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23 October 2014

The Handsome Family to play sold out show in London next week

The Handsome Family sold out show London

The Handsome Family to play sold out show in London next week

The Handsome Family have been feted by the likes of Ringo Starr and covered by artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird. In a career that spans twenty years they've toured the world in their own charmingly DIY fashion - one car, one hotel room, one stage.... night after night after night - and in that time they've performed as a duo, with a band and have had onstage collaborations with such folk-royalty as Eliza Carthy, country legend Charlie Louvin and indie-kings like Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker. In each and every instance they've more than held their own, thanks in the main to their songs - a series of unique and wondrous compositions that, as Jeff Tweedy once said, are the “product of two beautiful brains”.

Following an extensive European tour earlier in the year to support their latest album 'Wilderness', The Handsome Familly return to London for a sold-out London show at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 29th October 2014.


2014 has been a big year for The Handsome Family, with their track 'Far From Any Road' being chosen for the main title sequence of cult HBO series 'True Detectives'.



Wild animals, tall tales, and folk-lore from American history populate Wilderness - the latest studio album from New Mexico's Handsome Family, released on Loose Music. Recorded at home in Albuquerque and at the Wilco Loft in Chicago it's a record that found husband & wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks blending Appalachian holler, psych-rock and Tin Pan Alley inspired melodies to conjure up a world where David Attenborough meets David Lynch in a Honky-Tonk bar at midnight.

Mikey Wax releases Taylor Swift / Meghan Trainor Mashup Shake It Off

Mikey Wax Taylor Swift / Meghan Trainor Mashup Shake It Off

Mikey Wax releases Taylor Swift / Meghan Trainor Mashup Shake It Off

Mikey Wax has built a promising career for himself as a truly engaging artist who writes catchy original music. These unique songs have been featured on major TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Pretty Little Liars, the NBC Olympics, Dance Moms and many more. 

One of his original holiday songs will also be featured in the upcoming ABC Family Switched At Birth holiday special. Wax has toured with Parachute and Andy Grammer amongst others, and will be going on tour with Michelle Chamuel from NBC's The Voice this November. It's not often that he records a cover song, as he has a lot to say in his own songs, but this one was too hard for him to resist, and has since been going viral.

You can also stream his new, self-titled album "Mikey Wax" here: http://bit.ly/MikeyWaxAlbum

 

Threshold V Festival Liverpool is back - 27th-29th March, 2015

Threshold V Festival Liverpool March 2015

Threshold V Festival Liverpool is back - 27th-29th March, 2015

Threshold V, the fifth annual Festival of Music and Arts in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle quarter will take place on 27th-29th March 2015. The festival, which began in 2011, is a platform of grassroots creative arts, workshops, shopping, food, activities and, most of all; music.

"Last year we had a real 'coming of age' feeling and that's helped us in planning for Threshold 2015; not many festivals make it this far. Also, growing up alongside the Baltic Triangle has been quite an adventure. This will be our best festival yet." - Chris Herstad Carney, Threshold Festival Producer

The 3-day event will showcase the very best music and arts of Liverpool and further afield and also include stalls, food, talks and workshops. It will take place in Constellations, District, The Baltic Social, Unit 51, Baltic Creative, Lantern Theatre and other venues throughout the Baltic Triangle. 

Limited Early Bird Weekend Tickets for Threshold V are available at £10 until January 1st when they go up to full price.

Purchase £10 Early Bird for Threshold V Now

The submissions window is open until midnight on December 1st 2014 after which, no further applications will be accepted. 


Threshold Festival is a home-made music and arts event held in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle focusing on emerging artists, new work/ first views, collaboration, DIY, avant garde and community based projects - encompassing music, theatre, film, performance and visual arts.

Threshold V the fifth annual Festival of Music and Arts takes place 27-29th March 2015 in the Baltic Triangle of Liverpool.

Swedish Band Chirping to release new single Ambitions

Swedish Band Chirping new single Ambitions

Swedish Band Chirping to release new single Ambitions

Chirping are an indie pop rock band hailing all the way from Sweden. The boys have been busy working on their new material, performing with Tove Lo and doing various shows all over Scandinavia.

Now they have decided to release their much anticipated new single Ambitions. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Cure, The Smiths, The Vaccines, The Drums and The Strokes, Chirping are all about authenticity, attitude and whooping hook lines.

The four-piece, consisting of Carl, Johan, Björn and Viktor, have a very strong DIY attitude. They spent a long period of time building their own rehearsal room and recording studio from scratch where they self-produced and self-mixed Ambitions. At the very last hurdle they had decided to bring in a mastering professional called Thomas Eberger who has worked with a countless amount of Swedish stars including The Hives.

The result is a clear-cut and straightforward track with a chorus giving way to another rush of serotonin each time it comes on. Carl’s low and quirky vocals are fresh, cool and honest, and he delivers his lines with the heart-on-sleeve sincerity resembling Julian Casablancas and Ian Mcculloch.

As the title suggests, Ambitions has got a go-get-it attitude, and it will be available for sale and download 27th October.


Ivy and Gold share new video for Behind the Mask

Ivy and Gold new video Behind the Mask

Ivy and Gold share new video for Behind the Mask

After a breathtaking performance to a sold-out London’s St Pancras Church last month and the release of their latest EP Smoke and Mirrors, British duo Ivy and Gold are pleased to reveal a special new video.

From the recent EP, ‘Behind The Mask’ is a haunting, fragile tale of love, deception and overcoming betrayal: 
Mother / Tell me is this where the story ends / Do I have to start again / _ 
Who’s the man behind the mask / You wore it when you had me fooled / To the last laugh”_.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD.

