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Boxed In To Make U.S. Live Debut At SXSW

“The debut album from Boxed In will enhance your life…Oli Bayston is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds.” — NME

“…a beauty, capturing Bayston’s housed-up, lo-fi appeal, which involves locked-in, Hot Chip recalling grooves, world-weary, Bernard Summer-like vocals and simple-as-pie melodies that worm their way into your soul and claim squatters rights. Stunning.” — Sunday Times “Debut Of The Week”

"Boxed In…hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again.” - The Line of Best Fit

Boxed In, the first solo endeavor from UK songwriter/producer Oli Bayston, will see their U.S. live debut when they appear at SXSW with multiple showcases scheduled (full list below).

Recently, Boxed In played their first headline dates in and around London to sold-out crowds, as well as supported La Roux and Django Django on their respective sold-out London shows.

Nettwerk Acquires An Interest In Justin Time Records

Nettwerk Music Group (Nettwerk) announced today that it has acquired an interest in Justin Time Records (Justin Time), an independent record label with a 30+ year history of releasing jazz and blues records from such luminaries as Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones and Ranee Lee. The label also includes releases from 2015 Juno nominees Marianne Trudel, Jane Bunnett and Angela Galuppo.

Under the arrangement, Nettwerk and Justin Time have formed a strategic relationship whereby Justin Time can leverage Nettwerk’s international infrastructure in order to continue to grow its catalogue of jazz and blues recordings, as well as sign new artists, all under the continued leadership of Jim West, Founder and President of Justin Time.

Nettwerk President/COO Simon Mortimer-Lamb says, “We are very excited to welcome Jim West and his amazing label into the Nettwerk fold. The combination of Nettwerk’s worldwide infrastructure and Jim’s creative vision will allow Justin Time continue to grow its already wonderful roster and strengthen its over 30 year legacy.“

Jim West, President of Justin Time, adds, "I could not be happier to be working with Nettwerk, a company I’ve long admired. This new association allows me the opportunity to focus on signings and overall basic growth of the label. It’s a wonderful new home with seasoned professionals and the sky is the limit."

Nettwerk has seen strategic growth across its label, management and publishing divisions over the past 12 months, with the addition of a Nashville office, a joint venture with Los Angeles-based 1916 Management and most recently, the 50% acquisition and go-forward publishing joint venture with Ten Ten Music Group and the acquisition of Robot Of the Century Music Publishing. The current Nettwerk roster includes such internationally acclaimed artists as Passenger, Family of the Year, fun., Guster, Wanting, Sinead O’Connor, Perfume Genius, Stereophonics, Olafur Arnalds and Chromeo, as well as sought after songwriters like Neil Mason, Jesse Jo Dillon and Andy Hill.

Madi Diaz Announces April East Coast Dates

Madi Diaz spent the second half of 2014 on the road in support of her latest album Phantom, both headling and opening for such artists as Echosmith, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., X Ambassadors and Fitz and the Tantrums, and creating scores of new fans along the way. She ended the year with a headline show to a packed crowd at the Troubadour in her newly adopted home of Los Angeles. After taking a well deserved couple of months off in 2015, Madi will once again hit the stage this April for a short run of east coast dates starting in Boston on April 20. She’ll also make a special appearance on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz on April 22.

Listen To “Mess” From Phantom Here: 

Phantom (Sept 30) was recorded in Madi’s newly adopted home of Los Angeles, produced by Nick Ruth (Mikky Ekko, Active Child) and mixed by John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Oh Land) at NYC’s famed Electric Lady Studios. The album’s 11 tracks expand upon Madi’s brand of sophisticated indie pop songs, providing a soundtrack for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a canopy of stars. Underneath the effervescent pop, her lyrics reveal an emotional through line.

Madi Diaz Tour Dates:
Mon, April 20 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Tue, April 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Thur, April 23 Uncasvlle, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort
Fri, April 24 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar

Nettwerk Signs German Artist Lùisa

(left to right: Patricia Nigiani (Nettwerk), Benito Pflüger (band member), Friederike Brodersen (Nettwerk), Marcus Bünte (Wintrup), Walter Holzbaur (Wintrup), Martin Schuhmacher (Nettwerk), Lùisa, Siebeth Darm (manager))

Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of singer-songwriter Lùisa to its European label roster. The Hamburg-born artist impresses with her smoky voice, signature guitar lines and expressive compositions. The end of May will see the European release of her new album Never Own, on which she combines her folk roots with electronic mysticism, strong melodies with headstrong pop. Dancing between quiet introspection and stormy outbursts, the artistic progress of the 22-year-old can also be read in her vivid lyrics, which are sung in English, French and Italian.

The album was recorded both inside an old light ship in London and in a country house at the shores of the North Sea. It was produced by her band and the young and talented producer Filippo Cimatti.

Morgan Page Shares First Single From Upcoming Studio Album, "Open Heart" Feat. Lissie

This summer, acclaimed producer/artist Morgan Page will deliver his first album in three years, DC To Light.

Partnering with Sirius XM’s “BPM Bender,” Page premieres first single, “Open Heart” featuring singer/songwriter Lissie, whose past collaboration received acclaim when the Deadmau5 remix of their 2008 effort “The Longest Road,” earned Page the first of his GRAMMY nods.

