La Luz

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Hardly Art has released the new self-titled album from La Luz!

 

Recorded at Linear Labs Studio in Los Angeles with the help of Adrian Younge, La Luz fearlessly launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy with a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandal.

Listen: La Luz – “The Pines”

La Luz – “The Pines”

La Luz Tour Dates

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La Luz

 

10/29  Cheer Up Charlies – Austin, TX

11/11  Music Box – San Diego, CA

11/12  Desert Daze Festival – Perris, CA

11/13  The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA

11/14  The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

11/15  Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA

11/16  Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA

11/18  Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

11/19  The Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

03/02  Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

03/04  Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY

03/05  The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

03/08  The Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI

03/09  Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

03/11  Amsterdam Bar & Hall – Saint Paul, MN

03/12  Der Rathskeller – Madison, WI

03/14  The Duck Room – St. Louis, MO

03/15  The Basement East – Nashville, TN

03/16  Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA

03/17  Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

03/18  The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC

03/19  Black Cat – Washington, DC

Kids In America

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Kids In America

"Dive (feat. Magic Giant)"

Kids In America’s new single “DIVE” features fellow SoCal band MAGIC GIANT, was co-written with Twin XL’s John Gomez, and is a joyous anthem featuring big horns and a festival-ready sing along chorus (“DIVE into your love” my radio friends!).

 

“While the track asks the listener to just go for it, the sounds and feelings around the message are bright and inviting. Big horns and gang vocals treat and entreat. That was the intention of the group all along.” —American Songwriter

 

Kids In America have a big tent philosophy of creating music and collaborating with a wide variety of other artists in a way that invites everyone to let loose and let go.

 

They’re a modern twist on the classic California sound of the 70’s Laurel Canyon scene. In their short career they’ve already amassed 10 million streams to date, and released successful collaborations with the Grisowlds, The Mowglis, Luna Aura, Big Data and now their friends MAGIC GIANT.

 

Most importantly, with songs “a no-brainer addition to your playlist…will stick in your head long after he sun sets” (Billboard) and “hooks on hooks, harmonies for days” (Esquire), Kids In America is finishing their debut album to be released in early 2022—we’ll Keep You Posted!

Listen: Kids In America – “Dive (feat. Magic Giant)”

Kids In America – “Dive (feat. Magic Giant)”

Sam Evian

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Sam Evian

Time To Melt

Gliding with synth, and grooving with twinkling rhodes, Sam Evian’s honeyed vocals cap off the blissful new single “Never Know,” which mulls over looking past our current reality, and leaning into what Could be. Sam drops the new long player “Time To Melt” on 10/29, and with a suitably hypnotic and apt nod toward the album’s title, please check out the video below! 

 

‘Never Know’ is kind of about escapism, dystopian realities, and aliens. Sometimes it’s more fun to sit there and look out, you know? It’s a wild time to be alive, for better or for worse. It used to be that we only had fiction and conspiracy to feed our off-world fantasies. Now we have fighter pilots coming forward about strange, impossible experiences they’ve had in the sky.” —Sam Evian

 

“Time to Melt” is a glowing set of soulfully psychedelic pop gems and a testimonial to the life and wisdom to be found when you give yourself the mercy of space. Following a brief decampment to upstate New York to create his last album, “You, Forever,” Sam Evian realized he could no longer resist the urge to escape the anxious city life. So he and his partner split from New York City to build their refuge and Sam’s studio, Flying Cloud Recordings, in the Catskills.

 

That reflective, relaxing environment shaped Time to Melt,” an album of sounds so pleasant and compelling that you put it on and follow the slipstream. There are songs of celebrations, like “Easy to Love,” and tracks that reckon with the weight of our time, even when it sounds largely weightless, like “Knock Knock.”

Listen: Sam Evian – “Never Know”

Sam Evian – “Never Know”

Sam Evian Tour Dates

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Sam Evian

 

10/29  Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT 

10/30  The Colony – Woodstock, NY

11/03  Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

11/04  The Sinclair – Boston, MA

11/05  The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ

11/06  DC9 – Washington, DC

11/10  Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA

11/11  Gateway City Arts – Holyoke, MA

11/12  Columbus Theatre – Providence, RI

11/13  Space Gallery – Portland, ME

11/19  Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett, NY

11/20  The Hangar – Troy, NY

The Districts

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The Districts

Great American Painting

The Districts Are Back to save us all! The soaring, spirited “I Want To Feel It All” is the first single off the Philly-based band’s upcoming fifth album “Great American Painting,” which is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Spoon, The Strokes, Broken Social Scene) and will be Out 2/4/2022.