The video was created in collaboration with Space NK, who handpicked Ivy and Gold to be the faces and sound of their homage to the renowned make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin (1962-2002). Aucoin worked with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow and Courtney Love, Space NK are hosting an exclusive retrospective exhibition at their Knightsbridge store from Oct 21st - Oct 26th.

Comprised of Rachel Wilkinson and Jamie Davies, Ivy and Gold are inspired by soundtrack composers Tom Tyker (Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run) and Hans Zimmer as well as Florence & The Machine, James Blake and Banks. Their EPs demonstrate the strength of their songwriting: cinematic arrangements are complimented by sublime melodies and Rachel’s powerful vocals.

The two-piece’s next live show is confirmed for December at London’s Roundhouse Studio. Additionally, anyone that purchases a ticket for the forthcoming show (via Ticketmaste and Ticketweb) will receive a free exclusive download of an unreleased Ivy and Gold track.



Tues 9th December 
Roundhouse Studio, London 
7pm / £ 8 / 14+ Tickets

Buy Ivy and Gold’s Smoke and Mirrors EP.

Florida based rapper Terock releases new single HNIC

Florida eapper Terock new single HNIC

Florida based rapper Terock releases new single HNIC

Florida based rapper and hip-hop heavyweight Terock has today released his brand new surefire club hit single ‘HNIC’ via his own label Arrogant Minds Entertainment, which is available now on iTunes and through all digital retailers.

‘HNIC’ is a great reflection of Terrance Brock’s (AKA Terock) personal brand and sound, blending unshakable lyrical confidence with impressive urban beats to create a party-worthy club hit record.

As fierce a poet as he is a rapper, Terock cites influences such as veteran hip-hop and rap artists Nas and Outkast. Growing up in Tampa, Florida, as a drummer and a rabid fan of hip-hop and rap music, Terock performed his first rap song written by his older brother while still in elementary school. He quickly rose up in the Southern hip-hop rankings and started his own record label, 8522 Music (now Arrogant Minds Entertainment), to prove that artists can be major without a major.

Since then he has performed with Illsyadas, recorded a song for WCW Wrestler Evan Korageous and recorded six official full-length releases and over a dozen singles. He garnered a national distribution deal with RND Distribution in 2003 with the album Greenridge, the Untold Story and in 2007 released White Kollar Hustlin. In 2010 he showcased his wide range of musical influences on Black Market Music and after taking a break he is now back with his latest single, HNIC.

You can listen to ‘HNIC’ now on Terock’s official SoundCloud page over at https://soundcloud.com/terock813/hnicdirty.


For more information, visit:
Twitter: @Terock1
Instagram: Terock813

21 October 2014

Carousels and Limousines to release their E.P. Strange Love

Carousels and Limousines E.P. Strange Love

Carousels and Limousines to release their E.P. Strange Love

The Bath based Carousels and Limousines have been keeping very busy this summer by performing at variety of shows and festivals including Glastonbury, The Great Escape, a US tour and recording new material. 

The five-piece are all in their mid twenties and have only been playing together as a band for one ear. They have, however, already caught the attention of The Guardian, Artrocker, NME, Big Cheese, Mark Beaumont, Clash and Q Magazine. 

They have also been played regularly on BBC introducing. Not bad going Now Sam, Dom, Finn, Jay and Martyn are ready to release their much anticipated ep Strange Love. Having been compared to Tom Petty, The War on Drugs and The Gaslight Anthem, Sam and Dom’s vocal impact stays with the listener for a long while after. Filled with irresistible riffs, washed in dreamy harmonies and led by steady mid tempo drum-beats, the Americana ep is an overall infusion of memorable musicianship.

With unique and edgy live presence, Carousels and Limousines are all about authenticity and memorable songs, and their upcoming ep will be available for sale and download 17th

LIVE DATES:

5th November - Monarch Camden, London 

11th November – Komedia, Bath

13th November – Mr Wolf’s, Bristol

21st November – Troubadour, London

4th December – Monarch, Camden


Brighton based Morning Smoke release new single Hunger

Brighton Morning Smoke new single Hunger

Brighton based Morning Smoke release new single Hunger

The Brighton based Morning Smoke have been keeping very busy this summer by performing at variety of shows and festivals including The Great Escape, supporting Joel Gion and recording new material.

The four-piece are all still under 20 years old and have only been playing together as a band for one year. They have, however, already caught the attention of The Sun, Artrocker, NME, Big Cheese, Clash and Q Magazine. They have also been played by XFM’s John Kennedy and even outvoted Sam Smith on BBC 1 Edith Bowman’s Show. Not bad going

Now Milo, Max, Isaac and Chris are ready to release their much anticipated double-a single called Hunger and Stephanie I. Having been compared to Sonic Youth, Joy Division and Interpol, Milo’s vocal impact stays with the listener for a long while after. Filled with irresistible riffs, washed in dreamy reverbs and led by steady mid tempo drum-beats, the pre-gothic double-a side is an overall infusion of memorable musicianship.

With unique and edgy sonic presence, Morning Smoke are all about authenticity and memorable noise, and their upcoming Double-A singles will be available for sale and download 1st December 2014.

LIVE DATES:
9th October - Proud Camden, London 
10th October - Brunswick, Hove 
14th October- Shacklewell Arms (Through Fierce Panda Promotions)
24th October - Bleach, Brighton
19th November The Social London (Through Heavenly Promotions)