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new music: Underworld

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“Border Country” is the second collaboration with friend of Underworld and DRIFT community member Ø [Phase]. It’s the final part of DRIFT Episode 4 and will be available on all DSPs July 4. Their upcoming album Drift Songs will be out October 25, 2019. It will be Underworld’s first album release since 2016’s Grammy nominated LP Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future.

Rick Smith said: “My relationship with Ashley a.k.a Ø [PHASE] began in Autumn 2017 when I first heard his Submerged Metropolitan release.. it’s not an exaggeration to say I immediately fell in love with his music. There was a sense of journey and mystery and magic to what I heard. Having worked with him for a little while we know he brings that same magic to the table every time, informed by his deep passion and understanding of the lineage of Techno and a thirst to learn and grow. A lovely talented man.” 

 

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new music and tour dates: K. Flay

Grammy-nominated K. Flay released a new single– “Sister”– with a dark driving beat and uplifting lyrics. It’s from her upcoming album Solutions which is out July 12, 2019. Her music combines analog synths with live bass and guitar, infusing pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronica.

Here’s what the Illinois native had to say about sisterhood: “Being a sister isn’t about gender or DNA. It’s about unselfconscious love. About saying I’M HERE, I LOVE YOU, IT’S OK TO BE YOURSELF, and hearing those words echoed back. Not because you asked for them, but because they’re true. Girls are sisters and boys are sisters. Dads are sisters to their sons. Mothers sisters to their mothers too. I’ve come to understand that family is created. Family is a verb. It’s something you build day by day, sometimes in the hot sun and sometimes when everything is going wrong.”

 

About the album title, Flay said: “The solution to almost every problem is usually really simple. For me, it’s so basic: staying connected to the people I love, taking care of myself the way I’d want my friends to take care of themselves, and doing things I know are going to make me happy – not what social media or strangers or society tells me. So many of my past records were about problems. Right now I’m in a place where I’m looking for some light. Balance is important. Life doesn’t have to be chaotic in order to be meaningful.”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
6/7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan
6/10 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
6/12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
6/14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
6/16 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
6/29 – West Valley City, UT – LOVELOUD Festival
8/2 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
8/3 – Long Beach, CA – Alt 98.7 Summer Camp
8/24 – Cheyenne, WY – Edge Fest
9/3 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
9/5 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
9/7 – Oakland, CA – The Fox
9/9 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
9/11 – Seattle, WA – SODO
9/13 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
9/14 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
9/17 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
9/19 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
9/20 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
9/21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
9/22 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
9/25 – Boston, MA – Royale
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
9/29 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
9/30 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/2 – Nashville, TN – Marathon
10/4-6 – Austin City Limits
10/11-13 – Austin City Limits
10/12 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore

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new music: Mae Muller

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North London singer-songwriter Mae Muller reminds me of Lily Allen. She’s edgy and has that speak-sing going on. This new song “Anticlimax” has a grooving beat and a sunny, confident vibes.

Muller said: “Anticlimax is a feel-good song about a not so good situation. I wanted to capture that feeling of disappointment when you’ve liked someone for ages and then you finally end up giving it a go and it’s nothing like what you thought it would be! It all works out in the end though because it made me realise my worth and that I don’t have time for a time waster!”

The 21-year-old gained attention when she posted Rihanna and Frank Ocean covers on Instagram. She’s released two EPs-After Hours and Frankly.

Mae describes music as her weapon: “I won’t write a sad song, I’ll write a bad bitch thing like ‘I’m going to fuck your life up’. It’s my way of feeling strong.”  Very cool.

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new music: The Head and the Heart

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Indie folk band The Head and the Heart will release its fourth album, Living Mirage, on May 17, 2019. The Seattle, Washington band recorded the songs in Mojave Desert’s Joshua Tree, Appleton, Wisconsin’s The Refuge Fox Cities, West Seattle, Omnisound in Nashville, and Barefoot Recordings in Los Angeles with the help of Tyler Johnson and Alex Salibian (Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Cam) and engineer Ryan Nasci.

The Head and the Heart is:

Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Charity Rose Thielen (violin, guitar, vocals)
Chris Zasche (bass)
Kenny Hensley (piano)
Tyler Williams (drums)

About the rousing new song “Missed Connection,” drummer Tyler Williams said: “A lot of the beats on that song are quicker, and there are high hats that were never in our music before.”

