"If you were to marry the harmonies and psychedelic pop of Animal Collective with the frenzied vocal phrasing of Modest Mouse and throw in the falsettos of the Temper Trap for good measure, you can imagine Royal Canoe’s sound.” -- BaebleMusic
Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. The Winnipeg natives have signed with Nettwerk for Europe, and will release a numbered 10” vinyl Extended Play EP on May 10 (Germany)/May 13 (UK/Europe),followed by a full length album later in the year. The lead track on the 10” EP, "Hold on to The Metal" will be available for free download HERE. Watch the video for the track above.
Royal Canoe held the #1 spot at We Are Hunted for 3-weeks, and Filter Magazine declares, “Buckle up – the band is anything but your standard indie-pop. Known for their genre bending approach and their songs are clearly written with innovation in mind. We dare you not to dance.” After a successful appearance at SXSW, they are now gearing up for a heavy few months of touring with dates in the U.S. and Europe including shows at the Great Escape Festival, and performances with Fol Chen, Of Montreal, ON AN ON and more to support the release of their EP. European tour dates are listed after the jump.
On May 28, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites will release Woodland + Young North EP Box Set (Nettwerk Records), a wonderfully-inspired collection of layered, earthy instrumentations paired with beautiful vocal harmonies.
The standout tracks from their debut EP Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5.5 million combined YouTube views. Watch the music video for “Featherstone" above.
Amongst the up and coming bands from Australia, The Paper Kites continue to build their hometown following, selling out shows with fellow countrymen Josh Pyke and Boy & Bear. This October, the quintet will cross waters for their North American debut, supporting City And Colour. The Paper Kites will provide support from Atlanta, GA to Oakland, CA.
Chinese born, Vancouver-based songstress Wanting has just premiered a new video for the song "Drenched" from her debut album, Everything In The World. The video had its broadcast debut on MuchMore Music in Canada, and its online debut at MuchMusic.com (here).
Wanting, who was recently recognized at the 2012 Best Album of the Year at the Beijing Billmoard Music Newcomers Festival as well as honored as Outstanding Regional Artist at the 12th Chinese Global Music Awards, will be a featured artist at San Francisco's Asian Heritage Street Celebration on Saturday, May 18. Everything In The World is currently Triple Platinum in China and Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia and Taiwan. Watch the video for "Drenched" above and stay tuned for more news from Wanting.
Check out Glamour.com's Interview With BOY And Premiere Of "Waitress [Acoustic]" HERE
BOY’s Performance Of “Little Numbers” At The Current’s Studio Featured On NPR Music’s “Favorite Sessions.” Watch HERE
MTV Iggy Features Exclusive Performance Of “Oh Boy”
And Interview HERE
Swiss/German female duo BOY will return to North America for a small run of May dates, starting May 13th with a live taping at Boulder’s eTown Hall alongside City And Colour. These dates follow a hugely successful premiere North American tour last month in support of the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Mutual Friends, featuring infectious single “Little Numbers.”
The ladies of BOY, Swiss-born Valeska Steiner and German-born Sonja Glass, charmed their way across North America last month, starting with a sold-out show at Joe’s Pub. In a live review, Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote: "BOY writes and sings tuneful, friendly, forthright pop-folk songs about life and relationships...cradled by melodies with a comfortable lilt and by Ms. Steiner’s sweet, unfailingly precise lead vocals…Boy brings a pastry chef’s skill to its music; there’s structure behind the sweetness."
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“Savoir Adore combined two sounds of optimism: surging folk-rock chords and the solid foundation of an electronic beat.” – The New York Times (CMJ ’12 Live Review)
“[Savoir Adore] intuitively sharpen their dreamy dialogues with wiry, earthy hooks and defiant dance beats: the result is an ingenious marriage of esoteric artistry and easy accessibility.” – NPR “10 Artists You Should’ve Known in 2012”
Brooklyn-based duo Savoir Adore announces a 23-city U.S. tour supporting Sea Wolf, starting May 17th in Pomona, CA and wrapping June 21st in Los Angeles, CA. The band is currently in the midst of an east coast run of dates with On An On (all dates listed below). Their new album, Our Nature, will be re-released with one new, previously unreleased track called “Beating Hearts” on June 4th via Nettwerk Records.
