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  • Hippo Campus
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    Hippo Campus

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    Hippo Campus“landmark” (coming 2/24) was written and recorded over the past twelve months and produced by the fast-rising BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Francis & The Lights, Low). The record marks a true coming of age for the band, exploring an intimate world of universal concepts; love and loss, family and friendship, hope and self-doubt, amongst many others. It will be supported with an extensive headline tour, kicking off in mid-February, along with a string of high profile festival dates, including the already-locked in Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, and several others still-to-be-announced.

     

    “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 – “way it goes” (clean radio edit)

    Hippo Campus – “way it goes” (clean radio edit)

  • Father John Misty
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    Father John Misty

    Pure Comedy

    “Pure Comedy” is the highly anticipated follow-up to Father John Misty‘s internationally acclaimed “I Love You, Honeybear”. Josh Tillman wrote the majority of the album throughout 2015 and recorded all the basic tracking and vocals live to tape (in no more than two takes each) in March 2016 at LA’s United Studios (formerly known as Ocean Way Studios, favored by Sinatra and The Beach Boys).

     

    Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and, at 75 minutes, “Pure Comedy” delivers a ton of it (themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection, and his own role in it all with his usual candor, and in terms as timely as they are timeless).

     

    Since 2012 Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berserk,” or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape–that of real enigma.

    Listen: Father John MIsty – “Ballad Of The Dying Man” (radio edit)

    Father John Misty – “Ballad Of The Dying Man” (radio edit)

  • Hoops
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    Hoops

    Routines

    Hoops’ full-length debut, “Routines” is a bittersweet and honest record that sounds both warmly familiar and jarringly distinctive. Whereas their previous releases were recorded on four-track tape machines in living rooms and basements, “Routines” marks the band’s first sessions in an actual studio.

     

    After a few months of touring, Hoops returned to Indiana to set up their gear in their parents’ basements and began experimenting with the studio-recorded tracks. Some songs they only tinkered with, others they scrapped completely and rebuilt from the ground up. They were determined to make a record that sounded like Hoops. The result is the sharpest and clearest delineation of the band’s sound thus far, drawing from and emphasizing each members’ distinctive influences and personal styles: four guys making music that is larger than themselves.

     

    Hoops was born in frontman Drew Auscherman’s teenage bedroom as a solo ambient and beat-driven project. Auscherman named the band after the hoop houses at the nursery where he worked (not for his home state’s mania for basketball). Eventually he corralled a few of his friends to flesh out his songs (3 of the 4 members write and sing, each a frontman and a sideman simultaneously), and the music inevitably shifted toward something new: more melodic, more guitar-driven, more extroverted.

     

    “Hoops is on an upwards slope. ‘Rules’ is an expressionist, blissed-out pop song. Airy, uptempo guitars float on the surface, accompanied by bouncy bass and complex drum work.”–TheFADER

     

    “the irresistibly slick ‘Rules,’ which is loaded with the intoxicating guitar lines and murmured melodies we associate with this outfit. The single is a dizzying head rush that clocks in at just over two minutes and will surely have you pressing play several times in a sitting.”–PASTE

     

    “Propelled by ample grooving keys and guitar, ‘Rules’ is a two minute jaunt into the past when synths and subdued vocals were king.”–Stereogum

    Listen: Hoops – “Rules”

    Hoops – “Rules”

  • Rubblebucket
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    Rubblebucket

    If U C My Enemies

    The potentially monstrous new single from Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket, and from the newly released EP of the same name, is the immediate sounding indie dance of “If U C My Enemies”. It puts you at the center of a raging party And hits this country at a time when we all need some positivity to launch the year with!

     

    “Rubblebucket took inspiration from a Dali Lama quote for this track ‘our enemies are our greatest teachers’. Looking to replace fear with compassion to create hope for the country, the song is about forgiveness”–NPR (All Songs Considered)

     

    “Rubblebucket could have remained trapped among the morass of Brooklyn dance-rock acts, but this five-piece has won notoriety by coalescing bright hooks with a complete disregard for genre convention.”–SPIN

     

    “It’s baroque pop of the extremely epic variety.”–NOISEY/Vice

     

    “joyous jungles of worldly pop-funk, instrumentally rich but catchy enough to ass-kick Katy Perry off the pop charts (in a just world)–mega-melodic without

     

    sacrificing an ounce of atmospheric creativity.”–PASTE

    Listen: Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies”

    Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies”

  • 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”

  • Craig Finn
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    Craig Finn

    We All Want The Same Things

    Hot on the heels of release news of The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn‘s anticipated new solo album “We All Want The Same Things” (coming 3/24) comes potent first single “Preludes”.

