Benjamin Francis Leftwich Shares New Video for "Tilikum"
Taken from his new album After The Rain, Benjamin Francis Leftwich is sharing the video to his new song “Tilikum” - the effortlessly beautiful and honest opening track from his upcoming second album, due out on August 19th.
Recorded in the foothills of Dartmoor the video provides the perfect backdrop to the journey Leftwich has undertaken over the past five years, symbolising his process of dealing with grief and finding closure along the way.
When it came to finding a location for the video Leftwich adds: “I really wanted to film something special in a really desolate but beautiful part of the world to convey the sense of loneliness and desperation vs the future and hope that I feel in the song.”
Benjamin Francis Leftwich - After The Rain: iTunes | Vinyl and CD
Mayer Hawthorne Premieres Man About Town at Pandora
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne is releasing his fourth full-length record, Man About Town, on April 8th. Today, fans can stream the record in its entirety on Pandora! Listen HERE.
Earlier this year, Mayer brought his three bands together (Tuxedo, Jaded Incorporated, Mayer Hawthorne) for two sold out revue shows at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. For fans that weren’t lucky enough to attend, you can watch the highlights below.
Mayer Hawthorne - Man About Town: iTunes | Amazon | Vinyl/CD
Blitzen Trapper Announce Headline Tour, Field Rexx To Be Release for The First Time Ever on Vinyl for Record Store Day
Portland Oregon’s own, Blitzen Trapper, are pleased to announce a headlining tour run throughout the Midwest and Canada in support of their 8th album All Across This Land that was released last October to rave reviews. Starting May 27th, the tour kicks off in Evans, GA where the band will be direct support for Willie Nelson before heading to the Northwest, followed by Canada and the Midwest. A full list of dates can be found HERE.
Blitzen Trapper recently stopped by Third Man Records in Nashville for a special show where Third Man recorded their live set direct-to-acetate. Recorded in the Third Man Blue Room, without overdubs or editing, the live performance audio was mixed in real time on a Rupert Neve 5008 console and instantly cut to vinyl by master cutter George Ingram using a 1953 Scully Lathe that previously churned out masters for Cincinnati's legendary King Records. Legend has it that James Brown’s It’s A Man’s World was cut on this lathe among others. Third Man is the only live venue in the world where artists can record their performances direct-to-acetate.
After the tour and in celebration of Record Store Day, the band will be releasing their sophomore album, Field Rexx, which was originally self-released in 2005 on CD. It's the first time the album is available on vinyl and features 3 unreleased bonus tracks and a free download code.
Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land: iTunes | Amazon | CD/Vinyl | Spotify
School of Seven Bells Share New Video For "Ablaze" at Noisey
School of Seven Bells has just premiered her new video for “Ablaze” over at Noisey! The track is taken from the band’s final album, SVIIB, which is in stores now. Noisey has this to say about the video:
If SVIIB is the story of Alley and Benjamin's love, collaboration, and ultimately friendship, then "Ablaze" is the opening chapter where two stars collide and the other's very existence makes the world look ripe and new. As such "Ablaze" is a surging, joyful pop song—a gauzy drift of Alley's magic melodies and pulsing synths.
Watch the video for “Ablaze” (directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz) HERE or below.
School of Seven Bells – SVIIB: iTunes | Amazon | Spotify | Vinyl and CD
Thrice Announce Ninth Studio Album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
After a hiatus from writing and touring, Thrice is back and gearing up to release their ninth album. Fresh out of the studio with Eric Palmquist, the Orange County quartet are pleased to announce To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere will be released on May 27, 2016.
Today, fans can hear a brand new song off the record, entitled “Blood on the Sand.” “After watching a year of fear make people do terrible things, and now on the precipice of more of the same, this song is an anthem for anyone that’s had enough of it,” says frontman Dustin Kensrue. Listen to the track for yourself on Soundcloud, and download it instantly when you pre-order the album on iTunes.
Thrice has been a staple in the alternative/modern-rock world for over fifteen years. A band known for effortlessly and continuously releasing groundbreaking records, their discography has sold over a million copies, and they’ve toured the world with acts like The Deftones, Coheed & Cambria, Rise Against, Circa Survive and Brand New.