 

“‘I Want To Feel It All’ is about feeling everything possible all at once, and emotional fireworks and loving the universe and everyone in it. But it also saves room for being about death and the darkness underlying all existence, and forgiveness and pain and acceptance,” explains The Districts’ vocalist/guitarist Rob Grote. “The video takes place in the twilit Pennsylvania hills, where we perform with fireworks in the ever fleeting present this song seeks to grasp. The surreal undertone to the video represents the detached dreamlike world this song lives in, while the unspoiled American landscape is a symbol of idealism and the natural mystery that inspires our work.”

 

The upcoming “Great American Painting” (out 2/4/2022) ultimately fulfills a mission The Districts first embraced upon forming as teenagers in small-town Pennsylvania: an urge to create undeniably cathartic music that obliterates hopelessness and invites their audience along in dreaming up a far better future.

 

“I Want to Feel It All” is about as equal parts thrilling and nostalgic as you could hope for. The Districts tap into their usual guitar style while adding other textural elements that expand upon the emotional lyrics. Accompanying the single is a cinematic music video co-directed by Frank Apollonio and the band. Filmed at night, it captures that magical sense of wonder and grandeur that occurs when you’re young, in love, and out late with friends. —Consequence Of Sound

Listen: The Districts – “I Want To Feel It All”

The Districts – “I Want To Feel It All”

The Districts Tour Dates

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The Districts

 

10/25  Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA

10/26  Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC

10/27  The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC

10/29  The End – Nashville, TN

10/30  Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS

10/31  Growlers – Memphis, TN

11/02  The Burl – Lexington, KY

11/03  Madison Theater – Covington, KY

11/04  The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

11/06  The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

11/07  Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

11/26  Phantom Power – Millersville, PA

11/27  Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ

12/27  The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA

12/30-31  Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

Lala Lala

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Lala Lala

I Want The Door To Open

Lala Lala, project of Chicago-based musician Lillie West has released her new album, “I Want The Door To Open” on Hardly Art, and presents its lead single/video, “DIVER.” Following 2018’s acclaimed “The Lamb,” West wanted to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she’d done before; a record that would be less a straightforward documentation of her own personal struggles and more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles.

 

I Want The Door To Open” is a musical quest undertaken with the knowledge that the titular door may never open; but it is through falling in love with the quest itself that one may find the next closest thing. It’s a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation.

 

First single “DIVER,” is the thesis of the album.” It’s a pop song of Kate Bush-esque proportions, replete with layered synths and booming, wide open drumming contributed by fellow Chicago musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and West pushing her vocals to the ragged edge.

 

To describe the theme of “DIVER,” West says I want total freedom, total possibility, total acceptance. I want to fall in love with the rock.” The rock in question is a reference to Sisyphus, the mythical figure doomed by the gods to forever push a boulder up from the depths of hell. “I think it’s easy to feel like we keep making the same mistakes over and over again, that we’re Sisyphus. The key is falling in love with the labor of walking up the mountain.”

 

The diver in the song references the character Anna Kerrigan in the book Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, a woman who works at Brooklyn Naval Yard and becomes the first female diver sent down to repair ships.

Listen: Lala Lala – “DIVER”

Lala Lala – “DIVER”

Lala Lala Tour Dates

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Lala Lala

 

3/12  Slowdown – Omaha, NE

3/14  Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO

3/15  Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

3/16  Neurolux – Boise, ID

3/18  The Crocodile (Second Stage) – Seattle, WA

3/20  Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

3/22  Starline Social Club – Oakland, CA

3/25  Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

3/26  Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

3/27  Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ

3/28  Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM

3/30  The Parish – Austin, TX

3/31  Tulips – Fort Worth, TX

4/02  HI-FI – Indianapolis, IN

4/03  Colectivo Coffee – Milwaukee, WI

4/13  Raccoon Motel – Davenport, IA

4/14  7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN

4/15  High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

4/16  Rose Bowl Tavern – Urbana, IL

4/17  High Watt – Nashville, TN

4/19  Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA

4/20  Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC

4/22  The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA

4/23  Colony – Woodstock, NY

4/24  Black Cat – Washington, DC

4/27  The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

4/28  Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY

4/30  Outer Limits Lounge – Hamtramck, MI

Low

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“HEY WHAT” is Low’s thirteenth full-length release in twenty-seven years, and their third with producer BJ Burton.

 

The new album finds the beloved group focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share. These ten pieces—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them.

 

The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse – building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered. There will be time to unravel and attribute meaning to the music and art of these times, but the creative moment looks FORWARD, with teeth.

Listen: Low – “Days Like These” (radio edit)

Low – “Days Like These” (radio edit)