul sextet Foxy Shazam has announced the release of their self-titled Sire Records album on April 13, 2010. Produced by John Feldmann, Foxy Shazam is the Cincinnati, OH band’s major label debut.
To support the album, Foxy Shazam will be taking their good times mobile with a nationwide headlining tour this March and April. Stops in New York, Los Angeles and a stint at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX will give fans a chance to experience their notoriously rambunctious live show. Prior to their US dates, Foxy will be heading across the pond to play the NME Awards show with Hole on February 17th.