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Mar 03, 2016

Mayer Hawthorne Announces First Leg of Man About Town Tour

Grammy nominated recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne, recently announced the release of his fourth full-length record. Entitled Man About Town, the album is set to hit streets on April 8th. Today, Mayer is pleased to share plans to hit the road in support of the album, 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.

In addition to the Man About Town Tour, Mayer Hawthorne has partnered up with Sonos, RecordMob, Morgan’s Group Hotels, Virgin Hotels, and Shinola for what can only be described as a truly unique and intimate experience. Throughout the month of March, Mayer will be coming to select cities in the US to host a series of small listening parties for his biggest fans and supporters. Keep all eyes on Mayer’s socials for details to be shared.

On Man About Town, Hawthorne is back to handling the lion’s share of production. He also played damn near every instrument on the album and penned every track. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it’s groovy, other times he’s vulnerable and sincere. It’s the shit people listen to when they wanna get drunk and stoned and sentimental. The reason? Mayer Hawthorne stays making that timeless, soulful, baby-making music.

In case you missed it check out the first single off Man About Town called “Love Like That,” below. Pre-order Man About Town today via iTunes, and receive instant downloads of the single as well as album cut “Cosmic Love.”



Mayer Hawthorne - Man About Town: iTunes | Amazon | Vinyl/CD

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Mar 03, 2016

LP Performs "Lost On You" On Late Night With Seth Meyers

Last night, LP performed her spaghetti-western inspired ballad "Lost on You" on Late Night With Seth Meyers. The song, which peaked #3 on Hype Machine's Popular Chart and went TOP 10 on Spotify's Viral chart its debut week, draws you in with LP's extraordinary vocal range and strong, cinematic music production. "Lost on You" was produced by Mike Del Rio of POWERS, and will be part of LP's forthcoming EP set for release this May. Jump below to catch her performance!



In other news, The Echo in Los Angeles is hosting LP for a special, month-long residency every Monday night this March, plus the singer-songwriter just announced she will be on tour with Bryan Ferry this summer. All tour dates can be found HERE.

LP – Lost On You: iTunes | Amazon | Spotify

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Mar 03, 2016

Dustin Kensrue Premieres His Take On Brand New's "Jesus Christ" Via Noisey

Singer-songwriter Dustin Kensrue will be releasing his third solo album, Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood, on March 18th. Today, you can listen to Dustin’s take on Brand New’s legendary ‘Jesus Christ’ via Noisey, who claims “the cover follows the original's rise in intensity, allowing Kensrue to both play the fuck out of the guitar, and instill the song with the same emotion and sincerity that made so many fall in love with the original.”



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 and The Counting Crows to name a few. Pre-order the album below:

Dustin Kensrue - Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood: iTunes | Amazon | CD & Vinyl

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Feb 26, 2016

School of Seven Bells' Final Album, SVIIB, Out Now

School of Seven Bells’ fourth and final album, SVIIB, is available today.

It was in the summer of 2012 that SVIIB was written, “I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives,” Alejandra Deheza recounts. “What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could ever deliver, but even that wouldn’t stop the vision for this record being realized”.

It was in early 2013 that Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, less than a year later Deheza would be the sole member of the group. Benjamin Curtis passed away on December 29, 2013.

In 2014 Deheza moved to Los Angeles to finish the record with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, M83), “I’m trying to feature Benjamin as much as possible”, Meldal-Johnsen says. As soon as Alley was settled in LA it took the two only a month and a half to finish the record. “ This is a love letter from start to finish. It's the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that's the story of School of Seven Bells,” Alley says, “When I see those roman numerals, I just think of an era”.

