Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has announced that his new album, Whispers, will be released on June 10, 2014. The lead single in North America, “Scare Away The Dark,” will be available on iTunes and all DSPs on April 1 (NA only). Passenger will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, March 28, where he’ll perform “Scare Away The Dark” for the first time on national television.
Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales – some real, some imagined – of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.
“This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made,” explains Passenger. “It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”
Australia’s Boy & Bear launches North American tour
"Southern Sun" top 10 on Triple A top 30 radio chart
Sold out dates include Denver (3/19), Philly (3/22), DC (3/23), NYC (3/24), Boston (3/26), San Francisco (4/8) And Los Angeles (4/9)
Band To Appear On VH1's "Big Morning Buzz" On March 25
Upcoming In-Studio Sessions Include NYC's WFUV, Philly's XPN World Cafe, Sirius XM, Boston's The River, LA's KCSN, Denver's KBCO, Portland's KINK And San Francisco's KFOG
SXSW Coverage Includes The Atlantic's "18 Bands To Check Out From SXSW 2014," NPR's "SXSW 2014 In Pictures," Huffington Post's "40 Artists To Know At SXSW 2014," KGSR @ SXSW Live
Summer Festivals Include Firefly Music Festival And Forecastle Festival
Harlequin Dream was recorded at Australia's legendary Alberts Studio, produced by Boy & Bear and ARIA-award winner Wayne Connolly and mixed by Seattle-based Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, The Shins, Father John Misty). In Australia, the album had a steady run at #1, was certified Gold, and received several ARIA Award nominations, including Best Group, Best Rock Album and Producer Of The Year. This follows their award-winning debut LP Moonfire, which won five awards at 2011 ARIAs, including the coveted group and best album prizes for their acclaimed debut – Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Album, Breakthrough Single and Best Adult Contemporary Album.
Acclaimed U.S. producer/DJ and two-time Grammy Nominee Morgan Page will take his acclaimed 3D experience to Austin this week in the midst of SXSW for a special appearance on Thursday, March 13 at Summit, Austin’s newest premiere lounge and night club. Last fall, Page brought his groundbreaking, fully immersive 3D visuals to 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada (with 20+ sold out) on his Morgan Page Presents tour (MPP3D). For more info and tickets, click here.
The members of Victoria B.C.’s Current Swell have dusted off their spandex body suits (come on, we all have them, right?) and channeled their inner Richard Simmons for some serious choreographed sweating in their new viral video for “Rollin” from their forthcoming new album Ulysses, out May 6. Enjoy 4 minutes and 40 seconds of pure athleticism: http://youtu.be/Z9uva8FRwvs.
The band also just shared another album track this week called "Keys To The Kingdom." Check it out on Soundcloud here:
Nettwerk Music Group (NMG) announced today that AJ Burton has been named Director Of Publishing, NMG Nashville, to expand the presence of NMG’s publishing division, Nettwerk One (NW1).
Nettwerk’s relationship with AJ began in 2011 with the initiation of a partnership between NW1 and Revelry Music Group, an independent Nashville publishing company co-founded by Burton. Through the joint venture, NW1 and Revelry signed several successful Nashville writers, like Neil Mason and Jessie Jo Dillon. In his new roll with Nettwerk, Burton will seek new writing talent, as well as opportunities for current NW1 clients in Nashville.
“I’m thrilled to have AJ join the Nettwerk team,” says Nettwerk’s Blair McDonald. “He’s been a great partner to us through our joint venture with Revelry Music Group, and I look forward to working closely with him to develop our own roster of talented Nashville songwriters.”
Says Burton, “It’s been a fantastic 3+ years working closely with the Nettwerk staff. I am honored to have this opportunity to build Nettwerk’s Nashville presence and to continue my responsibilities with our shared Nettwerk/Revelry writers and artists.”