“There’s something special that happens when we get together in the studio,” says Page of his long-time partner. “We somehow get these songs that just cut through the clutter.”

Listen (& Share) “Open Heart” Feat. Lissie:

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations Share "Come People" Music Video; Tour Starts April 30

Partnering with Relix, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations shares the official music video for lead single, “Come People” from the forthcoming album, Nanna (out March 17 via Nettwerk Records).

In the past, Rudd was known for his onstage one-man-band setup, including a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. Today, Rudd fronts an 8-piece band, featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals. The aptly-titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. See full dates below.

Nate Ruess Unveils New Single "Nothing Without Love" + Video

Two-time Grammy award winning songwriter and frontman of the band fun., Nate Ruess teamed up again with Some Nights collaborators Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie on his anthemic new single “Nothing Without Love" (Fueled By Ramen) out today via all digital music providers.

The track includes backing vocals from Swedish muse, Lykke Li, along with guitar riffs from iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer; and is accompanied by an epic music video directed by Anthony Mandler (fun, Jay Z, Lana Del Rey).

Nate discusses his upcoming solo album, arriving early this summer - in the current issue of Rolling Stone.

ARCHIS Shares "Bittersweet" Official Music Video; Debut EP Out Today

Watch/Share Official Music Video For "Bittersweet" Which Premiered On Kick Kick Snare

"Music’s ability to evoke emotion is pretty much unparalleled, and when a song is done right, it’ll wrap you around its finger and take you along for whatever ride it’s planned...“Bittersweet” is filled with a passion and technical precision that’s extremely rare. ARCHIS is their passion project, and it shows from the first note to the very last." – Hilly Dilly (“Most Popular Song Of The Week”)

“From start to finish, it's an absolutely mesmerizing song" – Diffuser.FM (“Let Me Love”)

"The EP is a cohesive mix of bright melodies and gorgeous instrumentation that highlights both artist’s strengths, while consolidating their artistic visions. From the rolling drums of opener “Blood” to the swelling horns of “Bittersweet,” ARCHIS is a cinematic adventure and a fearless pop offering from one of the most unexpected, but promising pairings out there today." - Indie Current

"ARCHIS are a singer/producer duo, but not the chanteuse-and-synthesizer variety that proliferate in the pop marketplace. No, on Archis’ self-titled EP, there are strings and horns involved, and it sounds sublime." – BuzzBands.LA

“ARCHIS is a sonic collaboration between the crazy talented Dia Frampton and the equally adept Joseph Trapanese. The product of their partnership is a pretty killer combo. Frampton’s voice and songwriting style are unique and haunting with just enough pop sensibility. Trapanese creates an orchestral backbone that makes you feel all the feelings.” – Kick Kick Snare

With their debut EP, ARCHIS has gained the attention of tastemakers for both the novel concept behind its inception and the cinematic, chilling and powerful music videos that accompany the tracks. Partnering with Kick Kick Snare, ARCHIS shares the official music video for “Bittersweet,” the second installment of a connected trilogy.

"Bittersweet" is about the loss of a dear relationship, a connection that was broken, and no matter how hard you try, you can't get it back. Sometimes you just have to let the past be the past. When you try to rekindle something you long for, it can end up stale and will never be what it used to. It's hard to let go, and those memories can haunt you in your sleep and never let you rest,” says Frampton.

Good Old War Announce First Tour Dates In Two Years; New Album Coming Summer 2015

Philadelphia’s Good Old War announce their first US tour dates in two years. The band is excited to also share the news that drummer Tim Arnold will re-join them for the run, having left Good Old War late last year after re-locating to Atlanta for the birth of his first child. The dates kick-off at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on March 30th and has Good Old War playing intimate venues throughout the Northeast and Midwest where they’ll be doing a set filled with fan favorites as well as some songs from their forthcoming full-length album due out this summer on Nettwerk.

The spring tour news comes less than two months after Good Old War announced that they signed to Nettwerk and were hard at work in Nashville on their fourth album. The new album is the follow up to their March 2012 full-length release Come Back As Rain which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and earned the band their late night TV debut on Conan in April 2012. Good Old War went on to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August and toured nearly non-stop that year both headlining and supporting (Counting Crows, Dispatch and NEEDTOBREATHE). In addition, they found themselves playing the main stage at the Xponential Music Festival in Philly that summer alongside Wilco, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers.

The Once Announce International Headline Tour


[Departures] is a beautiful record” - Exclaim 

2015 Juno Nominees The Once have announced a Spring headline tour starting on March 11 in Montreal, Canada and ending on May 9 in Birmingham, UK. The Newfoundland-based folk trio spent the majority of 2014 supporting label-mate and friend Passenger on his worldwide tour, but this marks their first international headline dates.

Watch The Official Music Video For Lead Single “We Are All Running” Here

The Once -- Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill -- received a JUNO nomination for their 2014 album Departures in the category of “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group," marking their second career nomination in this category. Their story began five years ago, when the band released their 2009 self-titled, award-winning debut, which was funded by a stranger at a show who was so impressed that he offered them $5,000 to make the album. Since then, the band has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada, having collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned the aforementioned JUNO nomination for their 2011 album Row Upon Row of the People They Know. They caught the attention Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride at the Vancouver CelticFest, who offered them a label deal shortly after.