VIctoria-B.C. roots rock foursome Current Swell have released a new video for the track "Long Time Ago" from their latest album of the same name The band will continue their headline tour on the west coast starting this Friday, Dec 7 in Portland, OR and wrapping Saturday, Dec 15 in Spokane, WA (all tour dates below). This marks Current Swell’s first official headline tour in the States; the band recently opened for Dispatch on a small run of west coast dates.
Since forming in 2005, Current Swell’s west coast influenced sound—an infectious combination of blues, roots, pop and rock—have earned the quartet scores of devoted fans from Canada to Brazil, where they recently returned from headlining two major festivals in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The independent band started with modest expectations, playing shows in settings that ranged from backyards to beaches and using social media to grow their audience. Since then, they have supported artists like Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, K-OS, The Beach Boys, The Tragically Hip and more. Last summer, Current Swell not only headlined a Canada Day concert in front of a crowd of 45,000, but they also earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project, a professional development program designed to help emerging artists.
Vancouver-based indie pop trio Hey Ocean! are bringing their unbridled spirit Stateside with the release of their latest full-length album IS, out January 29, 2013 via Nettwerk Records. The album combines irresistible hooks and infectious melodies with dreamy keyboards and crystal clear guitars, all of which can be heard on lead single “Big Blue Wave,” available digitally on December 11, 2012 (watch the video above).
Hey Ocean!—Dave Vertesi [vocals/bass], Ashleigh Ball [vocals/flute], David Beckingham [vocals/guitar]—are three mischievous personalities who, when combined, form a dynamic live presence that keeps concertgoers captivated and on their feet. Whether headlining or opening for the likes of Cat Empire and Bedouin Soundclash, the trio consistently enchants the initiated and uninitiated alike, leaving crowds smiling every time.
Stay tuned for U.S. tour news in the coming weeks.
Kicking off 2013, Nettwerk Management artist Guster will self-release Guster: Live Acoustic, a collection of live recordings from their 2012 acoustic tour (out January 8, 2013). To watch the 1-Minute album trailer, click above.
It’s been eight years since Guster released a proper live album - 2004’s Guster On Ice – and two years since their last studio album, Easy Wonderful. The sixteen tracks from Live Acoustic are a musical tribute to the varied faces and places that made last year’s travels one of the most remarkable in Guster’s impressive career.
“I guess we could have called it Live at Various Theaters,” says drummer Brian Rosenworcel, referencing the fact that the songs on the album were culled from many performances and not just one. “Actually, I wish we’d called it Live at Various Theaters. Is it too late to call it Live at Various Theaters?”
While the members of the band mainly stick to the acoustic guitars on Live Acoustic, the songs are fleshed out with Charlene Huang on violin and April Guthrie on cello – helping to bring out the parts and arrangements that have made Guster’s studio recordings such mainstays.
UK rock band The Rifles have shared a new video for the track "Long Walk Back" from their latest album Freedom Run. The video plays like a short film, starring acclaimed UK actors Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure as a couple, who on a night out with friends, has a huge argument in a pub.
The opening scene is set at The Boogaloo in London, where fans were invited to be featured as extras. The video follows Jonny and Vicky, as they take their long walks home separately, passing places that spark memories of falling in love, leading to their reconciliation in the end.
To celebrate the release of the Deluxe Version of her debut album Everything In The World, Chinese-born, Vancouver-based artist Wanting shares a new lyric video for the track "Untitled." Out now, this digital-only deluxe version contains 19 songs, three of which are previously unreleased. Watch the video above.
Admiral Fallow have just released a new music video for the track "Isn't This World Enough" from their sophomore album Tree Bursts In Snow. The video plays much like a tour diary, including footage from their travels across the UK and US over the past two of years.
The song also acts as the title track to Nettwerk's yearly holiday album; Isn't This World Enough: A Nettwerk Christmas is out November 20th.
“…if you liked previous singles ‘Some Nights’ and, of course, ‘We Are Young,’ you should feel right at home here. Set the night on fire, boys.” -- Spin.com
“Still, the message is clear: fun will carry you through the hard times.” -- RollingStone.com
In case you missed it, fun. premiered their new video for "Carry On" on EW.com earlier this week. Check it out above. The band will make their debut Saturday Night Live appearance on November 3, alongside host Louis CK!
"['The Great Exhale'] exudes a somber quality, built from an orchestra of violin, shimmering cymbals and frontman Tony Dekker’s morose baritone." -- MTV Hive
Yesterday, MTV Hivepremiered a new video for the song "The Great Exhale" from Toronto indie-folk darlings Great Lake Swimmers. The track is from the band's fifth studio album, New Wild Everywhere. GLS frontman Tony Dekker and video director Christopher Mills spoke with MTV Hive about the making of the video. Said Mills, “I found the song to be really haunting and beautiful, so the original concept for the video was based on a very loose idea of exploring empty, dissonant places, and to more of a visual essay that put ‘the music on the wind that passes through. The plan was to fill these spaces with these drawings, and ‘ghostly light and effects’ in ways that complimented the music.” Read more at MTV Hive here: http://mtvhv.com/QDVRN2.
After much anticipation, Los Angeles electro-rock outfit Shiny Toy Guns have released their new album III (Five Seven Music). It features the first new material by the original line-up in five years.
Production on III, courtesy of Mirror Machines (the band’s Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson), is lush and dramatic, ranging from driving tracks like the first single due January 2013 “Somewhere To Hide,” “Waiting Alone” and “Speaking Japanese” into a sonic pendulum swing to the genre bending current release “Fading Listening.” The band teamed up with legendary mixer Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keyes) to finalize and sharpen the new 2012 sound of the band. Unlike any other group out there today, Shiny Toy Guns music is driving rock and electro spearheaded by a male and female vocal courtesy of Chad Petree and Carah Faye.
Today, VEVO premiered the video for “Fading Listening” starring Tiny Toy Guns, a play on the band recording the song as kids. Carah Faye is played by Ally Petree, eight year old daughter of Chad Petree. Chad Petree is played by Jesse McClintock, son of GUNS longtime indie music publisher Steve McClintock. Drummer Mikey Martin is played by Maximus Morse, son of Toby Morse, singer of punk/hardcore band H20. Jeremy Dawson on keyboards is played by Noah Castro, the six year old son of friends of Mikey Martin. The two girls engineering at the mixing desk are Isabella Petree (age 6) and Stevie Jane Petree (age 5), daughters of Steven Petree ex-member of SHINY TOY GUNS and brother of Chad Petree. The studio owner in played by Tony Maserati.
Julia Stone has unveiled a new video for the track “Justine” from her acclaimed solo album, By The Horns. The video, which premiered on HitFix.com (here: http://bit.ly/RaBKWe), co-stars actor Quinton Aaron of the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side as Julia’s love interest.
Director Jessie Hill told HitFix: "I wanted give the viewer an opportunity to experience something different to the ‘normal’ images of lovers in video clips. I set out to make a video that depicted a heartfelt romance in a distant time...a love story in its purist state. My casting agent suggested Quinton, and I immediately contacted him to have a coffee. The contrast of Julia being so tiny and Quinton being a larger character was something I wanted to explore visually."
By The Horns was produced by Thomas Bartlett and Patrick Dillett, whose combined work includes credits on records by Antony & The Johnsons, David Byrne, The National and Mary J Blige. Julia has previously released two albums as one-half of the award-winning Aussie sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone (Down The Way; A Book Like This), as well one previous solo full-length (Julia Stone in The Memory Machine).
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