Twin Shadow Announces Night Rally Tour

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Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr., has announced new tour dates for the Night Rally Tour. This past April, the band was forced to go on hiatus after being involved in a bus accident. The tour will kick off on August 21st in Portland, OR, and crisscross the U.S. and Canada through mid-October. Tickets for most shows go on sale to the public this Friday, June 26th,www.twinshadow.net/live.

Twin Shadow is touring in support of his most recent album Eclipse, which has been earning outstanding praise from press. NPR said, “‘When The Lights Turn Out’ goes even bigger, via a sound abounding with peals of U2-style guitar, strings that seem lifted from The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony,’ and drums that sound as if they’ve been pummeled by Thor from the cataclysmic rock band Swans.” Rolling Stone said, “Eclipse is an album that’s self-assured and unrestrained,” and Entertainment Weeklywrites, “Lewis’ seductive voice provides irresistible tether.”

One of the tracks on Eclipse“To The Top,” will be featured on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the upcoming film Paper Towns, which will be released on July 10th. The soundtrack is available for pre-order via the iTunes Store here: http://smarturl.it/PaperTownsMusic. The eagerly anticipated film, which hits theaters on July 24th, was adapted from the award-winning bestselling novel by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars).

Twin Shadow’s upcoming tour dates are as follows.

08/21  Portland, OR              Doug Fir Lounge

08/22  Portland, OR              MusicFest NW

08/24  Seattle, WA               Neumos

08/25  Seattle, WA               Neumos

08/26  Vancouver, BC           Imperial

08/28  Edmonton, AB            The Starlite Room

08/29  Calgary, AB               The Gateway

08/31  Saskatoon, SK            O’Brian’s Event Centre

09/02  Winnipeg, MB             Garrick Center

09/03  Minneapolis, MN         Varsity Theater

09/06  Chicago, IL                North Coast Music Festival

09/08  Omaha, NE                Waiting Room

09/09  Denver, CO                Bluebird Theater

09/11  Dallas, TX                  South Side Music Hall

09/12  Houston, TX               Untapped Festival

09/15  Raleigh, NC               Red Hat Amphitheater

09/17  Pittsburgh, PA            Stage AE

09/18  Cincinnati, OH            PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

09/19  Columbus, OH            The LC Pavilion

09/21  Austin, TX                 Moody Theater

09/22  Austin, TX                 Moody Theater

09/25  Nashville, TN             Exit In

09/30  Philadelphia, PA         Union Transfer

10/01  New York, NY            Terminal 5

10/07  Orlando, FL               The Social

10/08  New Orleans, LA        Republic New Orleans

10/10  San Antonio, TX         Paper Tiger

10/12  Phoenix, AZ              The Crescent Ballroom

10/14  Belly Up Tavern         Solana Beach, CA

10/16  Santa Ana, CA           The Observatory

10/17  Los Angeles, CA         The Fonda Theatre

BZRK Gets Deep with “Crop Circles”

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Nashville based BZRK come to life on their new record “Crop Circles” which has been making its rounds on the internet. The buzzworthy new release has just spawned the video for the first single, “Interpersonal Ethic,” a superb introduction to many to the group. The underground Hip Hop trio bring together elements that are smoothly combined, creating a brilliant sophomore release. The album, out now via Jeffery Drag Records, brings a cutting edge sound to a longtime genre. They’re unique and ahead of the game. The beats are the record, supplied by member Cropsey, are hard-hitting and captivating…even if you aren’t a fan of Hip Hop. It’s psychedelic, it’s indie, it’s an explosion of sound. Alongside stunning narrative that increasingly tells a story throughout, what we hear is a cohesive group bringing together key elements to make “Crop Circles” a package deal.

BZRK has created a noteworthy release with “Crop Circles” which brings a game changer into the world of underground Hip Hop. In short, it’s a brilliant record that should be put on your map for 2015.

Watch: “Interpersonal Ethic”  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=enzS8TZ7Vbo

Father’s Day Special : Tom Levin’s “Father to a Son”

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We have a special one for all the Father’s on Father’s Day today. A current Great Record Chase favorite, we have an oldie-but-goodie from Tom Levin; an indie folk singer-songwriter that has been attracting a lot of attention in the U.S.. Strumming into the weekend with the very special tune, “Father to a Son,” just in time for Father’s Day, the video is perfect to send to the Father-like figures in your life. We dig it, and we think you will to. Happy Father’s Day!