Thrice released their first proper full-length, Identity Crisis, in 2001 and quickly stormed to the forefront of the indie music scene as listeners rejoiced and formed what can only be described as a cult following. The band went on to release seven highly praised albums – fan favorites The Illusion Of Safety (2002), The Artist In The Ambulance (2003) and Vheissu (2005), the brilliant and eclectic four-part concept album The Alchemy Index: Fire and Water (2007) and Earth and Air (2008), the visceral and raw masterpiece, Beggars (2009), and a grunge-inspired follow-up album, Major/Minor (2011).
In celebration of To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, Thrice will be hitting the road in June with La Dispute and Gates. A full list of dates can be found HERE.
Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere: iTunes | Amazon | Vinyl/CD Bundles
Mayer Hawthorne Premieres New Song, "Lingerie & Candlewax"
Today, Mayer Hawthorne is sharing his newest Man About Town album cut, “Lingerie & Candlewax.”
In celebration of Man About Town’s release, Mayer will be hitting the road in May on the Man About Town Tour. Kicking off on May 4th in Santa Ana, CA the tour takes Mayer through the North West, Midwest and Southeast wrapping up in San Diego on May 25th. A full list of dates can be found HERE. Fans who purchase tickets to see Mayer live will receive a digital copy of Man About Town upon release on April 8th. More tour dates to be announced soon.
Pre-order Man About Town today via iTunes, and receive instant downloads of ‘Lingerie & Candlewax,’ ‘Love Like That,’ and ‘Cosmic Love.’
Mayer Hawthorne - Man About Town: iTunes | Amazon | Vinyl/CD
Dive In Release New Single and Video - “Don’t Break Yourself Apart”
Today, Dive In premiered a brand new single, “Don’t Break Yourself Apart” along with a new video for the track. A message from the band about the single can be found below:
Today we unveil 'Don't Break Yourself Apart', the first single in a series of monthly releases to be revealed over the next six months. We've spent the best part of what feels like forever pouring every ounce of ourselves and love into this project; to not only bring you the best collection of songs we could, but to bring you our world. From the art, the videos, to the music - we couldn't be more proud. The most exciting part is, we finally get to show you what this band is really about. We welcome you with open arms. This is Dive In. It all starts here! X
"Don't Break Yourself Apart" is now available at the following retailers:
Dive In - Don’t Break Yourself Apart: Spotify | iTunes | Amazon
Dustin Kensrue's Live Covers Album, Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood, Available Today
Singer-songwriter Dustin Kensrue’s third solo album, Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood, is available today! Earlier this week Dustin held a fan poll and the cover that received the most votes was Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” If you haven’t heard it yet, listen below.
Comprised of ten tracks, the live cover album serves as a follow up to 2015’s Carry The Fire which Billboard hailed “tuneful, infectious…a folk framework with a rock backbone.”
“For years I've peppered my solo sets with a variety of cover songs,” notes Dustin. “Playing a cover song is a bit like stepping into someone else’s skin for a moment, inhabiting a story that came from somewhere totally outside of your experience and even your imagination. The new record is a sampling of some of my favorites that I've tried on over the years. It’s a challenge to find songs that will really shine when stripped to their bones and these have all proved their worth.”
Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood showcases Dustin covering some of pop-culture’s most important songs, both past and present, from artists such as Cold War Kids, Radiohead, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Brand New and The Counting Crows to name a few. See the full tracklist and grab the album at one of the retailers below.
Dustin Kensrue - Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood: iTunes | Amazon | CD & Vinyl
Thrice Releases Teaser, Launches Official YouTube Channel
Who’s ready for new Thrice? Check out this teaser from the band.
#TBEITBNPosted by Thrice on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Thrice also launched their brand new YouTube channel today which features the band’s entire discography along with their official music videos. Hit the subscribe button to stay up to date on all things Thrice.
Bloc Party Plays Seth Meyers, Schedules SXSW Showcases
Last night, Bloc Party made their debut appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers and performed the HYMNS hit, “The Love Below.” Check out their performance!
The band will be invading SXSW in Austin, TX having several shows planned throughout this week. See their full itinerary HERE.