Archive for SXSW

Introducing:Cousin Marnie And her new track ‘Cain’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2014 by dk

Cousin MarnieReleased: April, 2014

21 year old Cousin Marnie grew up in Hackney in an Irish Catholic family. Doused in country music from infancy and while attending a convent school run by nuns, Cousin Marnie began writing songs, assuming the pose of her country heroines, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, while articulating the sensibilities of the hip hop music she later found as a teenager.

Family holidays for Cousin Marnie revolved around visiting Alfred Hitchcock film locations. The towels in her home were stamped with the ‘Bates Motel’ logo. It is no wonder that she decided to christen herself after one of Hitchcock’s leading ladies, Marnie, as played by Tippi Hedren.

Cousin Marnie’s debut EP ‘Is Sleeping’, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. Marrying her two musical lineages the EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment.

Cousin Marnie swears allegiance to Loretta Lynn and Kanye West from her bedroom at the top of her mother’s house on an estate in Hackney, while at her live show you’ll see her stomping around her own woodland of neon white rabbits. 

Cousin Marnie will be headlining The Sebright Arms on 10th March, before heading to Austin, Texas to play her debut show at SxSW.


Brazil’s Synth-Pop Duo Club America Releases “To Get There” + Sexy, Provocative Video “GIRLS”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by dk

Club AmericaClub America is composed by the brothers Andy and Bruno Alves, natives from the “Manchester City” of Brazil, Sorocaba. With influences that go from synth-pop, indie-rock and post-punk, the duo launched in 2012 with their first single “Believe.” The music video rapidly caught on by being broadcasted on Brazilian music channels such as MTVPlayTVMixTVWoohooMusic Box TVVH1 and Canal Brasil. The instant hit gave them recognition on big-name magazines like Rolling Stone Brasil. The duo has performed around 500 shows in their career including international festivals such as SXSWCMWVOV FestivalPlaneta Terra FestivalGoiânia Noise and Demosul sharing the stage with big name acts like The StrokesToro y MoiInterpolBombay Bicycle Club and Beady Eye

 After two EP releases, countless performances, commercial campaigns for giants like Coca-Cola in Brazil and being selected as one of the six Brazilian songs for the worldwide launch of Windows 8, Club America finally released their debut album. It includes the single “Girls.” The video goes hand in hand with the lyrics depicting two girls in a “friends with benefits” situation, having fun and being carefree about what people might think or say about their amorous, lustful relationship.

Kwes Announces EP On Warp, SXSW Show+Stream

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2012 by dk

Meantime. EP Out May 1 On Warp
SXSW Show Announced

As part of a tight-knit group of young musicians, Kwes has been helping to stitch together a new and creative scene in his hometown of London for the last several years. Working on early demos for The xx, producing tracks for Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle, and collaborating with Micachu (of Micachu and the Shapes) lead to remix requests from the likes of Hot Chip and Damon Albarn, who would later call upon the producer for his DRC Music Project. In 2009 he released his debut single on XL Recordings/Salvia, and the following year came his debut EP No Need To Run on Young Turks, which have released music from the likes of The xx, SBTRKT, and Glasser.

His new EP Meantime will be coming out this May, and will feature four tracks that expand upon his “free-pop” sound which Kwes describes as pop music without limitations or expectations, free to incorporate his equal love of R&B, house, soul, pop and disco. Evident in new track “bashful” this release also prominently features his new-soul vocals which bring to life his earnest, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics. His ability to make synthetic sounds feel achingly human is what makes his music so appealing.

US audiences are now able to experience these songs live for the first time this month at SXSW. Although Kwes played his first solo show this past November he is no stranger to the stage having played as part of the live band for artists like Jack Penate, Ebony Bones, and Leftfield.

Meantime. Tracklisting
1. klee.
2. bashful.
3. honey.
4. lgoyh.
Kwes. – bashful. (from ‘Meantime’ forthcoming EP on Warp Records)

March 17 @ SXSW
Warp & Friends Showcase @ BandPage HQ
(Club606 / Auto’s Empire Garage – 604 E. 7th @ Red River St) – 12:15am

Free Energy Shares Brand New Track + SXSW Dates!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2012 by dk

In celebration of their upcoming SXSW dates, Free Energy is thrilled to share a brand new jam from their new record. Download “Electric Fever” MP3 FREE HERE

The upcoming LP is entitled Love Sign & was produced by legendary knob jockey and Jersey City wildman, John Agnello.

Catch Free Energy LIVE at SXSW to hear some more new strokes and stay tuned for more details about the forthcoming sophomore album.

Free Energy SXSW Performances
3/14: Popantipop/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Party @ The Brew Exchange (formerly Annie’s West), 3:30PM
3/14: Blow Up Presented by Caoker and The Seaport Music Festival Showcase @ Blue Theatre, 5:20PM
3/14: Consequence of Sound Showcase @ Emo’s Jr, 1:00AM
3/15: The Get Down Day Party @ Kenny Dorham’s Backyard Park
3/15: Vagabond Collective Showcase @ Gypsy Lounge, 4:45PM
3/16: My Old Kentucky Blog Showcase @ Peckerhead’s, 4:30PM
3/16: The Windish Agency Showcase @ ND at 501 Studios, 9:00PM

Scattered Trees Sympathy Out 8/9, download New Album Leaf Remix and Tour w/Asobi Sesku!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2011 by dk

Scattered Trees Announce Physical Release
of Sympathy, out August 8 via Roll Call Records/EMI
New U.S. Tour, Including Dates with
Asobi Sesku and Wildfire!