Watch it here:
Tom Levin “Father to a Son

Palehound Drop 1st Single

Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter behind Boston based project,Palehound, is even more prodigious than her age suggests. On the heels of the critically acclaimed Bent Nail EP and a national tour with Speedy Ortiz, Palehound will release the highly anticipated debut full-length album Dry Food on August 14 via Exploding in Sound Records. Recorded with Gabe Wax (Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz), the album is full of sonic and emotional twist in turns as it was written at a time in Kempner’s life that was defined by instability and uncertainty. Dry Food is highlighted by Kempner’s whispery alto voice and sophisticated musicianship, which gives the album a raw, confessional feel, even on louder, rattling tracks.

Molly” bursts open the record with a static earworm of a bass line, fuzzed-out guitar textures, and a melodic hook standing as a snapshot of the deliciously unpredictable compositions to follow. “Healthier Folk” slows down the tempo but not the energy, as the moody, lackadaisical vocals are supported with a bright and grungy sound. The glistening and complex guitar work on the dreamy “Cinnamon” showcase Kempner’s musicianship while making it evident that her musical roots grow deep. Where as, “Cushioned Caging” finds her crystaline vocals set on top of crashing drums and walls of reverb, truly allowing her voice to shine.

Chatting it up with Year of October

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Nashville’s Year of October will be taking the stage this Saturday (6/6) at The Green Bar Lantern in Kentucky. We were able to chat with the band leading up to the show, which you should definitely check out if you’re in the area (And we suggest that you do!). Their bluesy vibes will usher in the weekend nicely. – James Lavesque

Lexington is glad to have Year of October back. What’s your favorite part of playing in Lexington, or Kentucky in general?
Playing in Kentucky is always fun because it is where Josh and I grew up. I was in the Western KY area and we love going back there because we get to see and play for a lot of my friends and family. Josh grew up in Lexington, and we both went to college there at UK (which was where we met). So it is always great to go back to where we started and see his family and friends that he has known for years and played in other bands with. People in both areas are supportive of original music and we always have a lot of fun atthe shows. Also we really like playing at the Green Lantern in Lexington and JP’s Bar and Grill in Paducah.  Both places really treat bands well and put on a lot of great shows.
 
How did you hone your live stage skills?
I feel like we are always working on our live stage skills. The more comfortable that we feel on stage thebetter our show is going to be. I know Josh grew up watching bands like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana and I great up watching singers like Norah Jones and old soul singers like Aretha Franklin. So I’d say that we both try to channel those influences. It’s interesting playing in a rock band because each night our stage is different and the way that we react to the songs is different.
 
Your sound transcends different genres. What genre feels most like home, especially in a live stage setting?
Blues/Rock is our go to. We have the most fun playing this genre and really get into it in a live setting. Folkier acoustic performances can be fun as well, but I feel that our songs are meant for a more rock setting.
 
Being a well-traveled band, what is your favorite part of being on stage? Playing in front of audiences?
I think seeing and hearing the audiences reactions to songs is my favorite part. I love writing music and knowing what the songs mean to me, but when you get on stage and put those songs out there for other people you get to feel the crowd get into the song or react to it.  I also love the hush that comes from a crowd of people who are enjoying a song, like during a quieter part when no one is talking and you just look out and see everyone staring back.
The songs on the new record are very well written and thought out. How do you take those songs and mold them for your live set?
 
We really just had to try out some different things live and see if they worked.  We would try playing a softer song full band in practice and just see if it felt right.  “Spell On Me” is an example of one of those that we play full band live but was just vocals and guitar on the record.  Some of the songs have a completely different feel from how they were recorded.  Pretty much all the changes we have in songs live are slight changes or even little additions, just things that we now hear differently that we did while recording.  We are starting to write again and this time we are trying to play the songs out more to get a better feel of them before we hit the studio. We try to make the songs the best they can be and will continue to work with them in a live setting.