Ume

Ume

Ume

Other Nature

It’s the Triumphant Return of Texas rockers Ume, back with their first new music in 4 years! “Two Years Sleep” is the first unveiling off the upcoming “Other Nature” (out 7/20)!

 

Ume’s “Other Nature” was recorded with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Stuart Sikes (Modest Mouse, Cat Power, Loretta Lynn) over the course of 2 weeks in the band’s hometown of Austin, TX and it brings to life a deeply personal and transformative collection of songs written by powerhouse guitarist/vocalist Lauren Larson, while the world around her slept.

 

Playing through debilitating tendonitis, Lauren teamed with longtime Ume bassist Eric Larson and drummer Aaron Perez, as well as Don Cento on synth, to bring her home demos to life. Embracing spontaneity and a new adventurous energy, the band reformed in the studio to produce their most gorgeously dynamic record yet. The result is a massive and enchanting collection of 10 songs, showcasing the strength and fragility of Lauren’s voice, more confident and defiant songwriting, more dynamic and experimental guitars, textures of synths, and a smoldering, soulful rhythm section that takes the songs beyond where Ume has been on previous records.

 

This is the Ume’s first record since 2014’s “Monuments”. They previously released “Phantoms” on Modern Outsider in 2011 and self-released their EP “Sunshower” in 2009, but the story of Ume begins with Lauren falling in love with blasting subversive riffs as a 15-year-old self-taught guitarist in a politically charged noise punk band. Dedicated to performing like her life depended on it, Lauren’s music career took her from DIY youth run shows, like at the skatepark where she met bassist/husband Eric Larson — to performing with her guitar heroine Nancy Wilson of Heart and appearing on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations — to Ume playing major festivals like ACL and London’s Hyde Park with Black Sabbath.

 

“When it comes to art, psychedelia, and rock and roll, it doesn’t get much better.”—Village Voice

 

“A little like fuzzy shoegaze, raw garage rock and irresistible pop all rolled into one fiery package.”—NYLON

 

“has merged the sounds of heavy rock and ethereal indie pop with deft precision, finding new ground somewhere in between Warpaint, Metric and Mogwai.”—Relix

Listen: Ume – “Two Years Sleep”

Ume – “Two Years Sleep”

Ume Tour Dates

Ume Tour Dates

Ume

 

8/10  The Senate (Music Farm) – Columbia, SC

8/11  Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA

8/12  Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

8/13  Georgie Theatre – Athens, GA

8/14  Orpheum – Tampa, FL

8/15  The Social – Orlando, FL

In Tall Buildings

In Tall Buildings

In Tall Buildings

Akinetic

Chicago’s In Tall Buildings (aka Erik Hall) is a venerable one-man ensemble who wrote and recorded “Akinetic” at his home studio in Chicago, alongside kindred co-producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Califone). Hall performs every instrument on the album with the exception of occasional looming woodwinds from Elliot Bergman (NOMO, Wild Belle), yielding ten tracks of spacious and textured pop, plunging headlong into allegories of communication, loss, impulse, vice and mass-denialism.

 

As In Tall Buildings, Hall has performed with Lord Huron, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Watt and Matthew Sweet among others. A frequent collaborator and touring sideman, Hall has also recorded and toured with Wild Belle, NOMO, and His Name Is Alive.

 

That the new album was achieved by one person playing every instrument, gently guided by a veteran co-producer, denotes the new “Akinetic” as the greatest height yet reached for In Tall Buildings.

 

“The hardest-working man in Chicago prog pop, Erik Hall … construct[s] intricate home-studio epics that suggest Elliott Smith fronting Midlake, resulting in a deceptively smooth uneasy listening.”– UNCUT

 

“Equal parts expansive and intimate, anchored by Hall’s mellow tenor and ear for subtle but engaging composition.”– Consequence Of Sound

 

“Wide-eyed and instantly likable…”– PASTE

 

“…big-hearted, wistful, deftly arranged metropolitan pop…”– Stereogum

 

“…understated pop songs carefully constructed around guitars, piano, synthesizers and Hall’s riveting, whispery vocals.”– Wall Street Journal

 

“…lovely…the perfect soundtrack”– SPIN

Listen: In Tall Buildings – “Overconscious”

In Tall Buildings – “Overconscious”

Bob Moses

Bob Moses

Bob Moses

Heaven Only Knows

Bob Moses have just unveiled the brand new track “Heaven Only Knows”! The song is the first new music from the Grammy-winning duo since their acclaimed debut album “Days Gone By” featuring their worldwide hit and Top 15 Alternative single “Tearing Me Up”.

 

Bob Moses is the Vancouver-bred, LA-based duo of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance. Born from the Brooklyn underground scene in 2012, the band’s early single releases on taste-making electronic label Scissor & Thread and captivating live performances led to signing with Domino and the release of “Days Gone By”, which garnered them a pair of nominations at both the Junos and the Grammys (and a grammy win).

 

Meshing guitar licks, dance-floor ambience and classic songwriting, the duo created a sound that appeals equally to club goers And rock fans. Bob Moses will tour North America this fall swinging through all major markets (see our Tours page)!

Listen: Bob Moses – “Heaven Only Knows” (radio edit)

Bob Moses – “Heaven Only Knows” (radio edit)

Bob Moses Tour Dates

Bob Moses Tour Dates

Bob Moses

 

9/21  Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

9/22  Fox Theater – San Francisco, CA

9/24  Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

9/26  Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

9/27  Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

9/28  The Metro – Salt Lake City, UT

9/29  Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO

10/02  The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

10/03  Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN

10/04  Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

10/05  Encore Beach Club – Las Vegas, NV

10/09  Paradise – Boston, MA

10/10  Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

10/11  9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.