A note from Alejandra can be found below:

Beautiful magical powerful friends,

I'm at a loss for not just the right words, but for enough words to even touch what I'm feeling today - about SVIIB finally being out in the world, about how I still can't believe this day is actually here, and about how I wish with every cell in my body that Benjamin as we knew him was right next to me as I'm writing this to you. The Love is running on high. I will say this: Benjamin changed me and changed my life forever. School of Seven Bells has changed me and my life forever. And YOU guys have changed me and my life forever. Endless love and strength and gratitude to you for being with us on this journey. We were all in it together. Thank you for sharing these years with us and the years to come.

Love and Power and Peace, Alley



School of Seven Bells – SVIIB: iTunes | Amazon | Spotify | Vinyl and CD

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Feb 26, 2016

The 1975's New Album In Stores Today

The 1975’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, is out today! The band had quite the eventful week leading up to the album’s release. The group hit Jimmy Fallon for a late night performance, released a brand new video for their latest single, ”The Sound,” and performed in the heart of downtown Los Angeles for an exclusive Beats1 concert.

Head to Apple Music to hear I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it and to watch The 1975 Live In LA full-length concert.

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Feb 20, 2016

Benjamin Francis Leftwich Announces New Album, After The Rain

Today, Benjamin Francis Leftwich announced that he will be releasing his first album in five years on August 19, 2016. Below you can find a message from Benjamin about the release.

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Along with the album announcement, Benjamin has shared the first single off the upcoming record titled “Tilikum.” Hear the track and pre-order After The Rain HERE.

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Feb 18, 2016

Mayer Hawthorne Announces New Album, Man About Town, Out April 8

Grammy nominated recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne, is pleased to announce the release of his fourth full-length record. Entitled Man About Town, the album is set to hit streets on April 8th. Today, you can stream the first single off the album, “Love Like That,” via Soundcloud. Additionally, fans can pre-order Man About Town today via iTunes, and receive instant downloads of album cuts “Cosmic Love,” and “Love Like That.” Pre-order HERE.



On Man About Town, Hawthorne is back to handling the lion’s share of production. He also played damn near every instrument on the album and penned every track. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it’s groovy, other times he’s vulnerable and sincere. It’s the shit people listen to when they wanna get drunk and stoned and sentimental. The reason? Mayer Hawthorne stays making that timeless, soulful, baby-making music.

In preparation for the new release, Mayer Hawthorne will be performing tomorrow, February 19, at Madison Square Garden supporting Hall & Oates. More tour dates to be announced.



Mayer Hawthorne - Man About Town: iTunes | Amazon | Vinyl/CD

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Feb 18, 2016

School of Seven Bells Stream SVIIB In Its Entirety On NPR First Listen

It was in the summer of 2012 that School of Seven Bells’ fourth and final album, SVIIB, was written. “I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives,” Alejandra Deheza recounts. “What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could ever deliver, but even that wouldn’t stop the vision for this record being realized.” SVIIB will be released everywhere on February 26, but today fans can stream the record in its entirety via NPR’s First Listen HERE.

Alejandra recently chatted with NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon about the making of SVIIB. In case you missed it, listen to the interview HERE.

School of Seven Bells – SVIIB: iTunes | Vinyl and CD

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Feb 12, 2016

Albert Hammond Jr. Performs "Caught By My Shadow" on James Corden

Albert Hammond Jr. and his band brought “Caught By My Shadow” to The Late Late Show with James Corden last night. Check out his performance of the stellar Momentary Masters track below!



Albert Hammond Jr. - Momentary Masters: iTunes | Amazon | Vagrant Store | Spotify

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Feb 11, 2016

Mayer Hawthorne Shares Official Video for "Cosmic Love"

Just last month Mayer Hawthorne released a brand new track via Pitchfork. The soulful banger was co-produced by Mayer and Benny Sings, and will appear on Mayer Hawthorne’s new album, which is expected this spring. Today, Mayer is excited to share the official music video for the jam, what he calls a “multi-part, neo-noir, detective thriller.” Check out the first installment today via The FADER.



In preparation for the new release, Mayer Hawthorne will be performing next week, February 19, at Madison Square Garden supporting Hall & Oates. More tour dates to be announced.