"The eleven songs that make up this irrepressible effort come across as so exuberant, so effusive, so infused with freewheeling enthusiasm, that any attempt to typecast them inevitably comes up short. Veering from a quiet pluck to resounding refrains, the band catches fire each time out…" -- No Depression
“Snappy rock and chamber folk frames their tales of their parents' dreams and struggles to find purchase in America." – Wall Street Journal
“[Run River North] has a powerful alternative, folk foundation… The overall catchiness of the music being played is shadowed by the intimacy of their lyrical and instrumental intricacies. From fiddles to pounding base drum, this band builds, explodes, and soothes from one song to the next.” -- LA Record (live review)
LA-based sextet Run River North have much to celebrate this week. Their self-titled debut album (released February 25) landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #3, they played an album release show on March 3 to a sold-out crowd at LA’s famed Troubadour, and they have officially sold-out their upcoming New York City show at Rockwood Music Hall on April 10. Tonight (March 6), Run River North will appear Live At Amoeba in Hollywood, CA at 6pm.
Listen To Run River North’s Interview + Performance on NPR’s Here & Now
Nettwerk will also be hosting its own day party this year: Nettwerk Music. Best. Party. Ever. The party will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at Friends (208 E. 6th Street), and party-goers will assured great music, free food & drink, and opportunities to win prizes from sponsors Phorus Speakers and Silver Jeans. RSVPhere.
"Ghost Beach are the Venn diagram of their influences—Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, The Police, and Daft Punk—and then some, thanks to a shitload of synths, some nostalgic 80s sonics and even the occasional reggae groove. The sound is unmistakably their own.”
– VICE’s Noisey
Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beachreleased their debut full-length album, Blonde, yesterday. Having already performed alongside The 1975, ASTR, Betty Who & St. Lucia, they recently announced a Firefly Festival appearance and national tour dates supporting RAC & The Sounds. The duo will also play the official All Things Go + Indie Shuffle and headline the official Nettwerk Party at SXSW!
Consisting of Josh Ocean & Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn, Ghost Beach have set the Internet ablaze with upbeat anthems, a preference for ‘80s synth and consistent number ones on The Hype Machine. Perfecting their unique blend of retro & futuristic soaring synth pop, the band previously shared party-starting Blonde album cuts “On My Side,” “Every Time We Touch,” a funk-infused blazer, strapped with an infectious bassline & classic house beats, and “Without You,” which features a full-on reggae vibe complemented perfectly by the duo’s distinctive, cutting-edge contemporary touch. Fans can get a taste of the Blonde LP at Paste Magazine, where it’s currently streaming in full!
As Australia’s Boy & Bear prepare for their Stateside return next week for SXSW, their lead single “Southern Sun” continues to rapidly climb the Triple A Top 30 Chart, coming in at #13 this week. Their spring headline tour begins immediately after SXSW in Denver on March 19, and dates are already selling out, including New York City’s Bowery Ballroom (3/24), Cambridge’s The Sinclair (3/26), San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill (4/8), Los Angeles’s Troubadour (4/9) and more. Tickets are on sale now and the full list of dates can be found below.
Harlequin Dream was recorded at Australia's legendary Alberts Studio, produced by Boy & Bear and ARIA-award winner Wayne Connolly and mixed by Seattle-based Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, The Shins, Father John Misty). Spotify users can listen to the band’s exclusive track-by-track commentary HERE.
The album has received huge amounts of praise and accolades in Australia and the UK, where the band has just returned from a sold-out tour. See what the UK media are saying:
"Batson's emotional vocals cut to the heart of the matter." -Complex.com
In the video for Chris Batson's new single, "Windows," the 22-year-old L.A.-based singer/songwriter/producer takes an already emotional song to another level with a concept to which anyone with a heart in their chest can relate. -BET.com
Chris Batson brings sheer emotion and a stimulating sound to Alt-R&B/Soul music. "Windows" is a deep song that deals with loss and letting go, the video exemplifies the pain and reality of love in real-life. Batson's new video features actress/model Aurelia Scheppers as the leading lady, and portrays the multiple emotions of a young couple faced with separation when the husband is called to serve his country in the military. The visual for "Windows" is the last installment from a trilogy of videos on Batson's We Got Lost Along The Way EP that follows the same female protagonist as she contends with the consequences of her actions. Chris broke down the back story on writing the song "Windows" during an extremely candid EP Confessional taped for his fans, check it out here: www.tinyurl.com/batsonconfessionals.