10/12  Brooklyn Steel – New York, NY

10/15  Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

10/16  Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

10/17  Republic – New Orleans, LA

10/18  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

10/19  Emo’s – Austin, TX

10/20  Trees – Dallas, TX

10/23  Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX

10/24  Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM

10/25  The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ

11/16  The Palladium – Los Angeles, CA

1/10-12 Holy Ship 13.0 – Port Canaveral, FL

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors

Lamp Lit Prose

Dirty Projectors are BACK Already to follow up last year’s self-titled album, And they’re heading out for the First Tour In Five Years (head to our Tours page for dates)!!! Lead single/video combo is “Break-Thru” which you can see in all its glory below (and it Truly IS just that!).

 

“Lamp Lit Prose” (out 7/13) arrives just over a year after 2017’s self-titled “Dirty Projectors,” with Dave Longstreth’s band returning with a new album that is the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort. The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance.

 

Guitars have returned to the Dirty Projectors’ world, intricate vocal harmony too. “Lamp Lit Prose” is a recommitment to the sounds and ideals of Dirty Projectors, embracing the band’s trademarks while pushing forward the sonic envelope.

 

Produced by Longstreth at his studio Ivo Shandor in LA, the new album features guest appearances from Syd, Empress Of, Amber Mark, HAIM, Rostam, Robin Pecknold, and Dear Nora, as well as longtime DPs’ rhythm section Nat Baldwin and Mike Johnson.

Listen: Dirt Projectors – “Break-Thru”

Dirty Projectors – “Break-Thru”

Cary Brothers

Cary Brothers

Cary Brothers

Bruises

Cary Brothers’ new single “Crush” has Already picked up initial early play on KCRW and KEXP and is an instant habit-former inspired by the 80s—an ode to what he imagines Molly Ringwald would’ve danced to in the classic film The Breakfast Club!

 

“I was always pegged as a singer/songwriter because I’m the one guy writing songs, but my heroes were artists like The Cure and Peter Gabriel, who wrote in huge, melodic, romantic sonic landscapes. I was tired of feeling confined to a genre, so I finally made a record that reflects the music that has always inspired me. After some tough years personally, I needed to be inspired again. I needed to move forward.”—Cary Brothers (on “Crush”)

 

“Crush” is the new single from Cary Brothers’ newly released “Bruises” and is his first full length in 8 years. “It’s about getting beaten down and getting back up again. Mostly the getting up part,” says Cary.

 

Cary Brothers first gained critical acclaim with his single “Blue Eyes” from the 2004 Grammy-winning “Garden State” soundtrack, which was originally on his debut EP, “All The Rage”.

 

Following the success of “Blue Eyes,” Cary went on to release a handful of EPs and two albums, “Who Are You” (2007) and “Under Control” (2010). Throughout his career his music has appeared in multiple hit TV series such as Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Smallville, 90210, The Vampire Diaries and more. His work has made him one of the most-licensed artists in film and television.

 

Cary will head to Australia for dates with Joshua Radin next month following up some shows in China, and we should have US dates to announce for you soon (stay tuned)!

Listen: Cary Brothers – “Crush”

Cary Brothers – “Crush”

Calpurnia

Calpurnia

Calpurnia

Scout EP

Radio has Already been Embracing Calpurnia’s first single “City Boy”, which has now given way to the Newest reveal “Louie”! Both songs are found on the band’s debut EP “Scout”, produced by Cadien Lake James of Twin Peaks! Calpurnia’s led by Finn Wolfhard, best known for his performances on the small screen in ‘Stranger Things’ and the big on in ‘IT’.

 

Calpurnia‘s story is how teenage rock dreams are meant to unfold: four friends, all raised on a healthy diet of the Beatles, Nirvana and David Bowie, and a deep love for their respective instruments, retreat one day to a basement and begin jamming together. They cut their teeth on some cover songs and then, with just enough confidence and a dose of adolescent enthusiasm, they write and record their own tunes. And the results are nothing short of stunning.

 

“It was kind of destined to be,” Finn Wolfhard says of the almost serendipitous genesis of the rough-and-tumble Vancouver-based indie-rock foursome he formed with three of his now-closest friends. “We all just really clicked. And when I’m passionate about something,” the singer-guitarist adds of Calpurnia, who this spring release their debut EP “Scout”, “I like to get it done as quickly as I can. There’s not a lot of wasting time. I love just going for it. Go big or go home.”

 

“’Louie’ was an absolute blast to record. Finn recorded his guitar and vocals simultaneously to capture exactly what he was feeling in the moment, and this track finally gave me the chance to play slide guitar, as well as the Keith Richards inspired lead you hear at the end. Jack’s groovy bass line keeps the song moving along until Malcolm comes crashing in on the drums. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a guy who always leaves his partner, and though she does everything she can to hold down the fort at home, he never shows up. The guitar solo is meant to convey the longing she feels for him to come home, and the loneliness she feels without him at her side.”—Ayla Tesler-Mabe (Calpurnia lead guitar)

 

“Finn Wolfhard’s band Calpurnia is the real deal, in case you were wondering”—NME

 

“The breezy song features a catchy guitar riff and echoey vocals from singer/guitarist Wolfhard, plus an epic guitar solo outro.”—Billboard

 

“a swaggering, blues rock track inspired by the Rolling Stones…It’s an impressive debut for a band of 15-year olds. Hell, it’s an impressive debut for any indie rock band.”—Esquire

 

“like something straight out of the ending of a John Hughes movie…Obviously, Finn sounds great on the mic, but the instrumental parts are what really stand out”—MTV

Listen: Calpurnia – “Greyhound” (radio edit)

Calpurnia – “Greyhound” (radio edit)