MusicNOW- 10 Years OUT MARCH 10TH, 2015 ON BRASSLAND CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF MusicNOW

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Sounds of the South’s track “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” featuring Sharon Van Etten, Justin Vernon, Matthew E White, Megafaun, and Fight the Big Bull Released Today

Founded in 2006 by Bryce Dessner of The National, MusicNOW Festival set out with a mission to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks and commission new work. This year MusicNOW will celebrate its 10th year of innovative artistic collaborations from March 11-15. To celebrate the occasion, MusicNOW- 10 Years will allow listeners to share some of the magical moments that the festival is known for creating.

The 16 track album highlights festival-only surprises like Robin Pecknold playing the traditional song “Silver Dagger” for the first time, the debut performance of Grizzly Bear’s “While You Wait for the Others”, the premiere of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Owl & The Tanager”, as well as collaborations featuring Owen Pallett, Justin Vernon, Sharon van Etten, Tinariwen and Dirty Projectors. The digital release date is March 10th via Brassland nd pre-orders for physical formats will begin on Tuesday, March 17th at bit.ly/musicnow10.

Listen to Sounds of the South’s track “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” featuring Sharon Van Etten, Justin Vernon, Matthew E White, Megafaun, and Fight the Big Bull here (embed code below):

Dessner is widely known as the guitarist for The National. Those a little more in the know are aware of Bryce’s work in classical composition, performance and artistic collaborations. MusicNOW was founded as a way for Bryce to explore all facets of his artistic interests and has served as a collaborative laboratory that provides a friendly and supportive audience for internationally renowned artists. Through the years, Dessner has guided MusicNOW to become the premiere event for blurring the imagined lines that divide musical genres.

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Sit Kitty Sit Hit The Road; Tour Dates Announced

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Sit Kitty Sit are launching off their latest tour at a city near you! Kicking off the start of 2015 with gusto, the San Francisco rock duo is taking their sound to the masses. San Francisco’s SIT KITTY SIT is Kat Downs and Mike Thompson. The duo, who create an undeniable pop/proggy piano and drum sound, has been described as Dresden Dolls mixed with King Crimson, & Fiona Apple. Known for consistently thrilling audiences with their energetically intense live performances, the group produces addictive rock n’ roll – with only two people, and not one guitar in sight.

The group’s latest album, Everlasting Fire, has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike. The record, based entirely on “Dante’s Inferno,” brings a storyline to the album, which also showcases the extensive versatility of Downs and Thompson as a team. Spanning 7 different genres, there is something for everyone.

Watch: Sit Kitty Sit “Birmingham” Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w6dyDsQZPE

Tour Dates:

March 4, 2015 (Wednesday)
Club 66 –  Ashland, OR

March 5, 2015 (Thursday)
Black Forest – Eugene, OR

March 7, 2015 (Saturday)
Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR

March 8, 2015 (Sunday)

Admiral Way – Seattle, WA

March 9, 2015 (Monday)
Checkerboard Bar – Spokane, WA

March 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
One World Café – Moscow, ID

March 12, 2015 (Thursday)
The Sidewinder – Denver, CO

March 14, 2015 (Saturday)
Sister – Albuquerque, NM

March 24, 2015 (Tuesday)
Hardhat Lounge – Las Vegas, NV

March 27, 2015 (Friday)
Milk Bar – San Francisco, CA

Put Your Records On: Year of October

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At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level. This feature will be regularly occurring on our website, so make sure to check back often.

Today we sit down with Phlecia Sullivan, frontwoman from Year of October; a Southern-sounding back to basics band with the knack for writing catchy hooks and riffs. As of recent, the group have released their new single, “Gone,” which has been doing quite well in the blog realm, and to much deserved acclaim.

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you.  What made them so influential to you?
Led Zeppelin is big influence on us. They are the first band our guitar player Josh really got into. He grew up listening to them and several other classic rock bands with his dad. They are one of the reasons he wanted to start playing music. Norah Jones is a huge influence on my writing style. I’ve been listening to her since my early high school years and her music is a big part of who I am. Her melodies and the things that she writes about still impact how I write today. I like that she can take something really dark and make it sound beautiful. I try to do that in our music.Rocco DeLuca’s album Mercy is a big influence on both Josh and me.  He showed me the record when we first started dating and it really stuck out to me both lyrically and musically.  Rocco’s mix of bluesy rock, and soulful dark vocals really impacted me with my own music.  Josh is really influenced by Rocco DeLuca’s guitar playing on the record and we always find ourselves listening to it on road trips with the band.

When did you first discover them?
Josh got into Led Zeppelin when he was 12, I got into Norah Jones when I was 15, and Josh and I got into Mercy when it first came out in 2009.

How did they help form the music you play today?

Each of these artists helped us to form the music that we play in very different ways.  Josh grew up learning a lot of Zeppelin riffs, and I sang trying to sound like Norah Jones.  With Rocco DeLuca I think it really taught us the importance of dynamics and how blend beauty with madness.

Lindsay Mac’s “Animal Again” EP Delights

lindsaymacLindsay Mac’s true talent shines through with the new EP “Animal Again,” out in the coming weeks. Though only consisting of 4 songs, the record has a lot to hold on to, and is a listen-worthy release. Lindsay Mac has overcome physical ordeals in the past year, which led her to switching up the way she performs and writes music. Straying away from the folk roots in which she once made a name for herself, Lindsay lets out her inner pop diva to carry her new found skills into the spotlight. The lead single “Remember,” was the exclusive first look into the EP and it is filled with pop laden hooks and melodies. Title track “Animal Again,” and first song on the EP, lays down the tone for what is to come on the album. A pleasant surprise at every turn, the use of synths and her vocals prove to be the two most dominant elements.The EP takes a slight turn with the toned down track of ‘Back to Us,” but does not take away from the overall experience of the album; it is an added bonus, one which shows Lindsay Mac’s rage.

Lindsay Mac’s ‘re-birth’ is certainly working in her favor. “Animal Again” helps her music career come to full circle.