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  • Missio
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    Missio

    "Twisted"

    Austin, TX sonic auteur duo MISSIO unveil their latest sonic foray in “Twisted”. It details the highly personal realization of the addictions of front man Matthew Brue, in a dark, brooding habit-former of an earworm.

     

    MISSIO (Matthew Brue & David Butler) have accrued over 10 million streams, most recently reaching #7 on the U.S. Spotify Viral chart for their single “I Don’t Even Care About You”, featured on Apple Music’s ‘Best Of The Week’ playlist, MTV’s hit show ‘Finding Carter’, and a recent sync on ‘Scream’. Having debuted their live show at SXSW 2016, the duo garnered immediate respect from industry tastemakers for their immersive live setup, holding their own while supporting MSTRKRFT, Gary Clark Jr. and more.

     

    MISSIO just wrapped a successful US Tour for this release supporting rising alternative chanteuse K. Flay across multiple US dates through November.

    Listen: Missio – “Twisted”

    Missio – “Twisted”

  • The Georgia Flood
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    The Georgia Flood

    People Like Ourselves

    Atlanta band The Georgia Flood‘s upcoming debut national release is “People Like Ourselves”! The EP’s genre-bending alt rock takes influence from Kings Of Leon to The Black Keys to Alabama Shakes….but that’s Only for starters!

     

    The Georgia Flood consists of brothers Brooks Mason and Lane Kelly. Barely into the their 20s the two have been playing music together since they were pre-teens. Most recently the band has been gigging relentlessly and shared the stage with national touring artists such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Sister Hazel, Radio Birds and more. The band has played several southeast music festivals including Rock By The Sea, Old Fourth Ward Fest, Yellow Daisy Festival and the Atlanta Arts Festival and were the featured act at the grand opening of the new Atlanta City Winery venue.

     

    Recorded at Black Cat Studios in Griffin, GA, tracks from the forthcoming “People Like Ourselves” have already found The Georgia Flood fans in the band’s hometown of Atlanta and featured heavily on Radio 105.7’s “Locals Only” show and 99X Radio’s “Something Local” rotation.

    Listen: The Georgia Flood – “Whistle King”

    The Georgia Flood – “Whistle King”

  • Kestrels
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    Kestrels

    Kestrels

    Regrouping following a devastating van and gear theft that saw the band lose key boutique, modded and vintage equipment, Halifax, Nova Scotia trio Kestrels‘ new self-titled album sees the band with a renewed focus on combining a frenzied union of striking melody and sonic bliss.

     

    Recording the rhythm tracks in downtown Toronto’s Dream House Studio by Alex Bonefant (METZ, Crystal Castles), with vocal sessions and guitar tracking taking place in vocalist/guitarist Chad Peck’s gear sanctuary/home studio in Nova Scotia, Kestrels tapped lauded producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate) to mix the record in his LA based Seagrass Studio.

     

    The end result is by far Kestrels‘ most accomplished recording to date–the sum total, a nod to the past, a response to the present and a warm invitation into tomorrow. Intense and raging guitar pairs perfectly with sweet melody!

    Listen: Kestrels – “Temples”

    Kestrels – “Temples”

  • Agnes Obel
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    Agnes Obel

    Citizen Of Glass

    Seemingly arrived Just In Time for this haunting time of year and perfect complement to the dark and sometimes stormy days of fall,  Agnes Obel‘s entrancing first single to radio is “Familiar” from the Danish-born, Berlin-based artist’s newly released album “Citizen Of Glass”.

     

    This staggeringly talented #1 artist across Europe, and a great live success already in the UK, returns with a bigger sound, bigger canvas and, for the first time, a concept for her astonishing third album “Citizen Of Glass”. This time around, Agnes Obel‘s world is wider, her vision broadening to new horizons and her message more universal.

     

    “It’s a rarity; a new album that is great from beginning to end.”–KCRW

     

    “What I heard left me breathless…unbelievably gorgeous”–NPR (Robert Hilton)

     

    “Agnes Obel is a master of her craft”–The Guardian (UK)

     

    “it’s for all of us who need a bit of magic.”–NPR (Bob Boilen)

     

    “her voice contorts to a brawny resonance…at first disconcerting, but soon intoxicating.”–Exclaim! (9 out of 10)

    Listen: Agnes Obel – “Familiar”

    Agnes Obel – “Familiar”

  • Hippo Campus
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    Hippo Campus

    “Boyish” is the first single from indie pop group Hippo Campus in nearly a year and taken from the band’s yet-to-be-announced BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso) produced debut.

     

    Hippo Campus’ “Boyish” is a relentless reminder of what helped catapult the band to festival and late night TV stages only a few short months after their formation in late 2014.

