On February 18, William Fitzsimmons will release Lions, his follow-up LP to 2010’s well-received Gold In The Shadow. Produced by Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie with previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists and The Postal Service among others), Lions is a career-defining album that explores Fitzsimmons’ personal transformation over the last few years.
“The last couple years have been...full (kind of difficult to describe years in a single word). They have been wonderful, painful, long, incredibly brief, and more educational and rewarding than any I've ever lived before. ‘Lions’ is something I'm terribly proud of and utterly connected to,” says Fitzsimmons.
In advance of the album, Fitzsimmons partnered with Paste to reveal an acoustic performance of the first track from the album, called “Centralia.”
"Ben Cooper is more than just a musician: he’s a storyteller, and a good one at that. "
- Paste Magazine
"It’s selling Ben Cooper a bit short to call him a songwriter — the Florida-based artist known as Radical Face is more of a musical mythologist." - Buzzbands.la
"[‘Holy Branches’] begins simply enough, using quiet instrumentation and relying on the easy loveliness of Ben Cooper's voice. By the time the additional instrumentation kicks in behind him, it becomes a full fledged alt-folk anthem." - The Wild Honey Pie
“This guy isn’t just a musician and songwriter, he is a storyteller, tale-spinner, and an artist at making you feel a certain way with just a chord or well-placed line…" - Allston Pudding
"In classic RF fashion, this song is beautiful, with gorgeous vocal melodies perfectly expressing Cooper’s elegant lyrics.“ - Under The Gun Review
Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face, has unveiled a new music video for track “Holy Branches” from his recently released album The Family Tree: The Branches, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #10. Following past tradition, the video, which premiered on influential LA music blog Buzzbands.la, was conceived, directed and produced by Cooper with help from his family and friends.
The Family Tree: The Branches is the second installment of a three-part, stand-alone album series that chronicles a fictitious 19th century family called The Northcotes. Following the first album, 2011’s self-released The Family Tree: The Roots, certain instrumentations and melodies that represent a “family member” reappear on the second album as a continuation of a story or descendent. There is also a progression in production, using instruments that would have been more readily available in this era of the story set from 1860-1910.
“Holy Branches” is the continuation of “Severus And The Stone” from The Roots, which follows the narrative of two brothers, one who lives and one who dies. On “Holy Branches,” the listener is reconnected 30 years later with the living brother and the demons with which he is faced.
It’s been a minute since we’ve been, like, THIS LEVEL excited about a new artist. But, we’re thrilled to say that singer/songwriter/producer Chris Batson has taken us there, and then some. Anyone who does literally anything musical had better watch their backs. A heady combination of poignant lyrics, a sultry voice, and – dare I say it – a dash of R&B-tinged-Bon Iver-ish production…emotional, musical and great with words.”
- Jenny Hally Rubenstein/MTV Buzzworthy
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of the multi-talented producer and Alternative R&B/Soul artist Chris Batson to its worldwide label roster.
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. Drawing from relationships with friends and partners and his own inner conflicts, Batson pens 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.
Growing up in Florida before moving to Los Angeles, Batson pulls from a diverse list of influences – Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Nas, Jay-Z, Kings Of Leon and Coldplay, amongst others. With “a dash of R&B tinged Bon Iver-ish production,” (MTV Buzzworthy) Batson exemplifies his genre-defining style with several standout tracks from We Got Lost Along The Way EP: “Wintertime,” “Never Coming Back,” and “Passenger Seat.”
Download “Wintertime,” “Never Coming Back” and “Tomorrow Will Be Better” Here:
Last month, Batson released the official music video for “Never Coming Back,” featuring Khleo Thomas. Within its first week, the YouTube views reached 400,000+.
Nettwerk Music Group congratulates its own Dalton Sim for his Pollstar Award Nomination in the category of Personal Manager of the Year. The nominees were selected by an anonymous collection of over 200 promoters, agents, managers and other touring professionals. The awards show will be held February 21st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Click HERE for a full list of nominees.
Dalton began his career in 1995 by managing Guster out of the band's apartment in Somerville, Mass. Since that humble start, he's helped shape the careers of Alexi Murdoch, Dispatch, State Radio and, most recently, fun., through his joint venture with Nettwerk.
Congratulations Dalton! We can't think of anyone more deserving!
International hit single “Let Her Go” from Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, is officially certified Platinum by the RIAA, seeing its highest sales week with over 130,000 tracks sold and surpassing the one million sales marker. The single also moves up to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on the Hot Digital Tracks chart and remains in the Top 10 on iTunes and the Top 5 on Spotify. Additionally, album All The Little Lights, which cracked into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 two weeks ago after 59 consecutive weeks on the New Artist Chart, jumps from #80 to #27, giving the album its highest chart number since its August 2012 release.
The video for “Let Her Go” now boasts 125+ million views on YouTube and remains in the top 10 of the VH1 Top 20 Countdown. At radio, “Let Her Go” continues to climb across formats, now Top 5 at Triple A (#4), Top 10 at Hot AC (#7) and #31 at Top 40. The UK troubadour, who is in the midst of a sold-out tour across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, is also about to see his Facebook page surpass one million likes.
The VH1 You Oughta Know Artist made his stateside national television debut in July on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, where he performed “Let Her Go” with Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band. He followed that performance with a morning television debut on Live! With Kelly and Michael. Media coverage has included mentions in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, and features in USA Today, Billboard, Washington Post and more.
