NW1 published artist and neo-classicist Ólafur Arnaldscelebrates the release of his third full-length, For Now I Am Winter. The much-anticipated album hits the US iTunes Classical chart at Number 2!
At age 26, the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer has been involved with various projects and has had his music appear in countless films, television shows and advertisements, including [Hunger Games, The Colbert Report, Calvin Klein]. This young prodigy has achieved the cultural significance in Iceland comparable to his fellow countrymen Bjórk and Sigur Rós.
For Now I Am Winter marks a departure from past releases; it is the first time Arnalds incorporates vocals. Four of the twelve tracks features prog-rock vocalist Arnór Dan Arnarson, making a profound impression on an already remarkable collection. Watch the official music video for "Old Skin" feat. Arnarson (above).
Arnalds will be playing his own show at Poisson Rouge in NYC on April 18 with Ensemble LPR and touring Europe over the next several months. Visit Olafurarnalds.com for more information.
This week, Passenger scored his eight #1 in Australia, where single "Let Her Go" reached the top of the ARIA Charts, pushing Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis to #2. Watch his performance of the track yesterday on Australia's #1 breakfast television show, Sunrise, and stay tuned for some exciting North American tour announcements in the coming weeks.
Frazey Ford, the acclaimed frontwoman of beloved Vancouver trio The Be Good Tanyas, will join Megafaun, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and more at the Sydney Opera House from May 29 to June 2 for Vivid LIVE's "Sounds of the South."
For details on the event, visit the official website HERE.
BOY met up with the lovely folks at Yours Tru.ly earlier this month in San Francisco and filmed this gorgeous acoustic performance of "Oh Boy" overlooking the city.
The Swiss/German duo have spent the last month charming audiences across the country as they tour in support of their debut album Mutual Friends. The pair launched theirfirst ever tour of North America on March 1 with a sold-out show at NYC's Joe's Pub, and went on to sell out venues in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Diego, two shows in both Chicago and Minneapolis, Philadelphia, DC, Toronto and Montreal. The girls wrap up this hugely successful tour with a final NYC show at the Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night, Friday, March 29th, which is also on track to sell out.
Mutual Friends debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #13, and broke into the Billboard Top 200 in its second week at #179, bringing them up to #5 on Heatseekers. The album remains on the Heatseekrs Chart as infectious single "Little Numbers," which boasts more than 8 million views on YouTube, makes its Triple A Top 30 chart debut this week. BOY has made fans at influential radio stations across the country, appearing in-studio for KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic,"KCMP's "The Current,"WXPN's "World Cafe" and more. Additionally, MTV2 has added BOY and "Little Numbers" to "Artists To Watch."
“Gorgeous production, gorgeous vocals – it’s a stunning success for both parties involved” - MTV Buzzworthy
Grammy-nominated Producer/DJ Morgan Page returns this week with the fourth single from his stellar studio album, In The Air. “Carry Me” is an original release created in collaboration with renowned songwriter Nadia Ali.
This is the second time the two have worked together. The first time Page and Ali partnered, the result led to a “Best Remix” Grammy nomination for “Fantasy” from Ali’s solo effort Embers. Returning to the studio, the pair were quick to rekindle their initial chemistry. The result is a dynamic crossover track that fuses the best of pop and house elements and manages to convey genuine romanticism.
Remixes comes from Dyro and Nilson & The 8th Note. Dyro gets straight to the point with a razor-sharp electro treatment, while Nilson & The 8th Note keep it classic with a compelling big room rework.
Setting the tone, MTV partners to premiere Carry Me Aftermovie. As part of a “new crop of DJs leading the way towards the new stage paradigm of EDM,” [LA Weekly], the After Movie flawlessly captures the dynamic live set that Page is celebrated for. Filmed for a special Miami edition of MTV Clubland, the After Movie will on MTV, MTV Hits and MTVu.
Louis Abbott, frontman for critically acclaimed Scottish quintet Admiral Fallow, will be in New York City for Scotland Week 2013, and he's taking the opportunity to perform an intimiate solo show of Admiral Fallow material on Monday, April 8 at Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2). Tickets and info can be found HERE.
“This Canadian trio has been slowly building up a following for their quirky indie-pop sound, and now with a Juno nomination, their first charting single… Hey Ocean! are on the verge of blowing up big…” – PopMatters
"IS is a precious breath of cotton-candied air, with sixteen tracks that’ll make you dance in your jammies..." – mxdwn.com
“Their sound changes throughout the album from alt country to surf pop to throwback dance rock, and they pull it off to near perfection.” – Lemonade Magazine
"The wonderful melodies of IS swim to blissful heights." – ArtistDirect.com
“Hey Ocean!'s latest album, ‘IS,’ is chockablock with swirling keyboards, guitar hooks and infectious harmonies." - Bend Bulletin
“Sweet-toothed and crafted to pop radio perfection, there's a lot to like about Hey Ocean's music.” – Bakersfield Californian
“We can thank our neighbors to the north for exporting yet another first-rate band in indie pop trio Hey Ocean!, whose infectious new album ‘Is’ should put these talented Canadians on the map in the United States.” – The Daily News
Vancouver indie-pop trio Hey Ocean! are heading into the second phase of their first major U.S. tour today in Jacksonville, FL. After a successful run of west coast dates, the band headed into Austin for SXSW on the heels of landing a 2013 Juno Award nomination in the category of “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.” This next phase takes them up the east coast to markets like Philadelphia, Boston, and New York before heading back to the Midwest to finish up in Chicago and Minneapolis The trio will then return to Canada for more shows, including Surrey’s “Party for the Planet” on Saturday, April 27th, as part of a line-up that also includes LIGHTS.
Keep reading for more information and full list of tour dates.
On June 17th, Guster will join Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds Five for the Last Summer On Earth 2013 tour. A rollicking roadshow, Last Summer On Earth 2013 will hit 30 arenas and amphitheaters across the country, kicking off at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX.
2012’s inaugural edition of Last Summer On Earth tour was listed amongst the top “ten hottest summer package tour of 2012” (Rolling Stone) and spotlighted by Entertainment Weekly on the “2012 Summer Must List.” Ryan Miller from Guster, Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds partnered with Rolling Stone for a video to announce the 2013 Summer tour.
Guster recently self-released Guster: Live Acoustic, a collection of live recordings from their 2012 acoustic tour. 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?”
“As one of New York's best kept indie-pop secrets, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro spin yarns of love and longing, against a body-moving backdrop of sleek dance beats.” – WFUV
“[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’s Savoir Adore will join On An On as support for an east coast run of dates, starting April 4th in Washington, DC. The fantasy pop duo, who recently sold-out their first headline show at Brooklyn’s Glasslands, will re-release their album Our Nature with a brand new track called “Beating Hearts” on June 18th via their new label home of Nettwerk Records.
Lead single “Dreamers” will be released as a 4-track EP, including a previously unreleased cover of the Thomson Twins’ “Hold Me Now,” on April 9th on iTunes. Watch the video for "Dreamers" above.
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You don’t have to spend long in the company of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass to work out the secret behind the success of Swiss/German duo BOY’s debut album. Mutual Friends is a magical collection of songs – suffused with equal parts joy and melancholy – that reflects the two women’s personalities flawlessly. Mutual Friends is an album of simple, heartfelt pop decorated with art school elegance and occasional folky flourishes. Their infectiously catchy single, "Little Numbers," has collected more than 7 million views on YouTube.