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.
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 -- GeraldineHollett, AndrewDale and PhilChurchill -- 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.
In honor of Valentine’s Day and celebrating love—for everyone, even those with gaps between their teeth, dandruff or questionable dance moves—Run River North teamed up with XO Mints on their new social music video, “The Ugly Couple Song.” It features the band covering a song originally written by Joshua Beeman and encourages everyone to open their hearts to love every day.
“The Ugly Couple Song,” created, directed and produced by RPA Advertising with Cut+Run handling editorial, stars three quirky men with humorous and yet somewhat universal tales of their awkward years, finding true love and ultimately starting “something beautiful.”
Fans can download the song on xomints.com for FREE.
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Nettwerk has launched Nettcast, a twice monthly podcast hosted by Nettwerkers and featuring various Nettwerk artists.
This week, hosts Penny Palmer and Raj Sharma sat down with the lovely and talented Madi Diaz. Find out Madi's thoughts on helicopters and happiness and learn why Madi is probably not the best person to discuss your celebrity crush with.
Hosted by Nettwerkers Raj Sharma, Penny Palmer & special guest Jason Croke!
“This may be the best cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” so far”
– Huffington Post
Today, Alternative R&B artist & singer/songwriter Chris Batson shares his beautiful cover of Sam Smith’s ubiquitous hit “Stay With Me.”
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At only 22-years of age, Los Angeles-based Batson writes the most poignant and deeply personal lyrics, matched with a vocal soulfulness beyond his years. On his debut EP, We Got Lost Along The Way, Batson draws from relationships with friends and partners and his own inner conflicts, penning heart-wrenching stories from his dark and unpredictable life experiences, thoughts and emotions. With that rare ability for provocative lyricism, Batson masterfully pairs his words with melodic hooks and instrumentals that unveil an authenticity and talent that are not just refreshing, but also relevant. Listen To The Full EP Here: http://bit.ly/1KdVDrf.
The return of Admiral Fallow is ushered in with the release of the brand new track "Evangeline", and the announcement of 3 exclusive ‘fan’ shows in the U.K. (see below).
"Evangeline" is taken from the band’s forthcoming third album, which is to be released later in the year. The, as yet unnamed, album follows on from 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Tree Bursts In Snow’ an album that saw the band shed the constraints of nu-folk and swell into a more organic design, blending traditional with electronic, orchestral and Indie. This album sees the band continue on the same expansive path. Previously Louis Abbott (lead vocal and guitar) was at helm; now the song writing is an entirely collaborative process, each member’s individual skill and talent as important as the other and "Evangeline" encapsulates that perfectly. Abbott adds, “A lot of the friends that we've grown into adulthood with are settling and starting to have kids of their own. This song imagines how terrifying and exciting in equal parts it would be to one day be responsible for a tiny life. The foundations were born out of the project we created in collaboration with Glasgow Film Festival last year.”
United Kingdom Fan Shows:
3/2 London, UK Sebright Arms
3/3 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
3/4 Edinburgh, UK Electric Circus
Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015 via Nettwerk Records. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and his band mates have created some of their most dynamic songs to date. The first single “Zero In The City” premiered on Paste yesterday. Listen below or here: http://bit.ly/1u2xGiF
As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of these unique and unusual locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario. A number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks were recorded amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats in the caves. A Forest Of Arms was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist).
Beloved husband/wife indie folk duo The Weepies – Deb Talan and Steve Tannen – return with Sirens, their first full-length release in five years, on April 28, 2015. The pair will hit the road with a full band starting May 29 in Madison, WI for a 28-city U.S. tour. Yesterday, Billboard.com premiered the album’s title track (here: http://bit.ly/1zyLPVz).
Of Sirens, Steve tells Billboard, "This was a helluva a year for us Weepies. Frightening dire diagnoses, hospitals, and helping angels everywhere, but it seemed like maybe this was also the end of everything -- like the journey was over. Sirens were mermaids that led sailors to their doom with their sweet voices. It's also a reference to an ambulance siren, and together they summed up the feeling of the year: otherworldly, hopeful, terrible.”
At 16 songs and nearly an hour long, Sirens is an album that runs the emotional spectrum. Just before Christmas 2013, Deb was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. While she was in treatment, the band continued to write and record from their home studio in Iowa, where they now live with their three children. In the summer of 2014, Deb beat cancer. Coming back from the edge sharpened the duo’s skills and focus. SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.
Berlin duo Schwarz Dont Crack have released their first official music video for “All My Love” from their self-titled debut EP, which was released last week. The video saw its worldwide premiere last week on Vice’s Noisey; watch it above or here: http://bit.ly/1Ck6C1a.
The EP, which is currently streaming in its entirety on Soundcloud, serves as an introduction to the Schwarz Dont Crack signature sound – rich with pop hooks and melodies that never skirt too far into the mainstream, backed with luscious beats that combine the entrancing snare of a well-produced sound palette without distracting from the thrust of club propulsion.