An exclusive iTunes Session, which Passenger recorded on his sold-out North American summer tour, will be available on November 12, but preorders are live here: http://bit.ly/1aanMAJ.
"Run River North stays the course -- and finds success." - NPR
"Snappy rock and chamber folk frames their tales of their parents' dreams and struggles to find purchase in America." - Wall Street Journal
"the band’s ambitious folk pop instrumentals, and embellished with frontman Alex Hwang’s dulcet, Ben Gibbard-like tones, is a sense of possibility" - MTV World
Catch Los Angeles-based newcomers Run River North at Hotel Café for their highly-anticipated 2013 residency (Nov 13, 20, 27 and Dec 4). Classically-trained, the band will showcase their ambitious, distinctive folk/rock flair. Self-titled debut album is available February 25th via Nettwerk Records (Pre-order at iTunes now).
Click HERE For The Cannes Film Festival Bronze Medal Winning video and Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV Debut.
At the shows, Run River North will partner with Swipe For Humanity to support Liberty in North Korea. LiNK is a non-profit that brings awareness to the plight of the North Korean people and rescues runaway refugees in China. Swipe For Humanity turns credit card fees into charitable dollars by matching the rates and fees businesses, brands and/or artists are paying to accept credit cards and redirect 50% of their margin to a partnered cause. With this relationship, 50% of all credit card purchases of merchandise at the shows will go to LiNK and its refugee work.
“Ladytron has continually pushed their own boundaries from record to record. Gravity the Seducer Remixed shows how far other artists can push it, and that turns out to be pretty far indeed.” – Rolling Stone
On November 29, electro-pop provocateurs Ladytron will release a Record Store Day exclusive called Gravity The Seducer Remixed - a remix compilation of tracks from their last studio album (Gravity The Seducer).
Fans can get an advance listen to select tracks from Gravity The Seducer Remixed now through November 13 via Rolling Stone at http://rol.st/1fkpjU0.
In speaking about the release, “When we made our last studio album Gravity The Seducer we were conscious that although we wanted to make a slightly different kind of record (going further into the more atmospheric threads we had experimented with in the past), that our soul was essentially disco, and we would also make a more upbeat, parallel version of the record in collaboration with a dozen or so producers we admired. This is the eventual result, albeit a little behind schedule,” says Ladytron’s Daniel Hunt.
Ladytron have earned acclaim by relentlessly pushing boundaries, carving out new sonic and conceptual space and refusing to abide any formula or trend. See full track list below.
Available today, Australia’s Boy & Bear release their sophomore effort and Nettwerk debut album Harlequin Dream.
Their bold and brave new album 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, Sea Wolf, The Walkmen, Father John Misty).
From the current album, "Three Headed Woman" explores a fraying relationship with a slow drum beat and soulful delivery. "It's a simple breakup love song," admits lead singer/guitarist Dave Hosking. "I was hurt and I was on the road. The song was nothing but therapy for me. We really embrace that super simple structure.'" Directed by Melvin Montalban, the video was filmed on location in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Watch the official music video for "Three Headed Woman" above.
Already #1 in Australia, Harlequin Dream is nominated for several ARIA Awards, 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.
"Their tracks are filled with an incredible energy that just lets loose with each performance" – Filter Magazine
"Their teeth-gnashing fury is more drama than sex; you don’t listen to their new song “Big Shot” as much as you are confronted by it. " – Buzzbands LA
“A fantastically gritty rock duo.” – NPR “All Songs Considered”
The Pack A.D., the explosive Vancouver duo featuring Becky Black (vocals/guitar) and Maya Miller (drums), release their full-length Nettwerk Records’ debut Do Not Engage, on January 28. A three-song sampler is available now via Soundcloud, see below.
Black and Miller were recently profiled on Last Call with Carson Daly, who caught up with the band when they played Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. Footage, which includes both an interview and performance clips. Watch the Last Call With Carson Daly "Spotlight Feature" above.
The female outfit, whose music has been described by hometown alt-weekly The Georgia Straight as “frenzied freak pop, unvarnished punk, and desert-shimmer shoegaze,” reunited with Detroit-based producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki) for the 11-song release. Diamond, a friend-turned-collaborator, also produced the band’s 2011 album, Unpersons, which earned The Pack A.D. a Juno nomination for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year.”
Watch Passenger Perform "Let Her Go" On Later...With Jools Holland
Entertainment Weekly Premieres “Patient Love”
From Passenger’s iTunes Session, Out November 12: http://bit.ly/1igyK6x
In its 12th consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, international smash single “Let Her Go” from Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has entered the Top 20 at #19, and also climbed to #8 on the iTunes main singles chart. The single, which is already #1 in 16 countries, was certified Gold by the RIAA a few short weeks ago, and is quickly approaching the Platinum mark. Additionally, after 59 consecutive weeks on the New Artist Albums Chart, All The Little Lights cracked the Top 100 of the Billboard 200, where it lands at #96.
The accompanying music video for “Let Her Go” continues to garner views by the millions, now over 115 Million YouTube views. YouTube took notice of the video’s enormous growth since the beginning of the year, and nominated Passenger for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year, as part of this year’s inaugural YouTube Music Awards. Passenger is nominated alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Naughty Boy and Rudimental. The video also continues to climb the VH1 Top 20 Countdown, reaching #5 this week. At radio, “Let Her Go” is Top 10 at both Hot AC and Triple A formats, and continuing to climb the Top 40 chart.