     

    “‘Preludes’ is what I remember 1994 being like coming back to the Twin Cities after being away for college. It’s a time in my life that I felt most adrift, but there was also a feeling of wonder in being out of step and alone. This is the song on the album that is closest to being autobiographical, but I think it fits with these other character studies in that I was trying to figure out my place in a world that didn’t seem to have a lot of room for me.”–Craig Finn

     

    Craig Finn‘s currently out during January with a very special “living room tour” (the final dates of We All Want The Same Things: An Evening Of Music and Conversation with Craig Finn), but Next sets forth as special guest on Japandroids’ upcoming tour beginning next month!

     

    “We All Want The Same Things” follows Finn‘s two previous solo efforts, 2012’s “Clear Heart Full Eyes” and 2015’s “Faith In The Future”. The new album sees Finn exploring themes of love and partnership in the modern world, as ever expressed via finely etched character studies, black humor, and craftily arranged rock ‘n’ roll.

     

    “a grandiose number that intersects Springsteen’s lyrics with The War On Drugs’ wanderlust instrumentation.”–SPIN

     

    “a quasi-autobiographical tune about what it’s like to return home and no longer fit in. And so to find purpose, there are nights spent driving, or drinking, or both, and ending up stuck in a snow ditch.”–PASTE

    Listen: Craig Finn – “Preludes”

    Craig Finn – “Preludes”

  • Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
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    Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

    You Gotta Sell Something

    The rousing new album “You Gotta Sell Something” (out 2/17) underlines Atlanta band Blair Crimmins & The Hookers‘ signature sound of supercharged ragtime and swing while also reaching into some new gospel and soul territory. Gypsy guitar, stride piano, strumming banjo and a fired-up horn section sit underneath Crimmins‘ clever lyrical style which is at once both humorous and sincere.

     

    Blair Crimmins & The Hookers have played hundreds of shows across the country, opened for a diverse range of artists from Mumford and Sons to The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, released three albums and scored indie film “Old Man Cabbage”. Get Ready to have fun!

     

    “Atlanta’s genre blending ensemble Blair Crimmins and The Hookers have been creating a sound that is both unique and inspired for years…we haven’t been this excited in quite some time.”–Impose Magazine

     

    “If he caters to any genre it’s one that’s entirely his own, and that’s something a lot of guys with pens and guitars either don’t know how to do or don’t have the guts to do.”–Creative Loafing Atlanta

    Listen: Blair Crimmins & The Hookers – “Top Of The Class”

    Blair Crimmins & The Hookers – “Top Of The Class”

  • The Georgia Flood
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    The Georgia Flood

    People Like Ourselves

    Atlanta band The Georgia Flood‘s 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 – “Tell Me What You Want”

    The Georgia Flood – “Tell Me What You Want”

  • 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)

  • Hard Proof
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    Hard Proof

    Stinger

    Austin, TX’s Hard Proof is a ten-piece collective of musicians whose new “Stinger” (out now!) arrives on the heel’s of the band’s 100% analog 45rpm long player produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno for his Public Hi-Fi label last year.

     

    Hard Proof began by studying the blueprint of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band, as well as funk and jazz from the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. While their self-titled album was well received on its 2010 release, there seems to be universal agreement that their live shows are something not to be missed.

     

    Austin taste-maker Laurie Gallardo of KUTX may have put it best and that the band “always puts on an electrifying live show, an absolute blowout of non-stop percussion action and blasting brass, bringing the best of both worlds to the stage by mixing classic styles and plenty of their personal panache to own the show.”

     

    In 2013, Hard Proof released their first vinyl, partnering with Canada’s Kept Records for the Dragon/Tere 45 that they tracked with Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout. In 2014 Hard Proof released a Cassette Store day cassingle, and played the Austin City Limits festival after a successful East coast run.

     

    “Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous jazz and deep funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet.” – KCRW

     

    “…the ten-piece have forged a sound of their own, one that mixes the selective defiance of Fela Kuti and the soft flutter of Ethiopian jazz with hard Congolese drumming and showy Western rock and roll.” – FLOOD Magazine

    Listen: Hard Proof – “Stinger”

    Hard Proof – “Stinger”