“Sympathy, is filled with gorgeously melancholic tracks (think Wilco meets The Lonely Forest), and we can’t get enough.” –Nylon
“From the opening hum and drone that becomes a choral cascade on “Bury the Floors,” to the mellow yet majestic turn of “Five Minutes,” Sympathy is a joy to behold, all beguilingly beautiful invention that takes subtle shifts into elevated terrain.” – No Depression
“There’s a lot of hope in this music, and we’ve got a lot of hope for this band’s upcoming full-length, Sympathy.” – RCRD LBL
Scattered Trees is pleased to announce the physical release date of its latest record Sympathy, August 8th via Roll Call Record/EMI. In honor of the new physical release of the band’s album, Scattered Trees has made the Album Leaf’s remix “Four Days Straight” available for download.
Download  remix HERE and Scattered Trees’ original HERE .
In the hands of the Album Leaf, the band’s anthemic track becomes a slow-building ethereal epic. The band is also heading out on tour this spring and summer, including tour dates with Asobi Sesku. See full tour dates below. Stay tuned for new July/August tour dates coming soon!
It’s been a whirlwind year for Scattered Trees. A little over a year ago, Scattered Trees was effectively broken up, with members of the band literally scattered all across the country. Then, lead singer Nate Eiseland’s father passed away, and as a tribute to his late father, Nate penned a series of songs on his acoustic guitar. With those acoustic songs in hand, the band came back together in Chicago and fleshed out the tracks, writing the songs that would become Sympathy. That album has been praised by Nylon, RCRD LBL, Consequence of Sound and others as an album that’s not to be missed. The band’s music is also currently climbing the Hype Machine charts.
Born out of tragedy, Sympathy reaches for great emotional heights, exploring the intricacies of love and loss in the process. The lush confessional “Bury the Floors” opens the album, setting the tone for the rest of the record with lush multi-part harmonies and Nate Eiseland’s stark lyricism. It’s a diverse record where rock epics like “Love and Leave” and “Four Days Straight” exist side-by-side with slow-burners like “Five Minutes” and “On Your Side.” It’s a rare, cathartic record that’s as heartfelt as it is therapeutic.
Scattered Trees Upcoming Tour Dates:
5/13: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews *
5/14: – Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co *
5/15: St Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
5/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme *
5/24: Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
5/27: Tucson, AZ @ Plush #
5/28: Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite Club #
5/30: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #
5/31: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp #
6/2: Telluride, CO @ The Steaming Bean
6/3: Cheyenne, WY @ The Bananza
6/4: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
* w/ Wildfiree
# w/ Asobi Seksu

Introducing:Volkova Sisters – LA Tour dates (after SXSW), videos, …,

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2011 by dk

Volkova Sisters is based on the songwriter duo, Daniel Sandor and Dalma Berger. They began this project 2 years ago based on the passion and respect of the dark wave sounds from the 80’s. Think of the shimmering distortions of My Bloody Valentine combined with dreamy landscapes of Cocteau Twins. The name was dedicated to William Gibson, the father of cyberpunk, Volkova sisters are one of the main characters from his book Pattern Recognition. Their first LP, Venus Robot will be released by EMI in certain European territories at the beginning of may.

LA dates:
30th march CORNER BAR, Burbank 22:00
1st april FØØL’Z GØLD [] (LA) event:
4th april 19:45 WHISKEY A GO-GO (LA)

Stream Music at Soundcloud
Volkova Sisters: World Without Delight (Official Music Video)

Volkova Sisters : Early (Live at Metropol Budapest)

Clock Opera Announces Single Belongings(stream) via Moshi Moshi, Heads to SXSW!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by dk

Clock Opera Head to Austin
And Announce Moshi Moshi Single

Wonderfully orchestrated aural soundscapes” -Dazed & Confused

Clock Opera denotes their genre as “Melodramatic Popular Song,” a category bands usually choose when they’re being cheeky, but in this case could not be more accurate.” -The Fader

We think we are in love” – NME

“Belongings” Out May 9th (Moshi Moshi)

Belongings (teaser)

SXSW Schedule
3/16 [DAY] – The Glitoris vs Big Stereo, Barbarella, 611 Red River (12:30pm)
3/16 [EVE] – The Bat Bar, 218 East 6th St (11pm) [OFFICIAL]
3/18 Fri [DAY] – British Music Embassy
3/18 [DAY] – British Music Embassy Brunch, 512 San Jacinto BLVD (12pm)
3/18 [DAY] – Wichita + Moshi Moshi, Valhalla, 710 Red River (4:30pm)
3/18 [EVE] – Hype Machine party, Pure Volume House, 504 Trinity St (12am)

British band on the rise, Clock Opera will release their new single “Belongings” on May 9th via UK tastemaker label Moshi Moshi (known for the early championship of acts like Florence and the Machine), as well as making their way across the pond to Austin to showcase their dynamic live show which is garnering them praise and fans in leaps and bounds.

Produced by front man Guy Connelly, “Belongings” is already a highlight of their live set; an incredibly beautiful and emotive song, while the b-side is the understated brooding and delicate “Let Go The Lifeboats.”

Clock Opera has been steadily building a reputation as purveyors of cerebral, original and utterly captivating music over the last year. Their first limited edition single “White Noise” is now a rarity and both “A Piece of String” and “Once and For All” released in 2010 have cemented the band’s prolific future among their constant growing league of followers.

They have supported the likes of Yeasayer and Au Revoir Simone on their UK tours and have also delivered inspired remixes for the aforementioned artists as well as reinterpretations of The Drums and The Golden Filter.

Clock Opera will be performing at this year’s SXSW festival for the first time, and wrapping up recording their debut album slated to see release later this year.