“’Leave Behind Your Ego’ is a propulsive, full-bodied space journey”
– Scripps Howard News Service
Dutch-born musician, remixer and producer Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) shares the official music video for standout track “Leave Behind Your Ego” (featuring spoken word by Timothy Leary).
Directed by John Christopher Pina (Kanye West, John Legend, Seal, Common), the video is perfectly paired with the blistering synth swells of Holkenborg’s 808. Featuring excerpts of Leary’s spoken word, the video is “carefully constructed sound meets meticulously chosen imagery in illuminating the haunting words of Leary through a transmigration from the walls and pathways of ever-present modern technology, down through the mirror of chaos in man-made structures, and through to the abstract serenity of nature,” says Pina.
Iconic frontman Peter Murphy has announced the Mr. Moonlight Tour, celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus. Murphy, who has started working with producer Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve) on the follow up to his 2011 critically acclaimed solo effort, NINTH (Nettwerk), will spend three months touring North America and Europe with a full band performing only Bauhaus material.
Says Peter, “Since 2006, I have included my Bauhaus work into my solo work as a way of tipping my hat to my own audience…those who discovered my early work as well as new and old fans of those years strong wishes to hear the music of my band crackle and spark in the live arena. Being the foremost advocate of this Bauhaus work, I decided the time was ripe to at last give a pure Bauhaus experience in one Mr. Moonlight world tour. Mr. Moonlight is alive and well, don't doubt it.”
Bauhaus formed in 1978 and achieved worldwide cult status that continues to this day. As the main man of the acclaimed outfit, Peter Murphy helped usher in ground breaking opaque moods and atmospheres into the post-punk landscape. Bauhaus originally split in 1983, but eventually bowed to public pressure to reform in 1998 and again in 2005. The Mr. Moonlight Tour will be the first time since 2006 that Peter Murphy will perform full Bauhaus sets, and the first time ever that he will do so on his own.
"BOY writes and sings tuneful, friendly, forthright pop-folk songs about life and relationships...The lyrics are in idiomatic American English, cradled by melodies with a comfortable lilt and by Ms. Steiner’s sweet, unfailingly precise lead vocals….Boy brings a pastry chef’s skill to its music; there’s structure behind the sweetness." -- The New York Times (Live Review)
“This band’s about to go pop!” – NylonMag.com
“Great pop songs are boiled-down emotion – a simple line or melody that says it all...Swiss-German duo BOY nails it with viral hit ‘Little Numbers’...simple, catchy, effective.” -- Billboard Magazine
“The duo BOY...pound out bouncy melodies and hand-clap their way through the addictive Mutual Friends.” – Cosmopolitan
“breezy, relatable indie-pop songs...” – Alternative Press
“The debut effort put forth by this Hamburg-based duo is as bubbly and rosy-cheeked as any playful kid...Attaboy!” – Filter Magazine
“I predict a mainstream takeover.” – TheWildHoneypie.com
Hamburg-based duo BOY has finally landed Stateside. The indie pop duo released their debut album Mutual Friendslast week, and today it enters the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #13, while their infectious single “Little Numbers” is currently featured as the iTunes “Single of the Week” in the U.S. and Canada (Mexico will follow on April 2).
BOY launched their first North American tour last week with a sold-out show at NYC’s Joe’s Pub, followed by a second sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, causing the band to add a third New York City date on March 29 at the Bowery Ballroom. The duo will play San Francisco (3/6), Los Angeles (3/8) and San Diego (3/9) before making their way down to Austin for their SXSW debut.
Chosen by NPR Music for inclusion in “The Austin 100” preview (“100 Artists Worth Discovering At SXSW”), BOY’s Austin run begins on Wednesday, March 13 with KCRW Party at the Radio Day Stage (Austin Convention Center), where they share a bill with Jake Bugg and Devendra Banhart. They’ll also appear at the Central Presbyterian Church, the 98.7/IHeartRadio party, Bust Magazine Presents, HomeSlice Pizza “Music By The Slice,” Baeble Music’s Indie Launch Pad, and The Show At Hickory Street.
Keep reading for full SXSW schedule and tour dates...
Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of Australia’s The Paper Kites to its North American label roster.