     

    “Boyish” builds upon the undeniable hooks of previous singles “Suicide Saturday” and “South” and promises big things for the Minneapolis youngsters, who you can currently catch on tour with Saint Motel (see tour page).

     

    “BEST NEWCOMERS”–Rolling Stone

     

    “Breezy melodies, taut rhythms [and] youthful charisma”–KEXP

     

    “The biggest word-of-mouth frenzy to emerge over the past six months”–NME

     

    “Shimmering pop-rock earworms (…) and blistering sets”–Entertainment Weekly

     

    “The Minneapolis band is wise beyond its years”–AV Club

     

    “Dancing shoes are a must at their live shows”–NYLON

     

    “Most likely to produce the next big earworm”–The Guardian (UK)

    Listen: Hippo Campus – “Boyish”

    Hippo Campus – “Boyish”

  • matt pond PA
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    matt pond PA

    Winter Lives

    With a shifting cast of band members through the years, eleven full-length albums and countless EPs and singles to his name, Matt Pond eludes characterization in a way that is both unpresuming and larger than life. With longtime collaborator Chris Hansen on guitar and at the production helm, core band member Shawn Alpay’s cello and string arrangements, and contributions by an always notable assemblage of singers and musicians (“Winter Lives” sees contributions from Moving Panoramas’ frontwoman Leslie Sisson & The Mynabirds’ Laura Burhenn!), Pond keeps building on a storyline whose conclusion, while unknown, is undeniably his own.

     

    It makes sense, too, that matt pond PA’s latest release, a bold celebration of what blooms in the coldest, stillest time of the year, is one that has him returning to his live-free-or-die roots. With “Winter Lives”, he gets to the point: This isn’t about labels and contracts. It’s about the music. It makes the clear and fully independent statement: It’s about connection.

    Listen: matt pond PA – “Whoa” (radio edit)

    matt pond PA – “Whoa” (radio edit)

  • Sundara Karma
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    Sundara Karma

    Loveblood EP

    Dealing strictly in memorable and soaring choruses, brooding romanticism and a sense of euphoric uplift, Sundara Karama (“beautiful karma” in Sanskrit) are a Reading, England four-piece who’ve been selling out crammed, sweaty venues up and down the UK with songs built for big crowds and arena sing-a-longs.

     

    Think panoramic rock songs with a long missing sense of abandon and euphoria. Think bold, bright, powerful and yearning…and then you’re Nearly there.

     

    Sundara Karma have had a whirlwind year, including two playlisted records on BBC Radio 1, rave write-ups from NME and they even opened the main stage at Reading Festival in August. Quite the weighty accolade for a band who grew up with the festival on their doorsteps.

     

    “We’re trying to make music that was more exciting than our lives,” explains singer Oscar LuLu. “We know there’s a bigger, more exciting world out there.”
    Sundara Karma will soon be here for the BBC Music Presents tour, the first of its kind in the U.S. (see our tour page).

    Listen: Sundara Karma – “Loveblood” (radio edit)

    Sundara Karma – “Loveblood” (radio edit)

  • Nahko and Medicine For The People
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    Nahko and Medicine For The People

    Hoka

    We Couldn’t be more excited to deliver Nahko and Medicine For The People‘s new single“Love Letters To God.” This Very immediate and anthemic new single that fuses powerful and positive messages to an infectious rhythm. Nahko is the Real Deal! You Will Dance. You Will Feel. You Will Think!

     

    Some people go a lifetime without knowing their mission in life, without feeling they have true calling, and without knowing why they even do what they do. Nahko is not one of them. And that calling and mission has never been clearer than it is on Nahko and Medicine for the People‘ s third full length album, “HOKA”.

     

    On “HOKA” , Nahko‘s voice is strong. His mission is clear. The mandate has been thrown down.

     

    “Hoka is a Lakota word, an indigenous tribe from the Great Plains, it is a call to action. It’s what Crazy Horse would say when he went into battle, ‘Hoka, hey!’ My call is to put action to the words that I speak and the lyrics I sing. Not just to talk, but to do,” says Oregon born singer/songwriter Nahko, who is of Puerto Rican, Native American (Apache), and Filipino descent.

     

    “This is the soundtrack of the movement for a better planet,” he continues. “I want to challenge myself and others to make a change.”

     

    “A musical prophet.”–Huffington Post

     

    “Crashing indie folk.”–Consequence Of Sound

    Listen: Nahko and Medicine For The People – “Love Letters To God” (radio edit)

    Nahko and Medicine For The People – “Love Letters To God” (radio edit)

  • The Orwells
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    The Orwells

    Terrible Human Beings

    The Orwells’ describe their new album, “Terrible Human Beings”, as “mutilated pop songs.” Singer Mario Cuomo says, “we wanted to make songs that at their core are catchy and pretty, then slash them up.”