Living Mirage Tracklisting:
01. See You Through My Eyes
02. Missed Connection
03. People Need a Melody
04. Honeybee
05. Brenda
06. Running Through Hell
07. Up Against The Wall
08. Saving Grace
09. I Found Out
10. Living Mirage
11. Glory of Music

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new music and tour dates: FOALS

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Foals will release a new album, Everything Will Be Saved Part 1  on March 8, 2019. There’s a video for the super-charged new single “On the Luna:”

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 tracklisting:

1. Moonlight
2. Exits
3. White Onions
4. In Degrees
5. Syrups
6. On The Luna
7. Cafe D’Athens
8. Surf Pt.1
9. Sunday
10. I’m Done With The World (& It’s Done With Me)

TOUR DATES:

April 12 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel^
April 13 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel ^ SOLD OUT
April 14 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel^ SOLD OUT
April 16 /// Washington, D.C. /// 9:30 Club^ SOLD OUT
April 18 /// Washington, D.C. /// 9:30 Club^
April 19 /// Boston, MA /// House of Blues^
April 20 /// Philadelphia, PA /// The Fillmore^
April 22 /// Toronto, ON /// Rebel^
April 23 /// Columbus, OH /// Newport Music Hall
April 24 /// St. Louis, MO /// The Pageant^
April 26 /// Detroit, MI /// Saint Andrews Hall^
April 27 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre^
April 28 /// Milwaukee, WI /// The Rave^
April 30 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Avenue^
May 2 /// Kansas City, MO /// Midland Theatre+
May 4 /// Atlanta, GA /// Shaky Knees Festival 2019#

* with Bear Hands & Kiev
^ with Preoccupations & Omni
# Festival Date
+ Supporting Interpol

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on tour: Cults

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New York-based duo Cults — one of my favorite bands– released Offering B-Sides & Remixes, a companion release to 2017’s LP Offering  that includes three previously unreleased songs  and a new remix of “Recovery” by famed producer John Fryer. The band start a U.S. tour in Washington, DC on November 30. Get ready for some dreaminess.

Offering B-Sides & Remixes Tracklisting:

1.) Not Impossible

2.) Hope You Found What You’ve Been Missing

3.) An Echo

4.) Offering (Mike Simonetti Remix)

5.) I Took Your Picture (Etienne de Crecy Remix)

6.) Recovery (John Fryer Remix)

U.S. TOUR DATES:

11/30/18 – DC9 – Washington, DC

12/1/18 – DC9 – Washington, DC

12/2/18 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

12/3/18 – Great Scott – Allston, MA

12/8/18 – Baby’s All Right (Early Show) – Brooklyn, NY

12/8/18 – Baby’s All Right (Late Show) – Brooklyn, NY

12/15/18 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

12/16/18 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

12/17/18 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

12/19/18 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

12/20/18 – Gundlach Bunschu Winery – Sonoma, CA

12/22/18 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA

12/23/18 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA

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FALL TOUR: Billie Eilish

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16-year-old alt-pop phenom Billie Eilish kicks off a headlining North American tour on October 23, 2018 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Tour stops include Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago. Ethereal vocals mix with dark lyrics to create beautiful and often haunting songs. Her debut EP ‘don’t smile at me’ has 761 MILLION combined streams globally. This month, “Lovely (with Khalid)” was also officially certified as RIAA GOLD in North America and PLATINUM in Australia. Born and raised in Los Angeles by two actor/musician parents, Billie Eilish began singing in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus when she was eight years old. She co-writes a lot of her music with her brother Finneas O’Connell. 

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
07/28 – Mo Pop Festival – Detroit, MI
08/01 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
08/02 – Lollapalooza Festival – Chicago, IL
08/04 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, ON
08/10-12 – Outside Lands Festival – San Francisco, CA
08/23 – Republik – Honolulu, HI – SOLD OUT
09/15-9/16 – Music Midtown Festival – Atlanta, GA
10/02 – Bridgestone Arena (Supporting Florence & The Machine) – Nashville, TN
10/03 – Spectrum Center (Supporting Florence & The Machine) – Charlotte, NC
10/04 – The NorVA – Norfolk, VA – SOLD OUT
10/06 – All Things Go Festival – Washington DC
10/23 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/24 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
10/31 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
11/02 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
11/03 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
11/04 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
11/05 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
11/07 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC**
11/13 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
11/14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/16 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – SOMA – San Diego, CA
11/20 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

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