With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5 million combined YouTube views.
“Up until recently we never expected much of a response (from our recordings) outside of Melbourne, let alone the other side of the world, so when we were approached by Nettwerk, we were certainly surprised!” says bandmember Sam Rasmussen. “We are currently plotting out the next year and beyond. We look forward to sharing the album with the world and couldn't be happier about our new partnership with Nettwerk.” Sharing the same enthusiasm, Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, continues, “I hum their music constantly, so happy to have a part in spreading this inspiring music.”
The band began with Sam Bentley and Christina Lacy playing local cafes in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia. When invited to play a local festival, they decided it was time to expand by adding David Powys, Sam Rasmussen and cousin Josh Bentley. “Sam and I worked together in a warehouse, Josh was my cousin and I liked his drumming…we liked David because he could sing and were big fans of his other band. It was never really an official ‘let’s start a band’ conversation, we just kind of fell into it,” says Bentley.
Nettwerk was excited to see that the Google Glass advertisment featuring the track "New Lipstick" from Nettwerk One Publishing (NW1) client Kissaway Trail was recently chosen Adweek.com's "Ad Of The Day"! The ad now boasts close to 16 million views on YouTube. See the feature on Adweek.com HEREand watch the advertisement above.
State Radio shares the official music video for “Take Cover” from their studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out now).
Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story and "Take Cover" is no different. “Take Cover” is written about the ignorance and detachment of some when it comes to war. Taking this idea a bit further, director Chris Coats explores what happens when complacency is no longer the option. The protagonist, an androgynous female, begins in a generic suburban setting and is quickly propelled through an apocalyptic string of events that is both violent and redemptive.
State Radio’s Chad Stokes, Chuck Fay and Mike “Mad Dog” Najarian serve up rock n’ roll realism that weaves together stories of the downtrodden and the oppressed, but never loses its sense of hope. Demonstrating the band’s versatility, Rabbit Inn Rebellion is raw and gritty, rolling with thunderous drumming and delectably grimy guitars, moving away from the previously reggae- and ska-tinged productions on 2009's Let It Go.
“[Savoir Adore] intuitively sharpen their dreamy dialogues with wiry, earthy hooks and defiant dance beats: the result is an ingenious marriage of esoteric artistry and easy accessibility.” – NPR “10 Artists You Should’ve Known in 2012”
“Their music is terrifically inspired and charmingly executed.” – The Village Voice
March 1, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) - Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore. Combining melodic indie pop with dramatic narratives, Savoir Adore is “musically and lyrically brave” (NME).
Formed in 2007, the fantasy pop-duo of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro has become a fixture of Brooklyn’s indie scene. Following the release of The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat and 2009’s In The Wooded Forest, the New York music press embraced the fantastic self-released Our Nature. On June 4th, Nettwerk will re-release the album with new, previously unreleased tracks. Details forthcoming.
Savoir Adore is the latest addition to Nettwerk’s expanding label roster, which includes artists like Family Of The Year, BOY, Passenger, Junkie XL, Ladytron, Morgan Page, Peter Murphy, Angus & Julia Stone, William Fitzsimmons, as well as catalogue artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, The Submarines and fun.
We are thrilled to announce that Grammy®-winning Writer/Producer Holly Knight has been elected for induction into the 2013 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with other legendary songwriters such as Mick Jones & Lou Gramm,and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry.
Holly’s songwriting created massively successful and iconic hits such as ‘Better Be Good To Me’ and ‘The Best’ recorded by Tina Turner, ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ and ‘Invincible’ by Pat Benatar, ‘Ragdoll’ by Aerosmith, ‘The Warrior’ by Patty Smyth and Scandal,‘Never’ by Heart, ‘Obsession’by Animotion as well as songs from artists such as Rod Stewart, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Divinyls, Chaka Kahn and John Waite.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for June 13th, 2013 in New York City.
CNN Travel recently caught up with Wanting in her hometown of Harbin, aka China's ice city. The Chinese superstar takes viewers on a journey through the multiple winter activities the city offers, including the Harbn Ice & Snow World, where each winter, 2,000 ice castles, ice palaces and ice slides are built and lit up with LED lights. Check it out above!