     

    Recorded over the course of a month at Chicago’s Electrical Audio, “Terrible Human Beings” was produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele), with whom The Orwells had worked on a couple of “Disgraceland”’s best tunes. Of the recording process, guitarist Matt O’Keefe says,“We’ve always been a simple band, but this time it was about trying to keep everything straightforward, nothing flashy.”

     

    The Orwells are currently on a tour of intimate venues across the US. Throughout the tour they will be supporting the work of Off The Street Club, Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club. Located in West Garfield Park, more than 3,000 kids participate in afterschool programs, tutoring and mentorship opportunities. A portion of the proceeds from both tickets and merch from the whole tour will go towards Off The Street Club.  For more information about how to get involved with Off The Street find them at www.offthestreetclub.com.

    Listen: The Orwells – “They Put A Body In The Bayou”

    The Orwells – “They Put A Body In The Bayou”

  • LVL UP
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    LVL UP

    Return To Love

    “Pain” is the first taste from New York’s LVL UP (yup–“Level Up”)–a lo-fi indie rock jammer from the band’s forthcoming third album “Return To Love” (out 9/23)!

     

    LVL UP – guitarists Mike Caridi and Dave Benton, bassist Nick Corbo, and drummer Greg Rutkin – is a true collaboration, a band that takes the stylistically distinct ideas of four members and brings them together into something new. The four members write and sing equally, bringing their work to the group to be fully realized, resulting in an album built on different perspectives but a common drive.

     

    The music itself grows from a shared melodic and experimental sensibility, as well as a nod to iconic influences like Neutral Milk Hotel and Mount Eerie. But each songwriter has a different vision every step of the way, and there isn’t always alignment–it shouldn’t make sense, but in the end it does.

     

    “New York’s LVL UP are experts in reworking ’90s-sounding indie rock gems for the modern age…channeling both the rock brawn and playful charm of Pavement, Built To Spill, and Weezer.”–Consequence Of Sound

     

    “The four-piece uses that time wisely, building up to one of the best payoffs I’ve heard all year. …the group’s most ambitious work to date.”–Stereogum (on “Pain”)

     

    “Lead single ‘Pain’ is really promising. It’s a sad story told with wobbly guitars, all drifting towards a J Mascis-style college-rock breakdown.”–TheFADER

     

    “Prickly guitars creep into the margins, but the band remains surprisingly cheery-eyed in spite of them, embracing the uplifting elasticity of the same Built To Spill records they’ve been looking toward since their formation five years ago.”–Pitchfork

    Listen: LVL UP – “Pain” (radio edit)

    LVL UP – “Pain” (radio edit)

  • American Wrestlers
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    American Wrestlers

    Goodbye Terrible Youth

    How do you improve and already striking set of stripped-down, homemade pop? Gary McClure, the St. Louis-by-way-of Scotland songwriter behind American Wrestlers, a once anonymous project that became one of last year’s Best new bands, believes it’s about being true to the basics.

     

    “It’s truly about becoming good enough to write the album you wanted to listen to when you were 15,” he says. “Every time I make a new record, I feel like I’m getting closer.”

     

    “Goodbye Terrible Youth” (out 11/4) shows McClure taking bedroom recordings onto a bigger stage without sacrificing the intimacy that makes them so attractive. If his self-titled album showed his knack for stringing together addictive guitar lines—the shimmer of shoegaze mixed with the emotional fist pump of power pop—”Goodbye Terrible Youth” amplifies that energy with a road-tested band. Literally breaking out of the home studio—the Tascam mixer McClure had been recording on has fallen apart from overuse—he’s embraced a bigger sound and stage on “Goodbye Terrible Youth”, his rueful yet propulsive songwriting only becoming sharper.

     

    Says McClure: “I wanted to write songs that bridged the gap better between audience and stage. Faster, louder, more distortion. Something you can do handstands and backflips and start small fires to.”

     

    “One Of the most exciting albums I’ve heard this year.”–The Guardian (UK)

     

    “this is one of the best records of the year. At times lo-fi and dreamy, at others basking in melodic power-pop.”–Q Magazine 4/5 (UK)

     

    “American Wrestlers sound has grown from bedroom pop to a rock band that occupies a space somewhere between psych-rock and Americana.”–AV Club

     

    “These nine tracks, with their lo-fi alt rock affinities fit perfectly alongside indie faves such as War On Drugs.”–The Independent 4/5 (UK)

     

    “American Wrestlers have swelled from a solo bedroom project to a full honest-to-god band….the increased fidelity only adds to the sense that you’re listening to some lost FM classic.”–Stereogrum

     

    “quite simply, one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in 2016.”–USA Today

    Listen: American Wrestlers – “Give Up”

    American Wrestlers – “Give Up”

  • Walker Lukens
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    Walker Lukens

    Never Understood

    Austin, TX’s Walker Lukens is Easily one of the freshest new artists to come across our desk all year (without a hint of hyperbole, you Need to hear this fella immediately!). The EP is produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and the Fantastically Fresh First single and Fantastic Video is “Lifted”!