“Dreamers,” the lead single from Our Nature, is officially out today as part of a 4-track EP, featuring two remixes of the album track and a cover of The Thompson Twins' hit song “Hold Me Now,” which premiered last week on NylonMag.com (here: http://bit.ly/14ZVtSC).
Listen To “Dreamers” And “Hold Me Now” On Soundcloud Here:
Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) began his Sunday Night Video Series 7 weeks ago. Every Sunday night, he shares with his fans a new video of an acoustic performance, each featuring a different special collaborator. Fans were ecstatic to see his latest post - a performance of "Hearts On Fire" with Ed Sheeran filmed at the O2 Arena in Dublin. Check out the gorgeous performance above, along with the other fantastic videos from Passenger and his various talented collaborators.
Stay tuned for North American tour news from Passenger coming soon!
Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the forthcoming two-disc release from the award-winning and incredibly talented Canadian hip-hop artist k-os. On January 29, k-os will digitally release BLack On BLonde in the US through Crown Loyalist/Nettwerk Records. The double album is a cohesive collection of two records; one of rock tunes and the other of old-school hip hop jams.
Recorded at Hayden Christensen’s deserted Laurel Canyon mansion, BLack on BLonde is the most personal and revealing album of his career. “My friends say this is the record I’ve been waiting my whole life to make, there’s a confidence now,” says k-os. “People don’t generally want to take things too far. And I felt trapped by my birth into the music industry as a hippy or folk hip-hop singer; I’m over that feeling. It was time to delve deep and write an album (or two) that truly reflects all facets of myself. This album is a celebration of that.”
BLack on BLonde features exciting collaborations from a varied array of guests, including Black Thought (The Roots), Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Emily Haines (Metric), Corey Hart, Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979), Juno Award-winning Canadian rock singer/songwriter Sam Roberts and many others. Always innovative, provocative and fearless, k-os showcases said versatility by singing and playing drums, guitar and bass throughout the album.
The nine-song EP includes several remixes by house impresario Andy Caldwell, dubstep producer Seven Lions (aka Jeff Montalvo) and English trance artist Richard Mowatt, better known as Solarstone. With each remix comes various edits on the standout track.
With two decades worth of music, Delerium continues to make waves in the electronic world, with “Days Turn Into Nights" as the #1 Breakout song this week on the Billboard Clubs chart.
Hey Ocean! has just released a new video for the track "I Am A Heart," from their upcoming full-length album IS, out January 29th. The band will be touring behind the album, starting Saturday, February 2 in Seattle, WA. Check out the dates below and stay tuned for midwest and east coast dates to follow.
Hey Ocean! On Tour:
Sat, Feb 2 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Sun, Feb 3 Bend, OR @ Players Bar
Tues, Feb 5 San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
Thur, Feb 7 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
Fri, Feb 8 Phoenix, AZ @ The Hard Rock Cafe
Tues, Feb 12 Portland, OR @ Backspace Café
Wed, Feb 13 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Mon, Mar 11 Englewood, CO @ Moe’s
Hamburg-based indie pop duo BOY is set to make their North American debut with the release of Mutual Friends on February 26, 2013. The album’s infectious first single “Little Numbers,” which has garnered more than 6.5 million YouTube views, is available today on iTunes, along with b-side “Skin (acoustic version).” In support of the release, the ladies of BOY will embark on their first proper tour of the States, starting Friday, March 1 in New York City at Joe’s Pub (full list of dates below).
BOY is comprised of Swiss-born Valeska Steiner and German-born Sonja Glass (neither of which are boys). The two met serendipitously when they participated in a prestigious music workshop in Hamburg. They immediately bonded over their classical-music training and a mutual love of the French band Phoenix. Before long, they decided to form a band and began writing what would become Mutual Friends.
Watch The Video For “Little Numbers” Here
Watch The Video For “Skin (Acoustic Version)” Here:
Mutual Friends is an autobiographical affair, comprised of smart, sharply-observed songs that resonate because they’re about everyday life. The hooks are contagious and the lyrics are straight from the heart. “It's about arrivals and new beginnings,” explains Valeska. “About hopes and dreams and aspirations. We want to make music that's positive and hopeful,” she says. “There is more to music than heartbreak and loss,” agrees Sonja. The album has already achieved Gold status in Germany, where it has sold more than 100,000 copies.
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