     

    Produced by Eno in his Public Hi-Fi studio in Austin, the four songs on Walker Lukens‘ “Never Understood” EP (out 10/14) showcase the man’s distinctive and diverse talents as a songwriter and singer and is a striking and peerless listen recorded with his longtime backing band, The Side Arms.

     

    “I wanted to make a video that felt like flipping through a bunch of tabs on your internet browser. I wanted to make a video that felt like the Internet went through a food processor. Brad Montesi and I compiled a bunch of our favorite memes, GIFS, motifs and gags and basically tried to recreate them with my bandmates and me.”–Walker Lukens

     

    “So, I get this CD in by Walker Lukens, I’ve never heard of him…I listened to it, and it was so good. I listened to it, and I thought, I’ve got to listen to this again. Maybe I’m just in a really good mood. And nope, it holds up. Even on my worst days, this is a fantastic record.”–NPR All Songs Considered (Robin Hilton)

     

    “Because while sounding exactly like nothing on the dial right now, this piece of jittery do-wop slapback–nonetheless sounds like something you could use on a radio playlist to perfectly seque in or out of The Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight”. It’s a legitimate straight-out-of-leftfield contender.”–Esquire

    Listen: Walker Lukens – “The Touch” (radio edit)

    Walker Lukens – “The Touch” (radio edit)

  • Gallant
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    Gallant

    Ology

    “Weight In Gold” is Gallant‘s first single to radio off the buzzing new album “Ology”, and it tempers an airing atmosphere with chopped-up blues guitars, giving way to an impassioned and infectious croon from the furthest reaches of outer space.

     

    The push-and-pull that drives Gallant’s music is like a pendulum swinging back and forth between genres and influences.  His combination of muscular vocal acrobatics and sonic unpredictability has attracted universal tastemaker praise and a growing fan base.

     

    LA Times claimed, “Precise writing of Frank Ocean, big vocal runs of Sam Smith,” and NME predicted, “the voice that will redefine R&B,” while Entertainment Weekly, TheFADER, Billboard, and More have shown support.

     

    In addition to high profile sets delivered at Coachella, Firefly and SXSW in 2016 earlier this year, Gallant collaborated live with Sufjan Stevens and  and sold out his first two NY and L.A. shows. However, the artist continues questioning, learning, and progressing on his full-length debut, “Ology.”

    Listen: Gallant – “Weight In Gold”

    Gallant – “Weight In Gold”

  • Big Jesus
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    Big Jesus

    Oneiric

    Atlanta, GA’s BIG JESUS‘ first single “SP” contrasts loud and heavy fuzz-laden tones with soft, melodic vocals, “SP” kicks open the door energetically with big guitars and a heavy beat, while the singing gives it an almost psychedelic attraction. “Oneiric” (out 9/30) was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Sum 41, Alkaline Trio).

     

    BIG JESUS has already garnered comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and early Smashing Pumpkins. “Ussery’s voice sits somewhere between Billy Corgan and Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aubert,” says NOISEY/Vice, “but he’s more relaxed than either, happy to sit on top of the mix and drive it home rather than battle the concrete guitars around him.”

     

    BIG JESUS‘ eclectic sound stems from their surroundings and upbringing in the Atlanta, GA music scene. “We grew up on the popular rock music of the 90s, and were greatly impacted by everything from metal, psychedelic pop, shoegaze, hip hop, and even classical piano music,” says lead singer Spencer Ussery.

     

    “Big Riffs” and “Pop-Heavy Melodies”–NOISEY/Vice

     

    “(Big Jesus) tear up the rulebook on the genre and boast one of the very best names in rock to boot.”–Alternative Press (“Artist To Watch”)

    Listen: Big Jesus – “SP”

    Big Jesus – “SP”

  • Bleeker
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    Bleeker

    Bleeker

    Dance and Sing Along and Forget about your everyday lives for a while! This first single off their new, self-titled EP is the perfect introduction to Bleeker and won’t leave your brain anytime soon.

     

    Four-piece Toronto-based Bleeker has been steadily building a loyal legion of fans – touring their native Canada. But they have sights firmly set now on something more global. In short, they live to play and play to live.

     

    + Produced by Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco)

    Listen: Bleeker – “Highway”

    Bleeker – “Highway”